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Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
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  1. Oct 30, 2014
    67
    Recorded in his Brooklyn apartment, Salad Days tosses off the same charmed, lazy pop songs with a balsamic aftertaste.
  2. Mojo
    Jul 11, 2014
    80
    Above all, there's a genius for economy. [Aug 2014, p.94]
  3. May 7, 2014
    80
    A simple record to listen to under the sun that has a couple of knowing winks about going steady and treating your pals right, but nothing you need worry about.
  4. Apr 24, 2014
    85
    The results are a wistful, free-wheeling and intimate snapshot of DeMarco's psyche-an album that is more complex than you might assume, but more rewarding for it.
  5. Q Magazine
    Apr 23, 2014
    80
    The pleasure was all ours. [May 2014, p.108]
  6. 90
    Mac knows better than to let his bellyaching get in the way of everyone else's good time--instead, he’s simply dialled down the quirk and written his best record yet.
  7. Apr 21, 2014
    80
    The mood only really dips on Chamber of Reflection, when jangly guitars are replaced by a discombobulating synth and his downer sentiments are matched by the music.
  8. Apr 7, 2014
    80
    Salad Days is a testament to love at its most selfless and pure as much as it is the fear of holding on to it.
  9. 60
    Many of the songs feel like incomplete character sketches that simply gesture at yearning and crisis.... Salad Days is, nevertheless, an interesting piece of work.
  10. Uncut
    Apr 2, 2014
    70
    Salad days is goofy but sweet guitar pop in the vein of Jonathan Richman, occasionally somewhat lightweight but delivered with a crooked smile that's quite endearing. [May 2014, p.73]
  11. Apr 2, 2014
    74
    It’s a good look for him and an excellent return of the Mac.
  12. Apr 2, 2014
    70
    The progression that Salad Days shows is encouraging, even if the album starts to peter out at the end.
  13. Apr 1, 2014
    70
    The music never seems to come from a place of desire to convey something true or honest from within DeMarco, but instead it paints variations of past emotions, interpret others’ honesty, gives a distorted remembrance of the past for a more entertaining present.
  14. Apr 1, 2014
    67
    DeMarco doesn’t spend time wallowing. Instead, he crafted a companion piece to his previous works, fleshing out a fuller image of an artist “struggling” to find his place in the landscape of indie rock.
  15. Apr 1, 2014
    85
    For all its internal contradictions, Salad Days is no more or less than a great album in a tradition of no-big-deal great albums.
  16. Apr 1, 2014
    70
    Salad Days is packed with wry, knowing lyrics and washed-out vocals, like a meeting of Stephen Malkmus and Marc Bolan.
  17. Apr 1, 2014
    80
    His patron saints appear to be Harry Nilsson and yacht rockers like 10cc, and rarely are either channeled with this little cheese and this much panache. He merges these influences with what's quickly become his signature guitar sound, an effortless style that can be playfully discordant. It's these dissonant bits that elevate DeMarco's easily digestible pop.
  18. Apr 1, 2014
    91
    Though DeMarco certainly hasn’t ditched his slacker aesthetic, Salad Days is nonetheless a strikingly mature achievement for the 23-year-old.
  19. Mar 31, 2014
    80
    Goodbye Weekend sees DeMarco take issue with his critics, particularly the way his sometimes bizarre live shows have been reported. On this evidence, his talent should be celebrated. Salad Days, indeed.
  20. Mar 31, 2014
    80
    Ultimately, Salad Days is an aural testament to the old adage that there’s a fine line between genius and insanity.
  21. Mar 31, 2014
    90
    With more memorable tracks and a slightly more accessible feel, the album is less distracted and more tuneful than before without losing any of the freewheeling spirit that made his songs and persona so attractive in the first place.
  22. Mar 31, 2014
    80
    You can enjoy Salad Days for its unadorned flow and easygoing weirdness, or you can stop, reflect and be moved by its fresh honesty. It’s worthwhile either way.
  23. 83
    It’s a record that boasts glaring maturity without diminishing the iconic immaturity.
  24. Mar 28, 2014
    90
    On Salad Days it becomes a lot clearer. He's honed his skills to write wonderfully weird, often gentle pop songs.
  25. Mar 27, 2014
    80
    While the tone keeps the wistful summer vibes of his earlier work intact, the Brooklyn-based Canadian also gets reflective on this dud-free second full-length.
  26. Mar 27, 2014
    80
    The songs only sound sleeker, more melodic, more intensely stoned.
  27. Mar 27, 2014
    90
    The guitar sounds throughout Salad Days are pristine, the lyrics sublime and the vocals... the Lennon-isms are often befuddling but they can only be applauded.
  28. Mar 27, 2014
    80
    Salad Days isn't the stuff of mainstream success, but it strongly suggests his cult is only going to get bigger.
  29. 80
    While those individual songs are great, they generate the urge to listen to the whole record in its entirety which, in the end, may not be as healthy and carefree as the title and arrangements would have us believe.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 211 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 211
  1. Aug 8, 2014
    9
    With the return of the Mac, DeMarco's mellow and laidback delivery over instrumentals- such as the many guitar driven ones, is interesting andWith the return of the Mac, DeMarco's mellow and laidback delivery over instrumentals- such as the many guitar driven ones, is interesting and becoming one of the most significant and lovely signatures to surface within music lately.
    The follow-up project is more accessible, warm but the weird out-put of his John Lennon-esque character is still on play with hazy vocals and lyrics. And so in fact, the songwriting is the much improved, while musically the sophomore is a lot in line with it's predecessor. Lazy, sad, yet friendly and cartoonish-ly off kilter. "Salad Days" might not be his concept record, (just a odd man maturing from love) though what I as a listener got out from this, is a conceptual based album- especially strong at the stretch from "Let Her Go" to "Treat Her Better", that on the ears and paper is a fantastic set of storytelling. It is a beautiful piece off of an album with highlights of being catchy and serving deeper moments of self-deprecating mockery and loneliness. Seen on videos, DeMarco may be a little loose, un-predictable and too stoned for the best as the music he composes, but laying beneath is a self aware, genuine and tuneful aura- like the guy he is himself.

    "Salad Days" is a great Soft rock album with sweet and fun melodies, performing sharp writings and just spreading an infectious vibe.
    Note- the perfect summer record.
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  2. Apr 1, 2014
    10
    Mac DeMarco is a master at making each instrument work together as one, flowing in perfect harmony. His music truly captivates you, making itMac DeMarco is a master at making each instrument work together as one, flowing in perfect harmony. His music truly captivates you, making it so easy to get lost in and just enjoy. He seems very wise for a man only 23 years old, writing songs that are so deep and beautiful but so friendly at the same time, so much so that I feel like Mac is an old friend of mine even though I've never met him. For me, Salad Days is album of the year for 2014 so far. The album feels timeless. Mac DeMarco is definitely a man to watch. Full Review »
  3. Apr 10, 2014
    5
    The hipster name to love this season. Altough enjoyable, I feel litte connection to the songs or themes. It's like a good artist playing on aThe hipster name to love this season. Altough enjoyable, I feel litte connection to the songs or themes. It's like a good artist playing on a local bar, but not something of wider appeal. Full Review »