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What Happened To The Beach?

Declan McKenna

What Happened To The Beach?

Third album from London-born singer-songwriter produced by Gianluca Buccellati (Lana Del Rey, Arlo Parks, Paris Texas)

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  1. 10.0 |   Dork

    Towards the end of the album is perhaps the best song Dec has ever written: penultimate ballad, ‘It’s An Act’. A heart-stopping piece of emotional vulnerability in the middle of an album that can be quite odd and surreal, it’s a landmark moment for an artist continuing to scale the greatest of heights
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  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This stunningly ambitious yet surprisingly restrained album is a personal inspection of Declan’s current life, putting politics (mostly) aside and abandoning grandeur to think about himself for a minute, gifting listeners a vessel for empathy along the way
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  3. 8.0 |   NME

    On his third album McKenna, an artist who first established themselves as a political voice, briefly sheds the title to find joy in music
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    His third is a fun yet wonderfully composed record that sounds radically different to what he’s produced before. If a little odd at points with a dialling down of immediacy, patience is required to fully appreciate the pay-off
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    Decidedly mature yet still with that same self-aware playfulness, this is undoubtedly his most eclectic offering to date
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The 25-year-old’s excellent third album recalls the White Album for its breezily restless invention
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  7. 7.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    While it does not hand out aces on all fronts, it remarkably returns to classically flamboyant roots that urge the importance of enjoying life
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  8. 7.2 |   Paste Magazine

    The English glam-rock singer-songwriter’s third album explores a new sound, the pressures of young success and the ebbs and flows of creativity
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  9. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    The follow-up to 2020’s Zeros fully embraces experimentation and demonstrates impressive range
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  10. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Even the songs that aren’t hooky have a likeably woozy, squelchy, marijuana-psychedelic production
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