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ZAYN - Icarus Falls (2018) Published: December 14/18 Released: December 14/18 albumPop27 Tracks • 88 Minutes
TRACKWAVE SCORE
The percentage of professional music reviewers who liked this. Above 75% is gold. ?
41%
    SELECTED LINE: A too-long album that loses Malik’s charm in all the ideas it tries to get across. -Rolling Stone
    Icarus Falls is the second studio album by Zayn, released by RCA on December 14, 2018.
    Preview
    1. Let Me3:05
    2. Natural3:13
    3. Back To Life3:15
    4. Common3:52
    5. Imprint3:10
    6. Stand Still3:18
    7. Tonight3:40
    8. Flight of the Stars3:20
    9. If I Got You3:19
    10. Talk To Me3:00
    11. There You Are3:19
    12. I Don't Mind3:25
    13. Icarus Interlude4:01
    14. Good Guy2:34
    15. You Wish You Knew3:25
    16. Sour Diesel4:03
    17. Satisfaction3:28
    18. Scripted3:41
    19. Entertainer3:22
    20. All That3:19
    21. Good Years3:00
    22. Fresh Air2:48
    23. Rainberry2:51
    24. Insomnia2:55
    25. No Candle No Light (feat. Nicki Minaj)3:15
    26. Fingers2:51
    27. Too Much (feat. Timbaland)3:07
℗ 2018 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Critic Reviews (22)

What you have, as a whole, is a rather befuddling collection of songs.

4 months ago

Entertainment Voice Entertainment Voice

Overall, the soul-popster enthrals with his supple vocals, melodicism, and innovative production.

7 months ago

theMusic.com.au theMusic.com.au

Malik clearly wants to convey heartbreak, romance, and existentialism, and that’s harder to do when you sound better suited for whisper singing.

50% 7 months ago

SpectrumCulture SpectrumCulture

Icarus Falls doesn't cover any new sonic ground for Malik as an artist.

7 months ago

The Sydney Morning Herald The Sydney Morning Herald (TOP)

Zayn's return to music seems like an odyssey to get through, but it's an ambitious and adventurous unfolding of his story grappling with the spotlight and personal issues since his solo breakthrough.

7 months ago

AXS AXS

There are certainly decent moments, but Icarus Falls is quantity over quality.

40% 7 months ago

SCMP Young Post SCMP Young Post

His album could be much tighter, but its downfall comes in the form of unnecessary embellishment.

60% 7 months ago

The Straits Times The Straits Times (TOP)

Once you accept the intimidating length and occasional clumsy lyric (see: “An attack of the mind / like Optimus Prime in his prime”), there’s plenty here to appreciate.

60% 7 months ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

Overall, this album definitely sounds like one you would expect ZAYN to put out.

7 months ago

Soundigest Soundigest

t’s the sound of Zayn grappling with toxic masculinity.

7 months ago

NOW Magazine NOW Magazine

The concept is only half-conceived, and the listening experience is repetitive and dull.

58% 7 months ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

Originally slated for release in early 2017, half of the tracks that make up the album are already familiar to fans while the rest will probably never leave an impression.

7 months ago

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

‘Icarus Falls’ is stocked full charisma, his signature R&B influences, and much more ambition than his first foray into a solo career.

70% 7 months ago

Clash Music Clash Music

A too-long album that loses Malik’s charm in all the ideas it tries to get across.

7 months ago


The simmering blandness of Icarus Falls is all the more surprising, given the level of anticipation surrounding Zayn’s solo career just two years ago.

7 months ago

Vulture Vulture

Across 27 tracks, he tries on so many guises—melancholic balladeer, unabashed chart-chaser, avant-pop visionary—that he fails to ever separate himself from his peers, rendering Icarus Falls a forgettable, albeit expertly produced, travelogue of R&B trends.

40% 7 months ago

Slant Magazine Slant Magazine

Whatever the artistic intent, Icarus Falls remains a monstrosity -- a bountiful gift or a daunting challenge, depending on the listener -- that deserves some attention if there's time and patience to spare.

70% 7 months ago

AllMusic AllMusic

Treads more of the same ground—a lot more, actually—while also serving up a few surprisingly sublime pop moments.

64% 7 months ago


It doesn’t come by much of a surprise that Zayn’s 27 track long sophomore record is a lengthy and monotonous affair.

8 months ago

Thomas Bleach Thomas Bleach

A 27-track mosaic to be poured over time and again, ‘Icarus Falls’ is the pop star cementing himself in the echelon of stardom.

80% 8 months ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

The much-delayed sophomore album, which was originally scheduled to be released in September 2017, is soulful, melancholic, tender and deeply personal.

8 months ago

WHO Magazine WHO Magazine

Malik will leave fans swooning with his maturing soulful falsetto, melismatic yearnings that check his heritage, and muzzy, midnight mutterings.

80% 8 months ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)
User Reviews (5)

Hamana banana8 months ago
AMAZAYN Zayn has an incredibly unique voice and amazing creativity that will take this 2nd album to new heights!

isesbigts8 months ago
Impressive I didn’t think he’d be able to outdo Mind of Mine because that album is a masterpiece but he did! He absolutely did! What a unique sound! I’m so glad I got to hear such great music. Maybe the universe doesn’t hate me that much after all.

zarayvega8 months ago
Awesome This is the best album ever!

.d.m.y.8 months ago
So worth the wait, so worth buying. BUY IT!!! A phenomenal album, each song has its own theme however he managed to attach the songs backstories to the theme of the legend of Icarus. You get upbeat songs, sad songs, h*e anthems and love songs that you can play at your wedding, its R&B-pop with edm and Hindi influences, he covers your every mood and there’s undoubtedly a song to play to relate to whatever your feeling. The production is amazing, the lyrics are deep but yet so endearing, his vocals are out of this world, from his low registers to his middle to his high notes and falsettos, what more do you want in an album ??? Also, 27 songs (2discs) for only 15$ ? a whole deal and sooooo worth it.

TerrenTooDope8 months ago
Growth Zayn has shown growth as an artist. So far I’ve enjoyed 4 of the singles. The only one I just wasn’t feeling was sour diesel. I love let me, entertainer, there you are and good years. I’m excited to hear the rest. Super proud of Zayn. ♥️
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