Zayn
Nobody Is Listening


2.5
average

Review

by Brandon Taylor USER (40 Reviews)
January 17th, 2021 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Zayn is making the music he has always wanted to make. Unfortunately it's music none of us really wanted to hear.

The only surprising moment on Nobody Is Listening comes at its very beginning, and unfortunately it’s not a great one. Zayn’s rapped verse on opener “Calamity” is a corny stream of consciousness lacking in both rhythm and nuance (“You’re a snake, fell off the ladder” being a particularly cringe example). It’s the moment that best reflects the increase in creative control Zayn claimed to have for this project, but in the same breath it shows that his artistry may have flourished most with another creative mind at the helm.

I don’t want to judge an artist too much for taking a swing and a miss, but it would be more respectable if it weren’t the only swing on the album. The following 10 tracks on Nobody Is Listening are a risk-averse showcase of contemporary R&B’s most generic modern trends. Passionless sexual metaphors, likening love to drugs, and takedowns of fake friends – if you didn’t grow tired of these dime-a-dozen tropes in the 2010s, you might actually enjoy what’s on offer here, but I don’t think I can even pretend to stand such cliches in 2021.

Zayn has a fantastic voice, but you wouldn’t know it based on what this LP has to offer. The few moments he showcases his falsetto (the pre-chorus of “Connexion” for example) are dizzying, but the lower end of his range lacks the unique timbre of peers such as The Weeknd or Ruel. The album’s best moment is when another voice is introduced to break up the monotony – “When Love’s Around”, with its solid groove and Syd feature, is probably the sole moment from Nobody Is Listening that will live onward in one of my playlists. But as for the rest… you guessed it, nobody is listening.



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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2021


32053 Comments


Damn, brutal summary.

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2021


5486 Comments


lol yes that summary kills
nice rev, two thingies:
- 'it's' in the first sentence should be 'its'
- you use 'most' 2x in the last sentence of the first para, consider changing one of those

brandontaylor
January 17th 2021


1228 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thank you for the pointers, appreciate it.

i'm a bit rusty with writing but i'm hoping i can keep up with the reviews for the whole year. doing shorter 2-4 paragraph reviews is probably gonna be the way i can stay engaged without growing fatigued, so i hope they're not too brief for this site.

Squiggly
January 18th 2021


1268 Comments


Pos. Now I know to avoid this.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2021


32053 Comments


"i hope they're not too brief for this site." I believe any effort is appreciated, specially on new releases.

Slugboiiii
January 18th 2021


335 Comments


Album cover is a Maccabees rip-off

TooLateToGoBack
January 18th 2021


2106 Comments


Man really off after his debut eh.

Feels like he's joined the other members of 1D besides Styles in musical irrelevancy.

Cygnatti
January 18th 2021


36037 Comments


maybe Zayn should consider why it is that nobody is listening

bigguytoo9
January 22nd 2021


1416 Comments


"maybe Zayn should consider why it is that nobody is listening" I think its more so, the fans he has are still 13 year old girls inside who thought shaving their legs before a 1D show meant they would get railed backstage.

Purpl3Spartan
April 12th 2021


8655 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Had a friend loving this album when it released. I listened to "Vibes" and felt almost sick in my stomach at the awful lyrics and weird production choices. Zayn does have a good voice tho



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