Zayn’s new album, Icarus Falls, isn’t a commercial hit.
I have to laugh when music sites drop an album review after only a day of listening. To really sink your teeth into new tunes means giving the songs a second to settle. Zayn’s sophomore record, Icarus Falls, needs listeners to do just that.
After my initial play, I gathered that the magnanimous 27-track LP was a cohesive list of bedroom bops. Zayn could stand to trim a couple of the tracks, but imagine how many were left on the cutting room floor. Icarus has a vibe, and it soundtracks the chilly winter months to the perfect degree. It’s a real shame it underperformed.
According to early estimates from Hits Daily Double, Icarus Falls will open up with 15,000 – 20,000 in sales plus streaming. Of that lot, just 3,000 – 5,000 are in pure sales.
Personally, I’m not a fan on sales figures and No. 1s. I don’t find myself in disbelief when an artist breaks a Spotify or YouTube streaming record, because I’m not convinced that artistry has a correlation to sales.
The real injustice here is that more people should hear Icarus Falls. Zayn really just dropped two albums worth of material, but the world is still somewhere streaming “Thank U, Next.” That is a good song, though.