Mac DeMarco
2


4.0
excellent

Review

by wackydelly USER (3 Reviews)
October 16th, 2012 | 63 replies | 7,625 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A sweet collection of timeless hammock-ready jams

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

Mac DeMarco is not a revivalist. You could argue against that on the subject of his solo debut Rock and Roll Night Club, wherein he played the King of Rock and Roll himself, boozed-up and discomforting listeners with his intimacy as his quivering baritone crawled out of the signal. However, once the second side tuned in to 106.2 Breeze FM, in place of the sauntering Elvis persona was a sincere, affable, and considerably less theatrical voice that carried sentimental hits like “She’s Really All I Need” and uplifting rockers like “I’m a Man” that displayed him straddling the roles of character and songsmith with little difficulty.

Since then, DeMarco has emerged from the static, yet his songs remain just as personal. It brings the term ‘breakthrough’ into question, as 2 rests pleasantly oblivious to our current musical climate and dwells comfortably in its own reverie. Sure, these songs are laced with nostalgia, but their mildly dream-pop-informed foundation transcends the cozy proto-rock and -pop numbers they reference. With glimmering guitars and DeMarco’s voice laid snugly atop, his inconspicuously infectious tunes are complemented by an enchanting atmosphere.

Easiness isn’t quite as easy to capture in the inspiring manner that 2 does. DeMarco’s signature tape-warped guitars stretch out the funky chords that stroll through the verses of “Cooking Up Something Good” and unhand them for the chorus, “Life moves this slowly / just try and let it go,” while “Sherrill” is underpinned by quivering tremolo keys that feel as if they’re slowing time. Even when he unleashes a discordant solo on “Robson Girl” DeMarco imposes no tension. This would be a fault were it not for 2’s brevity and blissful peaks, like the wistful melody behind “My Kind of Woman” and the breathtaking falsetto soaring over “Still Together”, easily the album at its most tender. It expresses repose in a way that’s infinitely more comforting than it is contrived.

There’s something beautiful about the lackadaisy within 2 that remains a challenge to place, and that may just be it. Once one feeling rises to the fore, like Demarco reassuring the listener “Really, I’m fine… Sincerely, don’t worry” on “Freaking Out the Neighborhood”, another will act as a leveling contrast, such as the slightly anxious refrain the lyrics are sung to. Earnest but not too serious, ethereal but not elusive, reflective but not homesick, DeMarco probably wouldn’t like us to think of him as a multifaceted personality, but it’s what makes his latest album so endearing.


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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2012



4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wonderful album

wackydelly
October 16th 2012



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Indeed!

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2012



4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

3 ratings

*P4K reviews album*

60 ratings

wackydelly
October 17th 2012



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh man, have you seen their report on his CMJ set?

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
October 17th 2012



4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't, what do they say

wackydelly
October 17th 2012



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://pitchfork.com/news/48231-cmj-mac-demarco/

Kiran
Emeritus
October 24th 2012



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oohh honey i'll smoke you til i'm dyin

Kiran
Emeritus
October 24th 2012



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review by the way

wackydelly
October 25th 2012



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks!

Kiran
Emeritus
October 27th 2012



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really love this album, it gets me

Cygnatti
October 27th 2012



21350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've heard of this guy somewhere but I can't figure out where/when

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2012



4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY_3uxzkoV4

Kiran
Emeritus
October 29th 2012



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i listened to rock & roll nightclub after obsessing over this for the past week and it's the strangest, most awesome album

jercohen
October 30th 2012



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is an awesome album. Chill or weird exactly when it needs to be.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

WARNING: THE PEOPLE ARE COMING

sportsboy
November 1st 2012



629 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'M SORRY I HAD TO CHECK A BNM
freaking out the neighborhood is so good though

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Peluca
November 4th 2012



31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my kind of woman is perfect


robertsona
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2012



15019 Comments


something irks me about this guy dont know what it is

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
December 4th 2012



6443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nifty little record. Lovely atmosphere.

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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
December 4th 2012



4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"something irks me about this guy dont know what it is"

irk. i'm going to start using that



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