Mac DeMarco
Another One


3.0
good

Review

by Polyethylene USER (23 Reviews)
August 4th, 2015 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If Another One doesn't exactly kick off phase two of Mac's career, it does serve as harmless filler until then.

Rejoice, everyone! Your favourite John Lennon-impersonating hipster doofus is back. No, I did not mean Kevin Parker. That esteemed title surely belongs to Mac DeMarco, the talented young singer-songwriter from Canada.

Over the last three years, Mac's been making waves with his brand of lovesick guitar pop. His first full-length album, 2, found him already a charismatic and compelling music presence. Behind every jangling number was Mac's gap-toothed grin, part of a lovable persona which also includes an infatuation with cigarettes. Last year's sequel Salad Days was arguably an even stronger set of songs. Though Salad Days explored little new sonic territory, it did find Mac's sound deepening, with more pensive lyrics and mellifluous compositions than we'd heard before. Songs like 'Salad Days', 'Brother' and 'Treat Her Better' delivered on the melodic promises of his debut in a big way.

I hoped that now Mac had perfected his signature sound with Salad Days, he might change it up somewhat to keep from stagnating. Disappointingly, his aptly-titled new mini-album Another One is mostly more of the same. Like his last two records, Another One features twinkling guitars, shuffling drums and Mac's lackadaisical voice, all bobbing together down a gentle stream. Most of these eight songs are sun-drenched and heartfelt, and worthy additions to the Mac DeMarco canon. But heaven almighty are they similar to Mac's previous material.

'The Way You'd Love Her' kicks off the pint-sized record with chiming guitar riffs and a bittersweet chorus. For those of us who love Mac, the song is comfortable and warm, like an old jersey. But like that old jersey, 'The Way You'd Love Her' is also faded, slack and overly familiar. As lovely as the track is, it is eerily similar to 'Blue Boy' from Mac's last album, especially in its chorus.

Most of the songs on Another One elicit similar feelings of both charm and deja vu. The only aspect of Another One that really distinguishes it from previous Mac DeMarco releases is its use of keyboards, most audible on the title track and the ambivalent 'A Heart Like Hers.' While not propelling Mac to anywhere new, the soft-focus sound of these keys enriches Another One's polaroid loveliness.

The only real exception to the same-old feel of this new record is the ambient closer, 'My House By The Water.' Featuring the sound of lapping waves beneath faintly ominous keyboards, this outro sounds more like a Boards Of Canada track than a Mac DeMarco one. Could this possibly be a taste of wonderful weirdness yet to come? Is Another One simply the jangle-pop songs Mac wanted to get out of his system before going somewhere radical? One can certainly hope.

If Another One doesn't exactly kick off phase two of Mac's career, it does serve as harmless filler until then. Forgiving its lack of ambition, one can definitely have fun with Another One. After a couple listens through, the country twang of 'I've Been Waiting For Her' and the Brian Wilson-esque pop of 'No Other Heart' seem to be the standouts. I may not be able to accept your invitation for coffee at your house, Mac, but I'll sure be soundtracking my mornings with Another One for the next couple weeks.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Polyethylene
August 4th 2015


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

banged this one out very quickly, feedback appreciated tho

psandy
August 4th 2015


280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yes yes, mine was going to mention the Wilson parallel but I somehow forgot to include it entirely. Good read my friend :-)

YakNips
August 7th 2015


19989 Comments


without me is really good

Polyethylene
August 8th 2015


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah, who'd have thought Mac could cover Eminem so well?

guitarded_chuck
December 2nd 2015


18063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sounds exactly like a slightly more mellow tame impala

rabidfish
April 6th 2017


6262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

best 'it's early morning and I'm up already, but I actually got nothing to do this day so it's nice' soundtrack

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theBoneyKing
September 9th 2017


19746 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Checked this out on a whim the other day, solid little Mac joint. Perfect lazy weekend music.

NorthernSkylark
May 10th 2019


10613 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Another One (the song) really hits home.

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