Mac DeMarco
Here Comes The Cowboy


2.0
poor

Review

by Alex Stephenson USER (42 Reviews)
May 10th, 2019 | 115 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Putting himself out to pasture.

The charm of Mac DeMarco’s music pre-2019 is hard to deny. DeMarco of yesteryear is perpetually a little goofy, a little stoned, yet his music flows through your earholes like warm butter. And while some may disagree with this perception, I’ve always felt as though his music continually improved over time, with Another One and This Old Dog featuring some of his sleekest production and most thought-provoking songwriting choices to date. The primary issue with those releases is that they don’t do much to expand DeMarco’s reach beyond the niche he’s cultivated for himself. To remain in a singular niche like that promotes artistic stagnancy, which is never a good thing if you wish to remain relevant in the long run.

Surprisingly, Here Comes the Cowboy doesn’t fill DeMarco’s niche so much as it distances itself from it, to the point where hardly a single molecule of the album could be confused with DeMarco’s previous work. This works to the benefit of some artists; for DeMarco, it’s a disastrous and potentially career-killing failure.

All of DeMarco’s charm is stripped away on this record, the ebullient breeziness of prior records replaced by a narcoleptic lo-fi production job that relies more on synthesizers/keyboards than any other DeMarco album. The man cannot pull off this type of mood for such an extended period, and even the most dedicated fans are going to find it challenging to sit through the record’s almost-50 minute runtime without a few bathroom visits, a lunch break, and a short nap. The Old West connotations of the album’s title are never really explored apart from a couple of joke tracks (including a hidden track at the very end) and a few songs containing what is presumably supposed to be a synth replication of temple blocks. DeMarco just doesn’t commit to anything at all on Here Comes the Cowboy, leaving the album to sound like a horrific-yet-stunningly-boring mess.

Single “All of Our Yesterdays” is easily the best track on the record because it comes closest to capturing the “classic” DeMarco sound, a sound that is mostly either ignored on this record or stripped down to the point of being unrecognizable. It comes across as either a very misguided move on DeMarco’s part or a very lazy one, and neither one bodes well for the man’s career long-term. To continue producing albums of this quality will earn him quick critical and commercial disfavor, and to return to his older sound now will cement him as a novelty act of sorts. Both journeys have only one possible outcome: complete, unrelenting irrelevance. Time will tell how quickly it comes, but with the release of Here Comes the Cowboy, such a fate seems inevitable for the quirky king of ‘10s jangle pop. ‘Tis a shame.



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TheLongShot
May 10th 2019


793 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Fuck this

Drsmith4
May 10th 2019


1753 Comments


Obscene album art

Slex
May 10th 2019


6642 Comments


I bet this absolutely sucks

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Drsmith4
May 10th 2019


1753 Comments


Oof that first track is dull, in a teeth-gritting way. Mac throws the Jeopardy theme song in a blender, painstakingly pieces the scraps together, sets the track to half-speed, covers it from memory a few days later as he mumbles a cowboy mantra

TheLongShot
May 10th 2019


793 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I found the opener to be one of the more interesting tracks just because of how unforgivably daft it is.

FourthReich
May 10th 2019


3763 Comments


This is out!?!?

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luci
May 10th 2019


10951 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

now that's what i call uninspired

ButtBoy
May 10th 2019


2940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fuuuuck 2.7 avg?! what a major bummer

DoofDoof
May 10th 2019


3395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This might be an alright summer listen actually, maybe his best pure summer listen, but it's nothing amazing for sure.

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juiceviaorange
May 10th 2019


733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Leave it to Sputnik to be wrong as usual

luci
May 10th 2019


10951 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

and the first contrarian arrives

theBoneyKing
May 10th 2019


16690 Comments


Finishing this up right now - I’ve enjoyed every Mac up to now more than the previous one and I really loved This Old Dog. This sounds like the worst version of that what album could have been, really damn boring and not in a particularly endearing way.

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ButtBoy
May 10th 2019


2940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the album art really does suck

Morpha
May 10th 2019


55 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

CHOO CHOO*hits gong* BABY COME RIDE WITH ME

JayEnder
May 10th 2019


3855 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

What the actual fuck are the music videos for this album. Title track's video is... interesting... to say the least.

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Chortles
May 10th 2019


21384 Comments


dude has just gotten more and more boring. pass

twlichty
May 10th 2019


4026 Comments


Mac has always sucked

JayEnder
May 10th 2019


3855 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I can't agree with that but this is definitely less interesting than his other stuff.

Daesu
May 10th 2019


40 Comments


Fuck I loved this old dog

Diabetes
May 10th 2019


10 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wee snaw



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