By: The Busted Amp Staff
JOSEPH: This album is an interesting one. First off, I'm not ok with this being called an LP. It is an EP. And I think asking any consumer to spend $11 on 23-minutes of content is too much. Now, you may disagree with me if you really like it, but I get this notion from my video game side, where I've watched big budget video games decide it's ok to ask for $60 for a game that only lasts the length of a $10 film. But I still think that asking for $11 for a 23 minute "LP" is too much. But fortunately, we live in a world where nobody pays for music anymore so that point doesn't really matter to most. It matters to me, but nowadays I'm in the minority.
What about the album though? I thought the album was....interesting. Mac DeMarco really has a creative and unique mind, one which he really lets run wild in this mini-album, taking us through a somewhat effective musical experiment which ends with a song that is just the sound of water and some chords and DeMarco handing out his home address to the listener and inviting them over. Yup. It's that kind of album. And that's cool! I think a lot of people will appreciate that. Unfortunately, I'm (kinda) not one of them. This album....lacks the punch I like to hear in my music. And the experiment isn't memorable enough for me to really appreciate it like I did on something like Perfume Genius's album Too Bright, or Susanne Sundør's Ten Love Songs. So, ultimately, this album is fine. I can really respect DeMarco for allowing us inside his mind in just 23 minutes, but there's just not enough here for me to really be able to appreciate the experience. Now, I don't have a problem with short albums. I actually like them more than an album that's 70 minutes long but has a lot of filler songs. But if you're gonna be short, you better deliver some quality songs. And ultimately, I just didn't hear the quality I was expecting to hear on this.
My Number: 5/10
Derek: Mac DeMarco is the everyday slacker's god. His kooky personality and refusal to take anything too seriously has cemented him in the "chill" zone. This musical space, where stoners and summer picnics with family collide, has catapulted him into the spotlight and he continues to slow waltz his way to the top on his third "LP" Another One. As Joseph said above, the album is only 23 minutes, but that's just his style (2014's Salad Days was only 34 minutes). I don't knock him for cutting out the nonsense; in fact, I respect him for it. I would even argue that this album is more focused than Salad Days and benefits from the even shorter length. Musically, the songs aren't drawn out and none of them feel cut too short either, and this is from an album where only two songs break the 3 minute mark. Instead, DeMarco thrives on capturing the brief, often fleeting thoughts that enter his mind, and if we were to peer through the signature gap in his front teeth and into his head, we'd see a quiet confidence that allows him to do whatever the hell he wants. Just watch the video for "Another One" for an idea of what I mean.
There's nothing on this album that's abrasive, no punch, no angst. There are some emotional topics like uncertain love, but it's masked by his lovable hippie-hobo tone. But that's the point. When he gives out his actual address on the closing song of the album, it's the encapsulation of his entire persona. I, like so many of his fans, want to have a cup of coffee with him at his house. I want to hang out at the beach and see what nutty thing he does next...or nothing at all. That's the joy of it. In an industry that likes to take itself a little too seriously sometimes, it refreshing to hear an artist that goes against that grain.
Do yourself a favor. Pick a nice sunny day, pop this album on your favorite portable music device, and take an easy stroll through your neighborhood. Don't be surprised if you find yourself smiling incessantly, waving at neighbors you usually hate, and petting their stupid but lovable dog.
My Number: 7/10
Final Verdict: 6/10
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