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Mac Miller


Fifth album from the Pittsburgh rapper featuring guest appearances from Snoop Dogg and Thundercat

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  1. 9.0 |   The 405

    Mac Miller finally perfects his craft with the existential dread, and ultimate acceptance, of Swimming
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  2. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    If Swimming is the masterstroke of an artist who left too soon, "2009" is its crown jewel, a song it's easy to believe ten years of music was leading up to
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  3. 8.1 |   Gig Soup

    This album highlights Mac Miller as a rapper and a creative artist. Sing along choruses without the use of major features. Playing the role of swim coach while we take laps with him
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  4. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    It’s an album that feels how getting older feels: relinquishing the ideal of perfection and learning how to live with yourself as you are
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  5. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Miller has turned his anguish into one of the year’s most disarmingly pleasant records
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  6. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s a comeback of cathartic hip hop that feels like a leap forward
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  7. 8.0 |   NME

    The rapper's brutally honest fifth album is a stellar – if somewhat overlong – artistic statement
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  8. 8.0 |   The FT

    Miller’s rapping is deceptively laid-back, a murmured drawl that makes his shifts in emphasis and wordplay seem easy
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  9. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    Mac Miller sings deftly about heartbreak and his mental state, capturing his resignation without turning sadness into a performative spectacle
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  10. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Miller sounds great when he’s whining, croaking, stretching syllables like warm mozzarella. Swimming’s spare, dreamy production allows him to do a lot of that
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  11. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    If Swimming doesn’t quite achieve greatness, it connects. You can hear his pain and perseverance, even if he struggles to put it into words
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  12. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Swimming captures Miller at a creative apex where he's acutely aware of where he's been and where he can go
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  13. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    He sounds like a would-be chart-topper, not to mention one of the most versatile and accomplished hip-hop artists working today
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  14. 7.0 |   All Music

    With an eye on the future, Swimming is ample evidence that Miller can pick up the pieces and continue evolving, his grasp on thoughtful, introspective hip-hop getting stronger by the album
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  15. 6.0 |   The Observer

    He’s in no rush, but Swimming finds him quietly making waves in his own headspace. It feels more accomplished for it
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  16. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    An altogether more mature, well-rounded sound than his patchy earlier work
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