This album is fantastic and shows great growth from Mac Miller. He crafts this album with stories of personal journey and uses his life experiance to make relatable tales.
The production is great as it does not override the rhymes while being creative and enjoyable. The beats are all different from each other while keeping the signiture sound of Mac Miller. He has chosen backings that accentuate his talents and make really great tracks.
The lyricism is good and helps with the descriptive portion of storytelling. Mac Miller uses a range of techniques to heep his raps fresh and interesting to the listener while being able to get his point across with a good amount of impact. Maybe some more variation in his delivery could enhance some moments, but he certainly does not slack on this album.
The features bring a good comparison to the project as they all bring good verses that push Miller on. The performances they pull off all help show that they are more than competant and that they can compete with Mac Miller as a great MC. Some more guests from different genres could make some amazing moments as Miller has a lot of crossover skills, but he has chosen guests well for this project.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable and entertaining album that has plenty of replay value and is more than worth the wait. Mac Miller should be proud of fighting his struggles as well as making a great album.
This album is certainly different from others available at the moment but that may not necessarily be a good thing. The backing is much more relaxed and calm with the lyricism relying on the words and not so much on delivery and this all comes together to make an interesting listen.
The production is very laid back and provides a good base for Earl to showcase his skills. The use of instruments and sounds helps create beats that are more individual than others and make each track more enticing. The main issue is that there is not a lot of energy in each beat and it can feel like the music is not connecting to the listener. However the lyrics help bring it back as enjoyable.
The lyricism is not complex but it is powerful due to the involved nature of most of the tracks. The way the words are put together and the emotional weight they carry help make the lyrics hit harder with the listener. The delivery can come across as flat as Earl does not have a lot of variation in his performance but the words themselves are strong.
The features are good but can be difficult to distinguish from Earl. This detracts from their efforts on each song and doesn’t really show the guests in the best light. If they had been a bit more assertive then they may have stood out a bit more on thier tracks.
Overall, the album is enjoyable to listen to but not for the conventional reasons other albums recently have been enjoyed. The calmer nature of the tracks may not be for everyone but the people who do enjoy them, will enjoy them a lot.