Mac Miller "Watching Movies With The Sound Off" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 08:46:20
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"If God was a human, it'd be yours truly," declares Mac Miller. Mind you, he adds "Watching movies with some foreign groupies" to complete a devilishly divine verse from "The Star Room", the hypnotic opening track to Watching Movies with the Sound Off. It's that kind of blissfully breezy wordplay—and lines like "freebasing with Freemasons"—that does put him in the same league as hip-hop's finest. Make no mistake. Mac is one of the best in the game right now, and his latest opus proves that tenfold.
Dreamy piano drips through the pensive "Avian", which cycles from urging kids to shut off their computers to name-checking Kenny Powers. Earl Sweatshirt's deep guttural growl adds soulful menace to "I'm Not Real", showing that Mac can walk on the wild side. Meanwhile, it's the more ethereal fare that floats off to another level altogether. Most notably, "I Am Who Am (Killin' Time)" sees Mac's easy flow juxtaposed with lithe harmonies from Niki Randa. "Red Dot Music" allows him to get raunchy with Action Bronson before "Watching Movies" reels the mood back in.
That's the most fascinating aspect of the record. It feels like your favorite flick, ebbing and flowing as our hero experiences a myriad of ups and downs—chemical, emotional, and otherwise. By the time you reach a penultimate lyrical shootout with Tyler, The Creator on "O.K.", you want more, and he delivers it on "Claymation". Mac deserves blockbuster success with Watching Movies With The Sound Off. It's one of the year's best and a milestone for him. He may just be some kind of rap god after all…
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