Uh-oh, looks like I’m seeing more of my old man in me
Mac DeMarco is the first singer to sound like Bob Dylan that I have liked. There’s just something about the way Dylan ends a lot of his notes that I do not have the tolerance for. Yet with Mac, it doesn’t bother me and I don’t know why. I am happy this is the case because DeMarco is a phenomenal song-writer and This Old Dog (which may contain explicit language) is one of my favorite albums of the year so far.
I haven’t really heard much at all from any of DeMarco’s previous work. I’ve told you all before that I don’t like to go back and listen to a bands prior work. Don’t know why, but it’s how I am. So there’s nothing really for me to compare this to. I almost have to treat it like a debut record.
I love DeMarco’s conciseness on the record. I love his ability to talk about serious things in very simple and easy to understand terms. I love the texture he brings to his acoustic guitar parts. The songs all sound whole despite their simpleness and lack of layers instrumentally. DeMarco doesn’t try to distract or manipulate. Instead he lets his songwriting speak for itself. And the quality of his songwriting does not allow the slow pace of the beat or his vocals to become boring, but continually sparks interest throughout the entire record. This record is also cohesive instrumentally and consistently clear lyrically with songs about heartbreak and simultaneously letting down others and oneself.
I have only listened to the record straight through once, which is why I am a little less detailed than usual. But I had to release the album review on the release date so I could make the Cinco De Marco joke on Facebook. This album leaves a strong first impression, and appears to only grows one’s infatuation with time. So as time elapses, I hope that in This Old Dog we can find some new tricks as well.
Favorite Songs: My Old Man, Dreams From Yesterday, On the Level, Moonlight on the River
Top 10 Potential: Yes
Album Cover: 8/10
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