Mac Miller - Circles
Review: 5 - "A masterpiece of literature" by , written on May 4, 20020
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Mac Miller - Circles

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    When rapper and multi-instrumentalist Mac Miller died of an accidental overdose in 2018, he left behind an unfinished two-part album project: "Swimming" (released last year) and "Circles", which has now landed on wax after getting a digital release earlier in 2020. It's a musically diverse and mostly introspective affair, with Miller shuffling between styles wearily and switching roles (singer-songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, beat-maker) seemingly at will. While such role hopping could have resulted in a sonic mess, the set sounds surprisingly coherent, not least because the thread running through it all is Miller's painful soul searching and well documented mental health issues. As a posthumous full stop to a life ended all too soon, "Circles" certainly hits home hard.

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    Side 1
    1. "Circles" (2:49)
    2. "Complicated" (3:52)
    3. "Blue World" (3:29)
    4. "Good News" (5:41)
    Side 2
    1. "I Can See" (3:41)
    2. "Everybody" (4:16)
    3. "Woods" (4:47)
    4. "Hand Me Downs" (4:59)
    Side 3
    1. "That's On Me" (3:19)
    2. "Hands" (3:19)
    3. "Surf" (5:30)
    4. "Once A Day" (2:41)
    Side 4
    1. "Right" (bonus track) (4:45)
    2. "Floating" (bonus track) (4:09)

    When rapper and multi-instrumentalist Mac Miller died of an accidental overdose in 2018, he left behind an unfinished two-part album project: "Swimming" (released last year) and "Circles", which has now landed on wax after getting a digital release earlier in 2020. It's a musically diverse and mostly introspective affair, with Miller shuffling between styles wearily and switching roles (singer-songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, beat-maker) seemingly at will. While such role hopping could have resulted in a sonic mess, the set sounds surprisingly coherent, not least because the thread running through it all is Miller's painful soul searching and well documented mental health issues. As a posthumous full stop to a life ended all too soon, "Circles" certainly hits home hard.

    Clear Vinyl with Poster

    Side 1
    1. "Circles" (2:49)
    2. "Complicated" (3:52)
    3. "Blue World" (3:29)
    4. "Good News" (5:41)
    Side 2
    1. "I Can See" (3:41)
    2. "Everybody" (4:16)
    3. "Woods" (4:47)
    4. "Hand Me Downs" (4:59)
    Side 3
    1. "That's On Me" (3:19)
    2. "Hands" (3:19)
    3. "Surf" (5:30)
    4. "Once A Day" (2:41)
    Side 4
    1. "Right" (bonus track) (4:45)
    2. "Floating" (bonus track) (4:09)