2 - Mac DeMarco
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 17, 2012
    80
    Mac DeMarco may assume a trashy fa├žade, but beneath that lies a genuinely talented songwriter who writes what he knows and keeps us entertained while he does it.
  2. Mar 13, 2013
    89
    2 is nothing if not authentic.
  3. Dec 21, 2012
    60
    2 seems to merely scratch the surface of what DeMarco can do; a record of what-ifs and wishes, 2 is only a partial glimpse of a guy we know too little about.
  4. Dec 10, 2012
    80
    There is a hidden depth to much of 2 which belies the outwardly bright nature of many of the songs and the cheesily trad imagery.
  5. Nov 8, 2012
    80
    Countless acts have shamelessly imitated the Velvet Underground, but DeMarco has come up with a new tweak to that formula, coming closer to a lighthearted Modern Lovers feel without sacrificing the edginess and darkness of the VU.
  6. Oct 31, 2012
    82
    DeMarco writes about life--both the heavy moments and the mundane ones--with economy and newfound grace.
  7. 70
    He owns these songs of slackerhood completely, delivering a lean collection of 11 that concisely communicate the nature of the 20-something daydreamer--no more, no less.
  8. Oct 26, 2012
    80
    2 deals in lugubrious late-night lyricism and equals Kurt Vile and Cass McCombs for warmly melodic meanderings that beguile rather than baffle. [Dec 2012, p.69]
  9. Oct 24, 2012
    76
    DeMarco, sans Elvis pitch-shift, delivers some quality tunes on 2.
  10. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    Compared to Rock and Roll Night Club, 2 is a more polished and refined take on his brand of minimalist rock, structured around his keen songwriting.
  11. Oct 19, 2012
    60
    An album that never quite delivers, largely because it's so unvarying in tone... Yet it manages to sound refreshing.
  12. Oct 19, 2012
    80
    An album that's sprinkled with magic.
  13. Oct 17, 2012
    80
    The songs here are too strongly crafted to be mistaken for the work of some teen slacker.
  14. Oct 15, 2012
    60
    As an album, it's quite a varied piece of work, despite never really emerging from its shell.
  15. 80
    Lyrically witty, full of neat turns of phrase, his songs recall the quirks and kinks of Jonathan Richman, the tale-telling and wit of Alex Turner (specifically the Arctics man's gentle, romantic work on the Submarine soundtrack), and the playful verbosity of Pavement's Stephen Malkmus.
  16. 2 finds Mac DeMarco growing as an artist, settling into a workman-like rhythm and puttering through some of the catchiest tracks of the year.
  17. Oct 15, 2012
    70
    DeMarco is still a befuddling character, but the compressed landscape of 2 takes steps away from his cartoonish beginnings toward something equally strange, but possibly more grown up.

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