Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 15, 2012
    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.
  2. Mar 13, 2013
    2 is nothing if not authentic.
  3. 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.
  4. Oct 17, 2012
    The songs here are too strongly crafted to be mistaken for the work of some teen slacker.
  5. Dec 21, 2012
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. Oct 15, 2012
    As an album, it's quite a varied piece of work, despite never really emerging from its shell.
  8. Oct 17, 2012
    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.
  9. Oct 24, 2012
    DeMarco, sans Elvis pitch-shift, delivers some quality tunes on 2.
  10. Dec 10, 2012
    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.
  11. 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.
  12. Oct 23, 2012
    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.
  13. Nov 8, 2012
    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.
  14. Oct 31, 2012
    DeMarco writes about life--both the heavy moments and the mundane ones--with economy and newfound grace.
  15. Oct 19, 2012
    An album that's sprinkled with magic.
  16. Oct 19, 2012
    An album that never quite delivers, largely because it's so unvarying in tone... Yet it manages to sound refreshing.
  17. Uncut
    Oct 26, 2012
    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]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 16, 2015
    A logical step forward from the sound he achieved with Rock and Roll Night Club, 2 builds on the character of Mac himself as it relates to hisA logical step forward from the sound he achieved with Rock and Roll Night Club, 2 builds on the character of Mac himself as it relates to his warm, hazey semi-psych output. 8.7/10 Full Review »