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  • Summary: The sixth and final studio release for the rapper was completed with the help of Jon Brion.
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I spent the whole day in my head Do a little spring cleaning I'm always too busy dreaming Well, maybe I should wake up instead A lot of things I... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
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  1. 100
    Through the album there’s a mesmerising rhythm, a kind of rocking horse motion that spurs you on to the next track. ... On Swimming he was adrift, searching for a lighthouse beam that would bring him back to “a place of comfort”. On Circles, it sounds as though – if only for the briefest of moments – he found it.
  2. Jan 21, 2020
    90
    His gruff vocals hold pain and weariness as he reflects on his struggles and challenges. Yet, however difficult it might be to ingest his candour, there is also a maturity about Miller in which to take solace. There's a sense of growth and lessons learned. These are the marks of a life well-lived, however short.
  3. Jan 21, 2020
    90
    Where Circles succeeds, where it becomes a graceful and elegant piece of art rather than an experimental excursion, is in finding the perfect subject matter for its laidback meanderings. Quite simply, these songs are dispatches from a day in the life of Mac Miller.
  4. 80
    It’s a high-quality project, but we lost Mac way too soon, and that’s hard to accept. So while it’s hard to listen to him talking about self-deterioration and how he spends far too much time in his own head, it’s a privilege to hear him share his inner most thoughts over a bed of sweeping, inventive sonics. This is the album Mac Miller was born to make.
  5. Jan 21, 2020
    80
    If Swimming felt contemplative, Circles feels even more like a singer-songwriter album than a hip-hop joint – a tendency most likely amplified by Brion’s treatments.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jan 17, 2020
    80
    Circles showed his music was reaching new heights. [Mar 2020, p.116]
  7. Jan 17, 2020
    70
    The album doesn’t possess the piercing introspection, precision or revelatory quality of Swimming, but of course, Miller wasn’t there to see it across the finish line. It serves as a fitting coda to his career.

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  1. Negative: 11 out of 134
  1. Jan 18, 2020
    10
    Circles is the most beautiful album by Mac Miller. It's a piece of art. The production is so beautiful and mac should be proud in the heaven.
  2. Jan 31, 2020
    10
    What a great way to say goodbye to this phenomenal artist. Couldn't ask for better
  3. Aug 28, 2020
    10
    Ja perdi as contas de quantas vezes corri para esse álbum. Mac era um artista incrível e faz muita falta.
  4. Jan 17, 2020
    9
    this album is a fantastic combination of lyrical content and sweet beats, a final goodbye from mac miller to the world.
  5. Jan 18, 2020
    9
    A beautiful album. It is very emotional considering Mac's life and head space at the time of recording, but doesn't need to rely on it. It'sA beautiful album. It is very emotional considering Mac's life and head space at the time of recording, but doesn't need to rely on it. It's just really damn good. There isn't a single track on it I don't like, and although it continues the departure from Mac's earlier work, it is a very fitting progression. Beautiful. Expand
  6. Feb 21, 2020
    9
    Though I'm not a fan of the post-mortem releases, this is a true piece of art. It seems that whoever have been responsible for finishing theThough I'm not a fan of the post-mortem releases, this is a true piece of art. It seems that whoever have been responsible for finishing the songs for the album have done an impeccable job. Beautiful, touching, catchy. Expand
  7. Jan 22, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. My review doesn't have any spoilers. But the album is straight wack. "Music to be murdered by" is a gem Expand

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