Circles Image
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 344 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: The sixth and final studio release for the rapper was completed with the help of Jon Brion.
Buy On

Top Track

Good News
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
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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.

See all 14 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 97
  2. Negative: 11 out of 97
  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 22, 2020
    10
    wonderful album, the choice of beats is fantastic, mac great as always

    a pure form of art
    rest in peace
  3. Jan 17, 2020
    10
    The album sounds good, so smooth, cool. He really did with this album, so good. The vocals and his voice... everything
  4. Feb 2, 2020
    10
    this album makes me cry and be a little sad, it is a great honor to have this work to remember Mac's life and be honored and recorded by allthis album makes me cry and be a little sad, it is a great honor to have this work to remember Mac's life and be honored and recorded by all generations. Expand
  5. Jan 22, 2020
    9
    Sad to see the late mac Miller lave this earth. This album was great and I’m glad it will be his last
  6. Jan 22, 2020
    8
    Its like if Mac was talking to us from heaven, good production and the emotion i this project is very deep.
  7. Jan 22, 2020
    0
    What a horrible situation for mac this is the worst album I've ever heard in my life

See all 97 User Reviews