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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Pittsburgh rapper features guest appearances from Dām-Funk, Dicaprio, Dev Hynes, Snoop Dogg, Syd, and Thundercat.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Aug 3, 2018
    90
    Whatever headspace produced Swimming, it captures this perfectly.
  2. Aug 3, 2018
    86
    It’s in Miller’s melodious baritone, stark mantra flow that Swimming is most effective--a simple, stately, poetic autobiography.
  3. Aug 9, 2018
    80
    Swimming merges enlightening, candid rhymes over funky beats, providing a transparent look at how Mac Miller hit a personal rock bottom and his vigorous climb to save himself.
  4. Aug 3, 2018
    75
    Swimming is less virtuosic than those artists’ [Chance the Rapper, Anderson.Paak and Frank Ocean] recent works, but no less heartfelt, and the album’s wistful soul and warm funk fits Miller like his oldest, coziest hoodie.
  5. Aug 3, 2018
    75
    Miller sounds great when he’s whining, croaking, stretching syllables like warm mozzarella. Swimming’s spare, dreamy production allows him to do a lot of that.
  6. Aug 9, 2018
    70
    Whether Miller is singing on those funk-inflected highlights, or rapping on them with a flow that's airtight to their irresistible rhythms, he sounds like a would-be chart-topper, not to mention one of the most versatile and accomplished hip-hop artists working today. He also clearly has pop chops to rival those of his former flame.
  7. 60
    Most tracks float by in a pleasant if unremarkable funk-lite haze, but there’s an overall sense of Miller being older, wiser and more at peace than before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Aug 4, 2018
    10
    Mac has come so far since Blue Side Park, the album that nearly destroyed his career.
    This album is the perfect combination of everything he
    Mac has come so far since Blue Side Park, the album that nearly destroyed his career.
    This album is the perfect combination of everything he learned from GOOD A:M and Divine Feminine.
    And a result of everything he's been through.
    Beautiful album near perfect 9/10 imo
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  2. Dec 10, 2020
    10
    a completely new sound of him, he showcases his depression trough the album in an immaculate way
  3. Jan 21, 2019
    10
    I never liked Mac's earlier projects. I find it sad that pain brings out the best in artists but this album is beautiful. His death did notI never liked Mac's earlier projects. I find it sad that pain brings out the best in artists but this album is beautiful. His death did not have a factor in me enjoying this. It is simply amazing Expand
  4. Aug 27, 2018
    10
    Just back to earth nd self care makes this album a 10/10 for me. It was my first mac miller album and i really enjoyed it.
  5. Jan 13, 2020
    9
    Underrated. The critics did not give this album enough credit for what it accomplished. THIS is mac miller. This is artistry. It is soUnderrated. The critics did not give this album enough credit for what it accomplished. THIS is mac miller. This is artistry. It is so uniquely mac that nobody else could accomplish something like this. A great listen, and an easy 9 for me. Expand
  6. Jan 16, 2020
    8
    A great piece of art from a truly iconic artist. Listening to the album again after his death, one really sees where he was as a person. SomeA great piece of art from a truly iconic artist. Listening to the album again after his death, one really sees where he was as a person. Some eye-opening lyrics on songs such as 2009 and hurt feelings show how much raw emotion was put into this project. This album always brings a tear to my eye. I can't describe my excitement for Mac's posthumous album Circles. Expand
  7. Apr 27, 2020
    0
    His rapping is mediocre, his singing is awful as usual, the production is meh. There’s nothing here to redeem it besides emotional connection.

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