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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 88
  2. Negative: 9 out of 88
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  1. Aug 18, 2018
    6
    Mac Miller certainly always tries to sound a little difference. Rather than using drums and synth he'll experiment with horns and other such instruments. While I like Mac Miller and the effort the album as a whole falls flat. It definitely works as a guy who is working through a breakup. But as an album all the songs blend together, similar style and tempo to the point where it blends.Mac Miller certainly always tries to sound a little difference. Rather than using drums and synth he'll experiment with horns and other such instruments. While I like Mac Miller and the effort the album as a whole falls flat. It definitely works as a guy who is working through a breakup. But as an album all the songs blend together, similar style and tempo to the point where it blends. There are good songs on the album as well such as What's the Use and Ladders but the entire album overall is kind of boring. I always want more from Mac Miller because I feel that he can do better. Expand
  2. Aug 12, 2018
    5
    Mac Miller shows ambition in Swimming, with good jazzy beats that i really didn't see coming. He fits in the beat selection with a great flow, and good personal lyrics. My issue is, from the song "Small Worlds" onwards, there's a complete switch in mood. While in the first half of the album, the beats are really funky and fun to listen to, with Mac really making his flow fun, but fromMac Miller shows ambition in Swimming, with good jazzy beats that i really didn't see coming. He fits in the beat selection with a great flow, and good personal lyrics. My issue is, from the song "Small Worlds" onwards, there's a complete switch in mood. While in the first half of the album, the beats are really funky and fun to listen to, with Mac really making his flow fun, but from Small Worlds, the production slows down, emphasizing Mac's really moody and "lazy" voice.

    Favorite Songs: Hurt Feelings, What's the Use?, Self Care, Ladders
    Least Favorite Songs: Small Worlds, Conversation Pt. 1, Dunno, 2009
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  3. Aug 10, 2018
    4
    I get what Mac Miller is trying to do with this album, but in the end it's pretty poorly executed. The beats are very bland and rarely lead anywhere, with the exception of a few tracks like Self Care or Ladders. Mac Miller's voice is very soothing but for 58 minutes? no, it gets pretty boring. Fav Tracks: Self Care, Ladders, Small Worlds.
  4. Dec 8, 2018
    6
    Mac Miller moves on passed his previous style of that frat boy rap that made him popular. He gets a little more introspective and provides more thoughtful lyrics than he has every provided. However, he croons far too much, and it sounds like terrible moaning, nails on a chalk board. His beats tend to be rather lame and his rapping ability is nothing to write home about. His improvement onMac Miller moves on passed his previous style of that frat boy rap that made him popular. He gets a little more introspective and provides more thoughtful lyrics than he has every provided. However, he croons far too much, and it sounds like terrible moaning, nails on a chalk board. His beats tend to be rather lame and his rapping ability is nothing to write home about. His improvement on lyrics keep this album being mediocre. Expand
  5. Sep 29, 2018
    6
    A solid album with unique music and a variety of different tracks. Exploring new forms of music worked, but the album lacked consistency and a purpose. Lyrically well written and structured, the album is solid, but lacked purpose.
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78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Aug 8, 2018
    70
    Swimming captures Miller at a creative apex where he's acutely aware of where he's been and where he can go.