- MCIII

Mikal Cronin - MCIII
CRITIC SCORE
73
Based on 19 reviews
2015 Rank: #330 / 740
USER SCORE
72
Based on
70 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME

Cronin’s knack for languid songwriting is enhanced by adding more opulence

80
The 405

MCIII is a great record because it gives us a scattered, messy, but uncompromisingly honest portrait of Cronin himself.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Sonically, III is a logical step forward from II built on softer edges and more complex arrangements.

80
AllMusic

Cronin could have just kept cranking out the same album over and over; that he chose to take a risk and go big showed some real guts.

80
Exclaim!

It's a feat of musical arrangement and of lyricism, sure, but in essence, it's the songwriting on MCIII that really makes it such an achievement. 

80
Paste

It’s not a few hits padded out with rote genre exercises—it’s thematically consistent and maintains a high level of craftsmanship throughout. Dads and grads can both dig it.

80
PopMatters

As roaring guitar effects find themselves along side tender string parts, and garage signifiers bump up against orchestral-pop excursions, the second section of MCIII is a microcosm of who Cronin is as an artist. 

75
Consequence of Sound

Even if MCIII falls shy of its lofty predecessor, this record marks his most ambitious outing to date and makes it impossible not to already start anticipating MCIV.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

MCIII is his grandest and warmest record yet.

75
A.V. Club

The album’s all-in vibe and ambitious load of instrumentation ... actually makes MCIII feel less gratifying than its more candid, and thus tangible, predecessor. 

70
musicOMH

MCIII might fail to live up to its billing as concept album, but it absolutely doesn’t fail to provide a steady stream of big-hearted guitar-pop songs.

70
Under The Radar

No matter how ornate Cronin gets in his arrangements, it's his simple faculty with melody and pop structure that keeps him winning.

61
Pitchfork

MCIII’s press emphasizes that it’s a bigger record, stuffed with strings and horns and whatever else, but it's a red herring, a pretty transparent attempt to distract from the record’s fundamental shortcomings.

60
Spin

Though it manages to be both lovely and adventurous, too often MCIII sounds like Cronin falls back on the string beds instead of utilizing them with the same fervor he used to reserve for crunchy, just-this-side-of-DGAF riffs.

60
The Guardian

Cronin’s previous album was something of a messy listen, and MCIII doesn’t offer the solution. But behind the debris, there are glimmers of shimmering greatness.

50
Loud and Quiet

There’s a strong case here for suggesting that Cronin might have benefited from an extended break before jumping straight back into the saddle with a third album.

Dec 27, 2015
SiberianBreaks
62
On his third studio effort, Mikal Cronin decides to add way less punk energy this time around and adds more cheese to his sound with hallmark-commercial, string arrangements and your everyday, high schooler lyrics. I still really dig the feel-good, summer vibe to this.

Favourite tracks: Say, Feel Like, iv) Ready
Nov 28, 2015
45
Emo rehashed again and again
Jul 21, 2015
Caffro
84
Mikal Cronin delivers another solid rock/pop album following in the same lines as MCII. Been spinning this album a lot lately, loving Cronin's lyrics and delivery. While not as strong as his previous release, there's still so much to love on this album.

Favourite tracks: Made my Mind Up, Turn Around, Circle, Control.
Jun 28, 2015
PSHANDY
83
涙腺直撃のメロディラインとストリングスを導入したエレガントなガレージ・サウンドはここでも健在。メディアの評価は総じて低いが、そんなのは気にしたら負け。ファンなら間違いなく買い。
Jun 10, 2015
lerkenfeldt
81
After the success of 'MCll' Cronin is back, and this times, he goes all in. With the help from string sections, and more powerful sound overall, 'MClll' is Cronin's most grand album to date. But in spite of the bigger sound and more complex arrangements, the album never feels self indulgent or forced, Cronin has a knack for making power-pop melodies, and as long as he has that, he can get away with pretty much anything.

Favorite moments: Turn Around, Say, I've Been Loved, ii)Gold.
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Track List
  1. Turn Around
  2. Made My Mind Up
  3. Say
  4. Feel Like
  5. I've Been Loved
  6. i) Alone
  7. ii) Gold
  8. iii) Control
  9. iv) Ready
  10. v) Different
  11. vi) Circle


Added on: January 26, 2015