Mac Miller - Swimming
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Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #340 / 717
Year End Rank: #45
User Score
Based on 365 ratings
2018 Ratings: #447
August 3, 2018 / Release Date
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Parlaphone / Label
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The 405

If he found his stride nearly three years ago with GO:OD AM, he’s now confidently in full control, guiding Swimming down a surprisingly restrained, subtle journey into a heart’s bleakest turmoil.


If Swimming is the masterstroke of an artist who left too soon, "2009" is its crown jewel, a song it's easy to believe ten years of music was leading up to.

With the jazzy tunes and the conscious rhyming going hand in hand, Mac Miller touches the mind and souls of his listeners.
The Independent
Miller has turned his anguish into one of the year’s most disarmingly pleasant records.
The Guardian

His fifth official album is an ambling 13-song journey towards self-acceptance, one that does not end in triumph. Instead, it embraces the possibility that he’ll never have it all figured out.


The rapper's brutally honest fifth album is a stellar – if somewhat overlong – artistic statement.

Northern Transmissions
While it’s not changing the game, Miller’s newest record brings forth powerful stories and production that always feels right for lyrics.

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.


Like an actual wave, Swimming’s moods crash and fall, then rise again, all while we frantically hold on to prevent being cast out to sea. Amid the maelstrom, Mac acts as the voice of the seas, somberly spewing line after line of pleas and resolutions to against solemn, jazzy funk.


Though the subject matter is enticing, Swimming does occasionally tread boring lulls. At its best, however, Miller’s latest project succeeds at being cathartic and is more lyrically mature than his previous work.


On his wounded fifth album, Mac Miller sings deftly about heartbreak and his mental state, capturing his resignation without turning sadness into a performative spectacle.

A.V. Club

He’s been a fratty master of ceremonies, a depressive Serious Artist, a half-convincing loverman. Swimming features the full suite of personas coagulated into a single voice.


Swimming is ample evidence that Miller can pick up the pieces and continue evolving, his grasp on thoughtful, introspective hip-hop getting stronger by the album.

Rolling Stone

If Swimming doesn’t quite achieve greatness, it connects. You can hear his pain and perseverance, even if he struggles to put it into words.

Slant Magazine

Swimming captures Miller at a creative apex where he's acutely aware of where he's been and where he can go.

FLOOD Magazine

The road to recovery is an arduous one, and Swimming is instilled with the hope that one day each of us—Miller included—can find peace of mind.


Forget any talk about the long-buzzed Mac Miller finally arriving as a fully formed MC on his latest album, Swimming.

The Observer
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.
The Needle Drop

On Swimming, Mac Miller continues to work outside of his strengths without improving at all upon the obvious weaknesses of his previous album.

UPDATE: RIP MAC MILLER. One of the greatest of his generation

The Preamble:
I'm very excited for this project, all of the singles have been great and very wholesome. I'm expecting introspection on the level of Faces. I'm expecting great jazzy/soulful production. Let jump into it.

The Review:
Mac has combined The Divine Feminine which was his last project with the somber tone of Kanye's 808's and made a soulfully laced album. And it's good. Very good. Mac Miller's most passionate release. The ... read more
This album just does what travis scott's Astroworld didn't do for me. It takes modern psychedelia, and mixes various other genres with it to create a cohesive and fun listen. Backed that with mac's personal lyrics and amateurish but enchanting vocal delivery, and you got yourself a great album right here.
RIP to a man who genuinely changed my life.

Idc if you don't believe me, but before he died, I deleted all my ratings for Mac with plans to relisten to his discog in full over my weekend. I'm still gonna be listening to him only now it’s gonna be consistently over the next few months.

Mac was one of the people who really meant a lot to me, but I don't wanna say too much shit on what's meant to be a review site.

My ratings were already really high for Mac before I deleted them, so ... read more
Mac's most compelling and transparent writing yet, a really brittle and vulnerable album that sees Mac reflect on fame, himself and the people around him in ways he never has before, whilst I appreciated and enjoyed the introspection/content of this album for the most part, unfortunately Mac has never sounded more unenthused & uninspired before in his whole career. Instrumentally this album is incredibly inoffensive and flaccid making this whole thing feel like a never ending slog, on top ... read more
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Track List

  1. Come Back to Earth
  2. Hurt Feelings
  3. What's the Use?
  4. Perfecto
  5. Self Care
  6. Wings
  7. Ladders
  8. Small Worlds
  9. Conversation Pt. 1
  10. Dunno
  11. Jet Fuel
  12. 2009
  13. So It Goes
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Added on: July 13, 2018