Mac Miller - Swimming
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2018 Ratings: #420 / 841
Year End Rank: #45
User Score
2018 Ratings: #108
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August 3, 2018 / Release Date
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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.

So tired of being so tired.

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Mac Miller was not one that would stray away from experiments. Long gone was his ... read more
I’m not particularly fond of this album but anyone actually giving this lower than a 50 is over exaggerating and a fantano dickrider.
UPDATE: RIP MAC MILLER. One of the greatest of his generation

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 production is heavenly and gorgeous. This is definitely one of Mac's best releases. Very few dull points in the tracklisting. This album is meant to be played from beginning to end to understand and I highly recommend to anyone who ... read more
This is the first time, an artist I actually grew up with passes away. I couldn't make it threw "Come Back to Earth" on friday without crying. I've been a Mac fan since I was 14. I remember dressing like him, even taking his pic to the barber shop to get the same cut. I grew up watching him evolve and planned to continue doing it for years to come. I was just banging this shit all month and this had to happen? This to me is Mac's best record and sadly his last, so it's quite obvious ... 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.
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Added on: July 13, 2018