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Here Comes the Cowboy

Mac DeMarco - Here Comes the Cowboy
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2019 Ratings: #553 / 588
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Based on 588 ratings
2019 Ratings: #929
May 10, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME

The slacker hero slows things down on his fourth full-length album, finding catharsis in gentle instrumentation and thoughtful lyrics.

80
No Ripcord

The end result is the kind of unique album that only results from someone who has spent a career staying true to themselves, playing every instrument, writing every song, adopting a singular fashion stance, and even opening their own record label. This album is a reflection of that growth.

80
Uncut

An album that’s braver, weirder and richer than most of his more sensible and brand-conscious peers could ever manage.

70
Slant Magazine

The album doesn’t represent a progression so much as a broadening of what DeMarco has already proven himself to be capable of as a songwriter.

70
Rolling Stone

These stark songs are meditative, lonely, and stubbornly isolated, like spending 45 minutes petting a cat. A static search for comfort.

70
Clash

On ‘Here Comes The Cowboy’, DeMarco rides the line between being stripped-back and being forgettable, but it’s impossible not to indulge yourself in every lyric and note he sings.

70
PopMatters

Here Comes the Cowboy is a thorny, frightening, often frustrating record about the passage of time.

67
Consequence of Sound

DeMarco truly shines whenever a wider array of instruments and styles are at his disposal. When all of that is out of the picture, however, it dampens Here Comes the Cowboy’s full potential.

67
Pitchfork

The latest from the indie rock rapscallion is an often pretty, occasionally frustrating record that was recorded quickly, but still sounds labored over.

65
Spectrum Culture

On his latest, Here Comes the Cowboy, he adopts enough of the conventions of a restrained genre (broadly speaking, folk/country) that any penchant he might have for the cheesy is mostly reined in.

60
The Skinny

Here Comes the Cowboy carefully encapsulates a liberating sense of past struggle with heartbreaking lyrics and vivacious instrumentation, and in true DeMarco form it yields lush basslines and tranquil vocal melodies accompanied with simple percussion.

60
Dork

This is a record that's 100% proof - true to itself and its creator at every step. In the most part, that's a positive thing. In others, it's a bitter sweet flaw.

60
AllMusic

Here Comes the Cowboy might have been trimmed down to a solid EP or mini-album, but as a whole it just doesn't live up to the standards DeMarco set on his first three albums.

60
The Guardian

Here Comes the Cowboy may retain some of the disarming simplicity and emotional universality that has become DeMarco’s trademark, but it is ultimately an album that fails to welcome the listener warmly into its world.

60
The Observer

It’s beautifully played and engineered, with DeMarco’s nimble vocals softly caressing your speakers from inside, but it cossets where it could challenge.

60
FLOOD Magazine

DeMarco’s album provides a suitably slow-tempoed, faintly depressive balm for anyone whose lot in life is seclusion.

60
NOW Magazine

The cult-songwriter-turned-indie-poster-boy has shown growth and experimentation from record to record, but this is his first that lacks any explicit evolution.

60
DIY

An album that’s pleasant but kind of passes you by, and for a singer that was always so charismatic, being just ordinary feels like a bit of a bummer.

60
Spill Magazine

Here Comes the Cowboy is not the Mac DeMarco that we fell in love with on 2 or Salad Days, but it’s clear that he wants to separate himself from his earlier sound. While Here Comes the Cowboy pulls it off it parts, it is far from his strongest effort.

50
Northern Transmissions

He does what makes him happy: writing music for himself. He doesn’t care what people think of his music anymore. He doesn’t even care if anyone listens to it, and on Here Comes the Cowboy, his indifference shows.

50
Loud and Quiet

Where a record like ‘Salad Days’ had majestically written melodies to fall back into, ‘Here Comes the Cowboy’ forgoes such structure, indulging in the lethargic haze to the point, frankly, of boredom.

50
Exclaim!

Here Comes the Cowboy is a disappointing turn from this perpetual overachiever.

50
The Line of Best Fit

Mac’s latest release is unremarkable in almost every way, it is powerfully inoffensive in its delivery, instrumentation and intent which makes it hard to engage with and harder still to enjoy.

50
Highsnobiety

Here Comes the Cowboy is an album packed with good intentions, but will likely bore you to sleep before you even come close to finishing it.

50
The 405

Here Comes The Cowboy is calming, yet boring: a pattern persistent in all 45 minutes of the album. Throughout the album it's easy to tell Mac DeMarco doesn't take himself seriously.

40
The Independent

Once the toast of slackers everywhere, DeMarco has never sounded more ambivalent, ready to close his eyes and slink back into obscurity.

40
Tiny Mix Tapes

Perhaps the cowboy persona conceals a deeper truth he hints at internally, but unfortunately we don’t find any such refinement on Here Comes the Cowboy. Mac DeMarco lives in his own world, and I don’t think we’re invited in.

30
The Needle Drop

Mac DeMarco pares his songwriting down to something more minimal on Here Comes the Cowboy, losing a lot of personality along the way.

Inglume
70
No matter how good or bad this Mac DeMarco album may be, at least he made a new studio album instead of just hanging around with Logic on Supermarket in 2019.

Review:
Not bad. I can definitely see why this may be off-putting for some people. I'm not the biggest fan of DeMarco's stripped back sound, but I think some critics and newcomers aren't giving this album a fair chance by dismissing it as "overrepetitive" or "lacking". Sure, it ain't the most ambitious, ... read more
dearsongs
75
I assumed this would be totally awful, with all the ‘pro’ critics dropping terrible reviews and what not. It’s not his best, and it may be his worst, but it’s way better than the scores indicate. I personally think the whole mitski thing has put a damper on the reception. Mac could have handled the ‘uproar’ differently, but after some context Mac coming up with this title isn’t out of the question

Perhaps the only thing worse than Mac being a total ... read more
WhatTheFunk
55
In the first notes of the fifth album of the slack-rocker Mac DeMarco, a question arises: would the singer-songwriter be taking us somewhere else? It will soon be down on earth, this introduction very Rocky Racoon was only illusion. From the second track, the single "Nobody", we find this good old Mac who scratches his strings detuned in jangle pop mode, who sings without too much hurry. We wait patiently for a few songs to find something new. The sixth track is called "Choo ... read more
TreyLikesBands
90
Amazing

I'm so in love with this record. I feel like this is his most stripped back and acoustic record he's made so far. I'm really digging the personal vignettes and crooning vocals. For me, the latter is the best part of this record. He's making what he wants to make, and not listening to what others think. That's a big trait in the enjoyment of this album. You have to understand that Mac is here to please himself, and if that means he's not pleasing anybody, so be it. Nonetheless, I ... read more
newslang
60
Boy howdy

Edit: Oh no choo choo
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Track List

  1. Here Comes the Cowboy
  2. Nobody
  3. Finally Alone
  4. Little Dogs March
  5. Preoccupied
  6. Choo Choo
  7. K
  8. Heart to Heart
  9. Hey Cowgirl
  10. On the Square
  11. All of Our Yesterdays
  12. Skyless Moon
  13. Baby Bye Bye
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