Mac DeMarco - Here Comes the Cowboy
Here Comes the Cowboy
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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
79
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
newslang
70
Boy howdy

Edit: Oh no choo choo
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
PipePanic
70
From this and Vampire Weekend coming out in the last two weeks, it's a grand time for quirky white collage students.

I've never really gone out of my way to listen to Mac DeMarcos music, which i've realized now is a slightly annoying last name to type out over and over again. It's not like h'es creating bad music or anything (My Kind of Women is such a banger) it's just not really the type of music I listen to all the time. So when this popped up as a new release, I didn't really notice at ... read more
thomasny18
75
Thank God there wasn't a Logic produced track here!
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
jordymusic
73
Pretty similar to This Old Dog in tone. I'm not into this as much. Just Mac being Mac here. Very chill and laid back though maybe too much so for me. Here Comes the Cowboy seems a personal endeavour for Mac, aiming to please nobody but him and his loyals. Maybe these critic reviews reflect that attitude. The core base will be pleased though I'm sure. I can understand the concerns over repetitiveness with songs such the title track and Choo Choo lacking variation and personality but those songs ... read more
usedtobe
77
“As the years blow by, baby, the more I come to know myself.”

Mac has proven yet again to have a strong knack for composing simple yet weighty songs imbued with ruminations of the desolate cowboy at the record's core, solitary and vulnerable. His indifference shows on his lyricism seeped in heartbreak and longing that never feels over-sentimental and intrusive. Some tracks comes off as one dimensional and incomplete, first coming off from the opener which is just him repeating the ... read more
rydenoir
80
Here Comes The Review.

Mac DeMarco does “blood on the tracks” Bob Dylan? Well, not exactly. See this to me is a far more stripped back, calming and overall soothing album, with the same kind of mood and occasional lyric that you’d imagine Bob Dylan to do. In fact this would be Mac DeMarco’s most introspective release which inspires far more solitude and relaxation than it does dancey, concert friendly “hits” he’s been doing so it was a risky album in ... read more
bajafrecuencia
50
In a vacuum, there are some really catchy and personal tunes in "Here Comes the Cowboy". But overall, the experience drags itself until you get sick of the dreamy guitar melodies.

Strong 5
ZoilPlaylist
60
listen to Mac Demarco don't be too serious. just relax and enjoy.
KengojiUltamYT
85
Guitar Playing Cigarette makes the best 70s Soft Rock album since the 70s

Best Tracks: Nobody,Finally Alone,Preoccupied,Choo Choo,K,On The Square,Skyless Moon
Worst Track: Here Comes the Cowboy
Doofy
NR
If Mac sat down and started playing songs off this album while you were chowing down on your all inclusive buffet in a 4 star hotel you'd declare him god of the expat Mediterranean circuit.

Without the cheap plonk or sunset, and in the cold harsh light of Spotify, this album lands somewhere around the 60% mark.

So NR this time Mac.
itsyahboinoah
56
yeah bruh nah
musicmagpie55
81
Cowboys are the hot topic in music right now. Throughout American history, they have embodied the masculine outlaw who is independent and only responsible for himself. I immediately have images of spaghetti westerns and Clint Eastwood pop into my head. The cowboys in these films are always white men that roam free in the American West. Artists like Mitski, Lil Nas X, and Orville Peck have played with the image of the cowboy to subvert American conceptions of race, gender, and sexuality ... read more
Toasterqueen12
39
This album sounds like it's trying to give me seasickness. Or like a ticking clock. Just a constant repeating noise that only makes you sick. I find nothing fun about this album.
zachthesnack
63
Mac DeMarcos much anticipated “Here Comes the Cowboy” offers relatively nothing new to the now revitalized Indie-Folk scene. Though far from terrible, the record just has a general blandness and lack of color to it that I dont find particularly admirable.
ryanreviews
50
zZz
MiaWatterson
65
Here Comes The Cowboy is nothing new to Mac Demarco's discography. It is not inovative. I like the songs but I get tired of them really fast since they sound just like his other stuff... Could have been much better!
MasterCrackfox
73
Aside from the blatant misfire of Choo Choo (one of the worst tracks of the year thus far, arguably) and the repetitive nature of the opening and closing tracks, this is the familiar breezy and stripped down sound that we've come to know and love from DeMarco. There are plenty of lush and soothing sounds to be had, with DeMarco keeping the tracks simple and conscious. I would have liked to hear a little more in terms of production, as his synth-laced tracks strung across his discography are ... read more
choice_kingdom
70
THE MIXING IS SO GOOD
ElectricMess
55
This was honestly such a disappointment. I have no problem with how stripped back, chill, or simple Here Comes the Cowboy is- that's why I like Mac's past work in the first place. No, what bothers me on this one is how oddly rigid a lot of it comes off as. That relaxed sound that has become DeMarco's signature sounds either manufactured or distorted to the point that it becomes almost tense. The lyricism kind of comes across as lazy, and not in an endearing slacker way. Now I wouldn't mind him ... read more
MinatoArisato
80
Here Comes The Cowboy is an album which seems to now be the dark horse of Mac's discography and I can sort of see why but this is an album I am more than pleased with. I think that there definitely is a lot of wasted potential in the title track and that Choo Choo is easily the worst Mac DeMarco song but this album does a lot to make up for that. This is arguably Mac's most intimate and emotional album, it's quite and simple which adds to the intimacy, Mac doesn't have many words on here but ... read more
KingKRoolisBack
65
While it isn’t bad, it is a tiny bit disappointing considering how much I’d liked the singles. I didn’t find this album as adventurous as his previous albums, the reason I loved Salad Days is that while it was simple, it had this wonderful, laidback world it, but you don’t really see that here. It tries to have a narrative, but it doesn’t really works here. I think this is just inoffensive and doesn’t really takes any risks, I would have loved to see ... read more
Plats
77
"Here Comes The Cowboy" is such a depressing album, right down to the maturity of Mac's lyrics and the dreaminess of the guitars. I don't think I've heard him so vulnerable before, which isn't a bad thing. The production is rock solid, going for a stripped-back approach to arrangements that compliments his feelings towards loss and public image. It's a little flawed though and it's probably his weakest record. There are a few tracks that don’t feel very fleshed-out. “Choo ... read more
OpiesFuneral
80
darn tootin
Kuru
84
I had written down a whole review, but I refreshed the page so I might’ve left some things out which I wanted to say.

I feel like this album isn’t for everybody, either it really bores you or you absolutely love it, like I do. The mixing on this album is absolutely incredible, I don’t like though how on the first track his voice is on the right side and completely inside my brain or something.

Vocally he doesn’t do anything crazy, but it sounds very pleasurable as he ... read more
thebibleparttwo
45
never listened to mac demarco before. but i listenes to this today in class and im not very impressed
VividAids
83
it seems that the "western" theme featuring cowboys and country is coming back into the mainstream of popularity i.e Mitski, Lil Nas, Mac DeMarco etc.

I'm here for it. As "campy" as this album is, it still charms me with its hilarity and childish-ness. "Baby Bye Bye," "Choo Cooo" and "Here Comes the Cowboy" are in a way novelty songs, featuring Mac's "YEEEEEE HAWWWWS!" cliche guitar riff's, and "CHOO CHOO's!" that ... read more
holsgr
55
☆☆½ ~ Relatively acceptable. I have some kind of ambivalence about the whole album concept and its sound.
jacksimpson741
40
mac's gotten progressively worse with every album
dovid_h
69
sex position/100
max2k
70
The king of bangers is back
WildChameleon
58
:( album

Cool and good mixing ... for one listening.
Repetitive, basic, one note, lazy songwriting, etc so many negative points could suit compare to the positive ones.
matscomh
80
My experience with it: i sat through it all and got a tiny bit bored, but enjoyed most of it.
It's been half an hour and i just loved it.
Don't let all the cowboy shenanigan fool you: it's intimate. It's soft-hitting. It's comfortable. It's creative. Sometimes Hypnotic, even. A little boring on Heart to Heart? Yes. But the atmosphere is undeniable.
Yeehaw!
chutbarn
70
Nowhere near as bad as critics are making out but definitely Mac's weakest release.
Sounds like cowboy themed DLC for This Old Dog.
thomasuic
70
This is the National minus the good instrumentals.

Mac DeMarco was super bored at home and probably listening to Mitski, he decided to record this album and had to give it a name similar to that of a mitski album, because who wants to make the effort to come up with an album name. You know just like when God was bored and decided to create the universe. The only difference is that the universe is a little bit more than just decent while this is decent. The living meme MDM used very single ... read more
gabbygee
70
dunno what yall bitchin bout, but this fits perfectly in Mac's timeline
createaccount
50
guys stop licking him ass
sumrapsungs
65
it's not bad but it's sound boring with good production
BM5X5
60
It was depressing to listen to and super repetitive
davecoop18
79
These scores are Mac's current fanbase in a nutshell. Go watch videos and interviews from Mac this year and you can tell the guy is worn out. This album is a good reflection of where his mind is at the moment, and just like his live shows no one seems to care..."this song is boring...when does he go crazy and stick his finger up his butt?" Unfortunately for Mac he's gained a huge following from his funny stage presence and upbeat attitude. He's kind of dug himself in a hole like the ... read more
brkn2biggrpcs
40
This album is never more exciting than silence. It is occasionally more irritating than silence though
CinnamonMix
60
As someone who has hopped on the Mac-train (Choo Choo) very late, this album is still a bit disappointing. I had my hopes high because I really enjoyed his last full length album and the single Nobody is easily one of my favorite singles from this year.

However the depth of the songwriting really isn't on the level of This Old Dog. As far as the instrumentation goes the album follows the minimalist and slow pace direction Mac has been taking on lately. Both the instrumentation and lyrics are ... read more
TheRootBoy
69
The knife's edge is dulling with Mac DeMarco and whereas This Old Dog captured a wholesome, aging charm to it, Here Comes the Cowboy does little to add to this. Not a whole lot is wrong with the album aside from is quite demeanor, but that there isn't much that gives it an shoulder above the rest of ever other work he's put out.
Z.Younk
63
IDK Why everyone is throwing Choo Choo under the bus, not a single song on here is any better. If Mac's albums are going to just be half-baked and thrown-together now, his output should at least be way higher, not one release every 2-3 years.
50
There is a time and place for this album (as well as an audience which I'm not really a part of) but to me this album is such a drag to get trough in my opinion. From the instrumentation to the lyrics and the overly-loud mixing of the vocals-- it just doesn't do anything for me. I don't really hate or even dislike anything on here, it's more of an overwhelming indifference.
distraughtonaut
55
its chill but sometimes its trying so hard to be chill that it ends up being obnoxious in its boring repetitiveness
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