Mac Miller - Circles
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #61 / 821
Year End Rank: #47
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2020 Ratings: #12
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent

Like its predecessor, ‘Swimming’, the album is drenched in languorous grooves and buzzy synths – only here, Miller sounds more at peace with himself.

90
Exclaim!

However difficult it might be to ingest his candour, there is also a maturity about Miller in which to take solace. There's a sense of growth and lessons learned.

90
Sputnikmusic

On Circles, Mac Miller found his heaven, and it looked a lot like everyday life with the simple things.

90
The Young Folks

Circles is an occasionally tragic but as a whole comforting farewell to one of the most unique artists in rap history.

80
The Guardian

Circles continues Miller’s searching musical journey, adding elements of soft rock, pop and more to emo-rap: the result is beguiling and natural.

80
NME
The late rapper, who died in 2018, is subject to a moving tribute that underlines the stunning progress he achieved in his short career.
80
Northern Transmissions

While the songs are among some of the best he has crafted, Circles fits in perfectly to Miller’s oeuvre and will possibly give some of his most ardent fans a chance to say goodbye.

80
HipHopDX

Circles may be a culmination of the sounds Miller had been working towards, but it’s also his most intimate and vulnerable project, filled with a collection of sounds that range from synth-heavy bedroom pop like the track “Woods” to the Plastic Ono Band-inspired “Everybody.”

80
The Needle Drop

Circles is the finest musical send-off any Mac Miller fan could have asked for.

80
The Observer

If Swimming felt contemplative, Circles feels even more like a singer-songwriter album than a hip-hop joint – a tendency most likely amplified by Brion’s treatments.

80
Albumism

The music on Circles is the sound of Miller plunging into change. Not quite a straightforward hip-hop record but not quite an R&B album, it is a mix of his own interests and what they could’ve morphed into.

80
Clash
Despite the sadness that clearly surrounds this project there is plenty of positivity: the production of the album is impeccable, and the overwhelming message that shines through is of hope for the future
80
Q Magazine

Circles showed his music was reaching new heights.

74
Pitchfork

The first posthumous album from Mac Miller plays like a companion piece to Swimming. It’s an optimistic epilogue to the life of an aspirational artist.

70
Rolling Stone

For Miller, Circles exists as a form of therapy; as he seeks to break out of old patterns of thinking, these steady reminders to embrace the present and let go of everything else to form a new pattern: a means of resilience, and maybe even a path to liberation.

70
AllMusic

If Miller hadn't passed, Circles would be an insightful, focused addition to his strong late-era catalog, shining a necessary light on emotional and mental health struggles and sobriety through his deeply reflective lyrics and the wonderfully enjoyable and warm production work by Brion. Instead, it's yet another reminder of lost potential and a life cut tragically short.

Inglume
NR

Encased in lush, warmingly touching instrumentation, exquisite charm and mellow introspection, Circles is everything a posthumous album should be: fulfilling an artist's intended vision and completing the important final touches to a closing chapter when they're spiritually not with us. With much delicate care, it is truly the appropriate finale of Mac Miller's career.

As an outsider who finds difficulty in truly investing myself in Mac's music, Circles serves as perhaps that rare moment of ... read more

WhatTheFunk
58

Perfect closure.

Over the last decade, posthumous releases have tended to be absolute disasters. In many cases, the labels have simply put together a bunch of unfinished songs, added a ratty production, released them to the public without much concern for artistic legacy and made a lot of money (eh, Cleo and Empire?). I'm honestly relieved that "Circles" doesn't belong in this category. Mac worked hard on this record until his death, and finally the task of completing its production ... read more

Rater
83

Admittedly, I had never been a huge fan of Mac Miller prior to his death, I always respected him more as an artist than I was expressly thrilled by his music. Ever since the dawn of his career he was known to be riding this wave of an unparalleled alliance of pop rap and cloud rap surroundings and, while he was always one to be easily distinguishable within his own lane, he was never someone who impressed me due to his lack of ambition. His relatively short-lived career took an intriguing turn ... read more

TrinacriaRating
78

📼 R&B #3
🎬 Mac Miller #1

🎶 Circles
🔈2020
🔈LP
🔈Neo-Soul, Alternative R&B, Pop Rap

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
Accuracy: 🔴🔴

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93

A beautiful farewell, and one of the most smoothing and sweet albums that I've ever heard

aryamaz
35

I've heard very little from Mac Miller before listening to this album, and I guess I'm just not a fan of his style. Circles certainly isn't bad, it's just too slow and laid back for my liking, kinda like Blonde).

Mac's voice is scratchy and soft which I think is nice, but his tone is just way too low for me to enjoy this any more than I did. The album felt like it was over two hours long to be completely honest, despite being less than one. It's filled with fairly optimistic tracks that ... read more

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Added on: January 8, 2020