Another One

Mac DeMarco - Another One
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Based on 285 ratings
2015 Ratings: #228
August 7, 2015 / Release Date
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Demarco may not be a constant innovator, but hardly anyone is, and his ability to repeat with originality is commendable.

Pretty Much Amazing

Admittedly, it’s a volatile cocktail. But here’s the rub: It works for him. It worked for him on 2, and it worked for him again on Salad Days. It should come as no surprise, then, that it works on Another One, maybe better than it’s ever worked before.


‘Another One’ neither sounds particularly different to his last album, 2014’s ‘Salad Days’, nor does it give much indication of where he’ll go next; rather it does for ‘Salad Days’ what ‘Salad Days’ did for his previous album, ‘2’ – offers added richness and refinement to his very songbook style of writing.

The Skinny

While – as with predecessor Salad Days – it can take time to delve beyond vocal affectations reminiscent of John Lennon on a fairground ride (or Julian Lennon, if you’re being cruel), once you do, this is a mini-album loaded with emotional integrity.


Musically, it's no great departure from the world he created on Salad Days, but there's a feeling of listening in on an artist who is just coming into the peak of his powers, and the creative spirit behind these subtly charming songs is immediately apparent.

Under The Radar

This slight deviation in sentiment for DeMarco is a noticeable and welcome one. It reinforces the fact that he isn't simply a joker, but a real creative talent with an undeniably infectious sense of humour. 


Repeated listening makes it hard not to see the album as some sort of quasi-confessional mini-masterpiece, and if not that, at least another example of his increasing strength as a songwriter.

The Guardian
This follow-up arrives quickly, and is small in its ambition, but still feels well-formed.
Alternative Press

Another One is an album of love songs. They aren’t all happy, but the record escapes the pigeonhole classification of “the breakup album.” 


The surface of Another One is pure pleasure; underneath, it’s not quite so easy.

Consequence of Sound

Another One is even more harrowing than Salad Days. The hazy production and wobbly guitar lines are still there, but DeMarco’s lyrics draw deeper into regret and how he could have done things better with his lover.

The Line of Best Fit

Ultimately, Another One doesn’t feel like a fully realised vision, but DeMarco clearly didn’t set out to produce a feature-length sequel to Salad Days. The man seems to possess a profound creative impulse, and it seems he’s keen to share the results with his fans.

A.V. Club
DeMarco’s latest is lean but expectedly leisurely, once again swimming calmly in the singer’s slanted but enchanting sea of lilting guitars and docile yacht-rock overtones.

It's like a novella, or a made-for-TV movie—something to chew on while we wait for the next major project.

Slant Magazine

Call it a low-stakes play, but Another One is a snapshot of an artist who's found his lane and continues to mine it for affecting, melodically spry material.


It’s more of his seemingly tossed-off guitar balladry, stretched-out and warbled like he recorded direct-to-rubber band instead of direct-to-tape, but this time there are fewer winks and stunts, just more of the DeMarco who wants to love you tender.


Another One is boldly vulnerable with little bitterness, an ultimate guide for how to incorporate dusting yourself off into your productivity instead of allowing it to derail you.

Drowned in Sound

What Another One does provide - in abundance - is proof that DeMarco has the songwriting chops to back up his reputation as one of indie rock’s last true characters.

Rolling Stone
At their best, these songs have a charm that's aching and amiable.

What it lacks in ambition, it more than makes up for in songwriting ... What it lacks by way of revelation, it more than makes up for in satisfaction.


DeMarco’s continual output is as exciting as it is impressive. These eight tracks were written in less than three weeks between shows on a recent tour, and the continuity of surfer twang and synthesiser melodies are indicative of this.

On the one hand, it’s a relief to find DeMarco peering out the other side of fame and settling into his sought-after skin. On the other, he’s not fully testing himself, simply because he deserves a break in some shape or form.
Time Out London

As great as these new songs are, they’re also incredibly repetitive: the same riff, the same mood, the same shimmery guitar and the same words.

Tiny Mix Tapes

The changes in sound are minor compared to the similarities in the songwriting; the guitar chords and melodies, the songs themselves feel reassembled from his own pre-existing (admittedly quite recognizable) repertoire of licks and runs.


Unfortunately for DeMarco, all the ‘watery’ guitar-work in the world doesn’t disguise that these are wisps of songs that wear thin with their slack tales of his romantic endeavours

Mac fans will not find too much new in terms of sound, but there is a lot of love on this album. There is a focused theme and is quite romantic. This is an extension of the ideas he began to develop on 2, it is not bad, but it starts to get predictable in a monotonous way. 'Another One' the song though is a standout.
It's more of the same from DeMarco, but it is still very solid. The songs on 'Another One' are pleasant all the way through, with the title track being one of my favorite from DeMarco.

Favorite Moments: Another One, A Heart Like Hers, Without Me.
The majority of the songs say the same thing, and the style has not developed any further, so Another One is a fitting title. More of the Same would've worked equally as well.
Today I might just review some Mac DeMarco projects. Another One is a small lil collection of tracks released in between Salad Days and This Old Dog. The songs are pleasant and enjoyable, like the small waves of water rippling onshore by the lake. There are songs about love and heartbreak, two very tired song concepts but also two song concepts that are always welcomed by listeners. These songs are not empty platitudes though but rather realistic and quite mature depictions of love and ... read more
A more centralized effort by Mac DeMarco. An album comprised of all things love, but of course, in his own quirky manner.

Essential Tracks - No Other Heart
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Track List

  1. The Way You'd Love Her
  2. Another One
  3. No Other Heart
  4. Just Put Me Down
  5. A Heart Like Hers
  6. I've Been Waiting For Her
  7. Without Me
  8. My House by the Water
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