Watching Movies with the Sound Off

Mac Miller - Watching Movies with the Sound Off
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2013 Ratings: #465 / 956
User Score
Based on 225 ratings
2013 Ratings: #194
June 18, 2013 / Release Date
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Rostrum Records / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
HipHopDX

Miller doesn’t pander for a clear cut radio single, nor does he let the fear of Internet backlash obstruct his experimental approach. 

70
AllMusic

Without the hooks or the lofty lyrics, the album seems made exclusively for Miller's fans or those who right-click indie rap mixtape links on the daily. 

70
NME

Now in possession of a clearer sense of his own identity, the stoned haze of cloud-rap engulfs Miller’s rhymes as he undercuts the fug with animated lyrics and a keen sense of humour

70
Pitchfork

Watching Movies with the Sound Off is a quantum leap in artistry, but it’s not without faults; the album’s about three songs too long, and a couple of the tracks in the back end just plain run together.

70
PopMatters

Miller remains the one part of the equation that’s a bit of a hard sell, even as he releases what is clearly one of independent hip-hop’s most inspired, balanced albums through the first half of 2013.

70
Consequence of Sound

Watching Movies is Miller’s most enduring, and endearing, project yet. 

MinatoArisato
70
Definitely a step up. This album has a definite sense of growth and improvement from Miller along with some superb production.

Best Track: S.D.S
Worst Track: Youforia
PreeMo
69
I wanted to rate this higher, but I really can't...

The production is dope af, especially on the first half...but Mac just doesn't make things interesting...the beats carry him too much for the most part...

It might get 15 bonus points if I'm high tho...
Brendo
70
As seemingly the case with much of Mac's discography, about half of this is good, the other half isn't.
AZIZ
84
I really didn't see this coming at all. At that time in Miller's career people thought he was on his way out the game. When this dropped it was one of the biggest turnarounds of a rappers career. People started taking Mac seriously after this record. I really liked the direction he's gone in. Since I really love abstract hip hop and wonky music I immediately fell in love with this project. Mac's producing skills went up 10 notches from his previous records, the lawyers and extreme detail in the ... read more
BuffaloStaple
60
Whilst there are a few awesome moments here and there, mostly due to great production, overall I can't say I was impressed with this album, Mac just isn't that compelling of an emcee at the end of the day, and I think that's what kills most of his projects for me. But again, I got a small handful of cool tracks from this, so i'm not too mad.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#12/Complex
#27/Clash

Track List

  1. The Star Room
  2. Avian
  3. I'm Not Real (featuring Earl Sweatshirt)
  4. S.D.S.
  5. Bird Call
  6. Matches (featuring Ab-Soul) 
  7. I Am Who Am (Killin’ Time) (featuring Niki Randa) 
  8. Objects in the Mirror
  9. Red Dot Music (featuring Action Bronson) 
  10. Gees (featuring Schoolboy Q) 
  11. Watching Movies
  12. Suplexes Inside of Complexes and Duplexes (featuring Jay Electronica) 
  13. Remember
  14. Someone Like You
  15. Aquarium
  16. Youforia
  17. Goosebumpz
  18. O.K. (featuring Tyler, The Creator)
  19. Claymation (featuring Vinny Radio)
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Added on: June 1, 2013