Watching Movies with the Sound Off

Mac Miller - Watching Movies with the Sound Off
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Based on 13 reviews
2013 Ratings: #522 / 1057
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Based on 495 ratings
2013 Ratings: #144
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Miller doesn’t pander for a clear cut radio single, nor does he let the fear of Internet backlash obstruct his experimental approach. 


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. 


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


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.


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.

Consequence of Sound

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

I've been wanting to get into Mac Miller's music for quite a while now, as I liked his last album Swimming and hearing some of the stuff of this album beforehand, I was really intrigued to see where this would go with the more experimental sound.

And... it's REALLY great!

Mac's approach to more abstract and experimental production is great; the production on some of these tracks is just phenomenal. With production credits from people like Earl Sweatshirt, Mac himself and Flying Lotus, it ... read more
the concept of this record quite clearly has a bit to do with his drug use still and is somewhat similar to that of faces but this one a little more complex and imo well focused. even the title of the album has a deeper meaning that was well executed the way i interpret it “Watching movies with the sound off” refers to when high off acid/mushrooms/molly it is common to watch a movie but play music instead of the movie volume and your high mind connects the dots. Mac miller was a ... read more
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
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 layers and extreme detail in the ... read more
‘Watching Movies with the Sound Off’ sees Mac Miller graduate from his frat rap roots and move towards the synthy, R&B inspired hip-hop he’s known for today. While his quotable-heavy lyrics can be inconsistent in their quality, the general vibe of the production and his delivery is always great.

Atmospheric tracks such as “Someone Like You” and “Aquarium” have a lovable innocence to them, and capture the album’s identity more than the more ... read more
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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