2 (Mac DeMarco album)

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2
Picture of Mac DeMarco and his guitar.  He is smiling and wearing a baseball cap.
Studio album by Mac DeMarco
Released October 16, 2012
Recorded June 2012
Genre
Length 31:27
Label Captured Tracks
Mac DeMarco chronology
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2 is the debut full-length studio album by Canadian musician Mac DeMarco. It was recorded in June and released in October 2012 on the Captured Tracks label.

Background[edit]

DeMarco moved from Vancouver to Montreal in 2011. There, he recorded an EP under his own name, Rock and Roll Nightclub. Featuring slowed-down vocals and elements of glam rock, this recording garnered enough attention that his label, Captured Tracks, agreed to finance a full-length album.[1] DeMarco shifted his style from Rock and Roll Nightclub to 2, and his glam and crooning singing style were dropped for a more standard approach to guitar rock.[2] The album was composed and recorded in DeMarco's Montreal apartment, in the Mile End neighbourhood. DeMarco made the recording wearing only his "skivvies", or underwear.[3] In a June 2012 interview, DeMarco announced that about 75% of the album had been completed.[4]

Music[edit]

The album contains a single acoustic track, "Still Together", which features Demarco using falsetto singing in the chorus.[5] The opener, "Cooking Up Something Good", uses a song structure where a catchy verse transitions to a "blindsiding" darker chorus.[6] "Robson Girl" also juxtaposes a "sweet" verse with a guitar-shredding chorus.[7]

Lyrically, DeMarco covers growing up in suburbia, failed love, and family secrets, the last featuring heavily in "Cooking Up Something Good".[6] "Ode to Viceroy" is a tribute to the singer's favourite brand of cigarettes.[5] DeMarco is apologizing to his mother in "Freaking Out The Neighbourhood", and trying to convince a girl to leave town with him in "'The Stars Keep On Calling My Name".[7]

Artwork[edit]

In September 2014, DeMarco stated in a "What's in My Bag?" interview video at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, California that he had been inspired by the album art for Haruomi Hosono's Hosono House for the design of 2’s album cover.[8] In the same interview, DeMarco also points out his cover’s striking but coincidental similarity to Bruce Springsteen's The River.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[10]
Consequence of Sound[2] C+
The Guardian[11] 3/5 stars
NME[7] 8/10
Pitchfork Media[6] 8.2/10
Prefix[12] 6.5/10
Beats Per Minute[13] 85%
Line of Best Fit[14] 8/10
Time Out London[15] 4/5 stars
Earbuddy (8.3/10)[16]

The album was compared by several reviewers to Real Estate's 2011 release, Days.[2] NME called DeMarco a "skilled songwriter" and likened him to fictional character Ferris Bueller.[7] DeMarco's guitar work was praised by several reviewers.[5] The Guardian remarked that, although the initial tracks have promise, the album "never quite delivers" and criticised its "unvarying" tone.[11] Pitchfork Media gave an enthusiastic review, awarding the record its "Best New Music" designation. Reviewer Sam Hockley-Smith commented positively on DeMarco's songwriting and lyrical depth.[6] The website placed the album at 43rd on their "50 Best Albums of the Year" retrospective.[17]

The album was named a longlisted nominee for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize on June 13, 2013.[18]

The album was recognized as one of The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far, a list published by Pitchfork Media in August 2014.[19]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mac DeMarco.

No. Title Length
1. "Cooking Up Something Good" 2:41
2. "Dreamin'" 2:27
3. "Freaking Out the Neighborhood" 2:53
4. "Annie" 3:10
5. "Ode to Viceroy" 3:53
6. "Robson Girl" 2:56
7. "The Stars Keep On Calling My Name" 2:22
8. "My Kind of Woman" 3:10
9. "Boe Zaah" 1:41
10. "Sherrill" 2:29
11. "Still Together" 3:39
Total length: 31:27

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[20] 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Traynor, Cian. "Interview: Mac DeMarco". The Stool Pigeon. Archived from the original on 17 November 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Arroyo, Steven. "Album Review: Mac DeMarco – 2". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Leijon, Eric (December 12, 2012). "Mac DeMarco keeps his music clean and his apartment dirty". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Skinner, Tesse (June 11, 2012). "Mac DeMarco". Toro. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Whelan, Alex. "Mac DeMarco's new record shines with its Montreal roots". Arizona Daily Wildcat. University of Arizona. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d Hockley-Smith, Sam. "Mac DeMarco - 2". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d Pattison, Louis. "Mac Demarco - '2'". NME. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mac DeMarco - What's In My Bag?". YouTube. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Mac Demarco". Metacritic. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Thomas, Fred. "2 - Mac DeMarco". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-07-20. 
  11. ^ a b Hann, Michael (18 October 2012). "Mac DeMarco: 2 – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Levy, Art. "Album Review: Mac DeMarco "2"". Prefix. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Joyce, Colin. "Mac DeMarco 2". Beats Per Minute. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Wojtas, Michael. "Mac DeMarco – 2". Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  15. ^ Frankel, Eddy. "Mac DeMarco – '2' album review". TimeOut London. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  16. ^ Krenn, Nick (2012-10-17). "Mac DeMarco - 2 Review". Earbuddy. Archived from the original on 2013-07-12. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  17. ^ Snapes, Laura. "The Top 50 Albums of 2012". Staff Lists. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Polaris Music Prize Unveils 2013 Long List". Exclaim!, June 13, 2012.
  19. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far (2010-2014) - Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Mac DeMarco – Chart history" Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums for Mac DeMarco. Retrieved April 1, 2014.