Here Comes the Cowboy

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Here Comes the Cowboy
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
Recorded2018–2019
StudioLos Angeles, California
Length46:32
LabelMac's Record Label
ProducerMac DeMarco
Mac DeMarco chronology
This Old Dog
(2017)
Here Comes the Cowboy
(2019)
Singles from Here Comes the Cowboy
  1. "Nobody"
    Released: March 5, 2019
  2. "All of Our Yesterdays"
    Released: April 2, 2019
  3. "On the Square"
    Released: May 7, 2019

Here Comes the Cowboy is the fourth full-length album by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mac DeMarco, released on May 10, 2019, through Mac's Record Label.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic68/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Consequence of SoundB-[3]
The Guardian3/5 stars[4][5]
Highsnobiety2.5/5 stars[6]
The Independent2/5 stars[7]
The Irish Times2/5 stars[8]
NME4/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork6.7/10[10]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[11]
Spectrum Culture3.25/5[12]

Here Comes the Cowboy received polarizing reviews upon release from critics and fans. While some critics noted a musical maturity for DeMarco and the minimalist production, most critics were divided on the album's slower pace and lack of focus. Thomas Hobbs of NME said of the album, "'Here Comes the Cowboy'" suggests Mac DeMarco is ready to explore more mature themes and grow beyond the slacker image he has helped turn into a pop culture staple. This record's slower pace won't be for everybody, just as unassuming This Old Dog wasn't, but, should you let it, this record will transport you somewhere calm and reflective. At a time of great chaos, that sure sounds good to me."[9] Rolling Stone's Joe Levy called the songs "stark, meditative, lonely, and stubbornly isolated, like spending 45 minutes petting a cat. A static search for comfort."[11]

In a generally mixed review, Timothy Monger of AllMusic said of the album, "With its camera phone happy-face button cover and minimalist production, Here Comes the Cowboy is a mixed bag of a record beset by an overall aimlessness where some crafty low-key gems have to share the bus with a few inane clunkers that probably should have stayed in the vault." Rachel Aroesti of The Guardian noted that Here Comes the Cowboy may retain some of the disarming simplicity and emotional universality that has become DeMarco's trademark, but it is ultimately an album that fails to welcome the listener warmly into its world." Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop gave the album a similarly unfavorable review, citing the scantness and repetition as offering little of substance to the listener.

Commercial performance[edit]

Here Comes the Cowboy debuted at number 10 on the US Billboard 200 with 27,000 album-equivalent units, of which 20,000 were pure album sales. It is DeMarco's first US top 10 album.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mac DeMarco.

No.TitleLength
1."Here Comes the Cowboy"3:00
2."Nobody"3:32
3."Finally Alone"2:25
4."Little Dogs March"2:29
5."Preoccupied"4:00
6."Choo Choo"2:39
7."K"3:33
8."Heart to Heart"3:31
9."Hey Cowgirl"2:16
10."On the Square"3:29
11."All of Our Yesterdays"4:04
12."Skyless Moon"4:05
13."Baby Bye Bye"7:29
Total length:46:32

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the album liner notes.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 22
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 98
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 24
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[18] 42
French Albums (SNEP)[19] 129
Irish Albums (IRMA)[20] 37
Scottish Albums (OCC)[21] 15
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 58
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 23
US Billboard 200[13] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Here Comes The Cowboy by Mac DeMarco Reviews and Track". Metacritic. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  2. ^ Monger, Timothy. "Here Comes the Cowboy – Mac DeMarco". AllMusic. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Gravley, Garrett (8 May 2019). "Album Review: Mac DeMarco's Left Turns Mostly Pay Off on Here Comes the Cowboy". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  4. ^ Aroesti, Rachel (10 May 2019). "Mac DeMarco: Here Comes the Cowboy review – self-indulgent comedy indie". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  5. ^ Morris, Damien (12 May 2019). "Mac DeMarco: Here Comes the Cowboy review – old-hat indie rock". The Observer. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  6. ^ Gore, Sydney (10 May 2019). "Mac DeMarco - 'Here Comes the Cowboy' Review". Highsnobiety. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  7. ^ Monroe, Jazz (9 May 2019). "Mac DeMarco sounds like he can't be bothered on new album 'Here Comes the Cowboy'". The Independent. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  8. ^ Murphy, Lauren. "Mac DeMarco: Here Comes the Cowboy review – Humdrum hipsterisms". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  9. ^ a b Hobbs, Thomas (May 10, 2019). "Mac DeMarco – 'Here Comes The Cowboy' review". NME. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  10. ^ Hockley-Smith, Sam (May 10, 2019). "Mac DeMarco: Here Comes The Cowboy". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Levy, Joe (10 May 2019). "Mac DeMarco's 'Here Comes the Cowboy' is a Chill Search for Comfort". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  12. ^ Montanari, Dylan (10 May 2019). "Mac DeMarco: Here Comes the Cowboy". Spectrum Culture. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  13. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (May 19, 2019). "Logic Scores Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'". Billboard. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  14. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. May 20, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mac DeMarco – Here Comes the Cowboy" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mac DeMarco – Here Comes the Cowboy" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  17. ^ "Mac DeMarco Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Mac DeMarco – Here Comes the Cowboy" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  19. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 21, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  20. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 17 May 2019". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  21. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mac DeMarco – Here Comes the Cowboy". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  23. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 18, 2019.