This Old Dog

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This Old Dog
This Old Dog Mac Demarco cover.jpg
Studio album by Mac DeMarco
Released May 5, 2017 (2017-05-05)
Recorded 2016
Studio Jizz Jazz Studios (Queens, New York and Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length 42:24
Label Captured Tracks, Royal Mountain Records
Producer Mac DeMarco
Mac DeMarco chronology
Another One
(2015)Another One2015
This Old Dog
(2017)
Singles from This Old Dog
  1. "This Old Dog"
    Released: January 31, 2017
  2. "My Old Man"
    Released: January 31, 2017
  3. "On the Level"
    Released: April 11, 2017
  4. "One More Love Song"
    Released: April 27, 2017

This Old Dog is the third full-length album by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mac DeMarco, released on May 5, 2017 through Captured Tracks.[4][5][6][7][8][9] Following the release of Another One, DeMarco moved from his isolated Queens home to a house in Los Angeles to create the album. The album spawned two singles in January, "My Old Man" and "This Old Dog", which are the two first tracks on the album. The singles "On The Level" and "One More Love Song" were released in April 2017. The album leaked on April 13, 2017.

Recording[edit]

DeMarco recorded This Old Dog while moving to Los Angeles. He describes the experiences and time it took to develop and make the album:

"I demoed a full album, and as I was moving to the West Coast I thought I'd get to finishing it quick. But then I realized that moving to a new city and starting a new life takes time. And it was weird, because usually I just write, record, and put it out; no problem. But this time, I wrote them and they sat. When that happens, you really get to know the songs. It was a different vibe."

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[11]
Clash Music9/10[12]
Consequence of SoundB[13]
Exclaim!9/10[14]
The Guardian4/5 stars[15]
Pitchfork7.9/10[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[16]
NME4/5 stars[17]
Drowned in Sound8/10[18]
PopMatters8/10[19]

This Old Dog garnered the Best New Track title from Pitchfork with writer Marc Hogan calling it a "shaggy ode to romantic constancy, come what may".[20]

In his review for the album, Mark Richardson of Pitchfork writes, "DeMarco seems to kick back and let everything fall into place, but his music demonstrates a relentless devotion to craft, with all the fundamentals intact."[21]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade= Rank Ref.
Exclaim Top 20 Pop & Rock Albums of 2017
12
Les Inrockuptibles Best Albums of 2017
7
Noisey The 100 Best Albums of 2017
100
Rough Trade Albums of the Year
30

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mac DeMarco.

This Old Dog[26]
No.TitleLength
1."My Old Man"3:41
2."This Old Dog"2:30
3."Baby You're Out"2:37
4."For the First Time"3:02
5."One Another"2:46
6."Still Beating"3:01
7."Sister"1:18
8."Dreams from Yesterday"3:27
9."A Wolf Who Wears Sheeps Clothes"2:49
10."One More Love Song"4:01
11."On the Level"3:47
12."Moonlight on the River"7:02
13."Watching Him Fade Away"2:23
Total length:42:24

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the album liner notes.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[28] 23
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[29] 72
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[30] 75
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[31] 27
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[32] 48
French Albums (SNEP)[33] 144
Irish Albums (IRMA)[34] 14
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[35] 1
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[36] 47
Scottish Albums (OCC)[37] 19
UK Albums (OCC)[38] 21
US Billboard 200[39] 29
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[40] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[41] 6

References[edit]

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