Hello! Since pickings run slim for albums I feel like talking about by Wednesdays and Thursdays, I’ve decided to devote those days each week to an album that came out earlier this year, and what better way to kick things off than with (so far) the biggest disappointment of the year!
For fans only.
Expectation: Mac Miller broke into the mainstream as a teenager on the forefront of the college rap craze in 2010. Initially written off by the hip hop community and panned by critics, Miller underwent a rapid musical progression, beginning with his Macadelic tape in 2012. Through a prolific work ethic and a network of both mainstream and underground collaborators, Easy Mac was able to transform his image and gain a general level of respect in hip hop circles. The Divine Feminine marks Mac Miller’s 4th official album, following 2015’s GO:OD AM, and was anticipated as yet another stylistic departure due to singles “Dang!” and “We”.
- Congratulations – There is no denying that this instrumental is gorgeous. Mac sings over a gentle piano riff and sounds pretty good. A good opener.
- Dang! – Basically just an Anderson Paak song. Mac flows well, but his lyrics leave something to be desired, as he continues to single-mindedly focus on descriptions of his new relationship.
- Stay – Mac makes an attempt at writing a Chance song; from the trumpet intro, to the tone of the synths, to slow, modulated drums, everything aspect of his inspiration is blatantly obvious. Also, we get more descriptions of how obsessed he is with his gal pal. Yaaayyy.
- Skin – Featuring the hands-down worst lyric on the album “All I do is make these fuckin’ songs / so finally I made a fuckin’ song”, which introduces the most unnecessarily graphic description of his sex life yet.
- Cinderella – This has absolutely no reason for being 8 minutes long. The hook alone is over a minute, and they do it three times. Mac spends the entire verse describing, big surprise, his sex life, BUT the second verse opens on a different note: Mac tells his partner “Take you by the hand / and bring you somewhere where the sand is” which is still pretty weak lyricism, but exciting since it means we’re finally going to hear about some aspect of his relationship besides- wait no, Mac immediately follows up with “Soon as we landed / we went straight into the room”, and delivers another entire verse about having sex. Great.
- We – Who on earth thought it was appropriate to put Cee Lo Green on a love song?
- My Favorite Part – THANK GOD that their duet was at least somewhat tasteful. I don’t know I could have taken it if the lyrics had been as graphic as the rest of the album.
- God Is Fair, Sexy Nasty – Kendrick Lamar sings the hook while Mac Miller discusses his sex life. Afterwards, we listen to an old woman tell the story of how she fell in love with her husband, delivering easily the most genuine depiction of love on the entire album.
Overall: One song at a time, this album is decent. Most of the instrumentals are good, several are even great. Somewhat surprisingly, Mac’s singing is consistently decent as well. Unfortunately, Mac’s lyrics are easily the worst he has produced since he was a teenager. His perception of love is completely centered on sex, a perfect depiction of adolescent infatuation. The album’s title, The Divine Feminine, clearly contains no respect for women themselves, but rather a blatant fixation on femininity as the object of his obsession. Rather than depicting women as gods, he describes them as idols, made for him to possess and worship for his own satisfaction. But the worst thing about the album is that it never lets up. From the first track to the last, Miller is singular in his subject matter, but rather than each song adding to the depth and nuances of his relationship (like for instance, I Love You, Honeybear), each track retraces the footsteps of the last, adding nothing and feeling entirely redundant.