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This Old Dog

Mac DeMarco

This Old Dog

Third full-length self-produced album from the Canadian multi-instrumentalist and multi-media artist

ADM rating[?]

7.7

Label
Captured Tracks
UK Release date
05/05/2017
US Release date
05/05/2017
  1. 9.0 |   Clash

    Intimate and endearingly honest, ‘This Old Dog’ is Mac DeMarco’s most essential chapter of slacker gospel yet
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    As he reflects deeply and meaningfully on family, love, relationships, life and near-death throughout his songs, DeMarco shows us that he's a lot more complicated than he seems
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  3. 8.5 |   The 405

    Proof that DeMarco could really be more than just the signal bearer for a musical fad. He is one of the best we’ve got right now
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  4. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    Without the typically busy electric guitar runs, This Old Dog uncovers much more of DeMarco’s enlightening lyricism, laying bare his emotive underbelly with opuses drenched in California malaise and millennial indifference
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  5. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Being a goofball who writes goofball pop songs is one thing. Being a deep, multidimensional millennial songwriter who speaks fluent goofball is an entirely different thing. We need more of the second thing
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  6. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A selection of unhurried, sun-dappled songs
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  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Don’t let its modest exterior fool you: DeMarco’s latest has a rich emotional life that will reveal itself over time. This Old Dog indeed has some new tricks in it
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  8. 8.0 |   Q

    These are languidly addictive songs. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   DIY

    It sees our protagonist at his most mellow and introspective
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  10. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The sound of an artist on top of his game. An artist shedding every inch of wackiness from his bone and sounding all the better for it
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  11. 8.0 |   State

    He has admirably carved his own distinct sound and This Old Dog has shown him remain true to this, but branch out and grow as a musician nonetheless
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  12. 8.0 |   The Observer

    DeMarco has always worn his talent lightly, but finally he sounds focused
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  13. 8.0 |   music OMH

    With this record, DeMarco has successfully dislodged the drumstick to become a performer of genuine class
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  14. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    The popular slacker's made some changes with this new endeavour but it stands just as strong as his other acclaimed classics
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  15. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    “Dreams From Yesterday” proves this old dog is capable of learning new tricks. And This Old Dog proves he’s currently one of indie’s best songwriters
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  16. 8.0 |   NME

    ‘This Old Dog’ sees him conquering this more mature side, without even a shade of boring
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  17. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Serious themes, stoned demeanour
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  18. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    A great pop record that’s just a little sadder and world-wearier than what’s come before
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  19. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    On his third album, the antics of Mac DeMarco are muted in favor of his impeccable songwriting, which shines through more than ever with warmth and precision.
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  20. 7.9 |   Gig Soup

    You could give any musician in the world a few chords and get them to right a song, but it takes a genius to create a great one, and that’s the difference
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  21. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The Pepperoni Playboy shelves the antics this time out and instead turns inward
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  22. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Though laid back from the start, This Old Dog shows Mac DeMarco at his most personal
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  23. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    With This Old Dog, his distinctly DeMarco brand of baroque-infused folk is still built for the pauses in life but it feels a little steadier, and a little more self-aware
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  24. 7.0 |   The Music

    There are multiple lazy melodies and hooks to enjoy amid the meandering arrangements
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  25. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The relentless optimism of Salad Days has shifted, and what we have on This Old Dog is a more complex exploration of life, with all its vicissitudes and changes. We all grow up, even this optimistic oddball
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  26. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It feels a touch weary by the end, but the guy had to change, and now your mum’s going to like him too
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  27. 7.0 |   Crack

    As a songwriter, he’s ahead of many of his peers, and This Old Dog is his best record yet
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  28. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    He’s made a laid-back album that is probably best listening to lying down, halfway into a nap. But that doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
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  29. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    His past albums were sombre and introspective at times, but not in the lethargic way This Old Dog is
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  30. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Though it's encouraging to see DeMarco explore the darker side of life, This Old Dog feels thematically muddled
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  31. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Ranges from the cheese-synth balladry of "For the First Time" to bedroom-guitar poesy like the forlorn fragment "Sister"
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