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Here Comes The Cowboy

Mac DeMarco

Here Comes The Cowboy

The fourth full-length release for the Los Angeles-based Canadian multi-instrumentalist and multi-media artist

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  1. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Barely wastes a second of its sweet, tender and winningly off-piste, high-plains drift
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Continues to hit the sonic sweet spots. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    An album that's braver, weirder and richer than most of his more sensible and brand-conscious peers could ever manage. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Q

    A record to warm any heart. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   NME

    Mac's back, baby, Mac's back. The slacker hero slows things down on his fourth full-length album, finding catharsis in gentle instrumentation and thoughtful lyrics
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  6. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s an affecting album that demands to be listened to in full. And it seems fitting that it all comes to an end with DeMarco’s demented cackle
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  7. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    The kind of unique album that only results from someone who has spent a career staying true to themselves, playing every instrument, writing every song, adopting a singular fashion stance
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  8. 7.1 |   Earbuddy

    He’s just getting stuff off his chest and letting us ride along for the good and not so good
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  9. 7.0 |   Clash

    At first listen the slower pace may not appeal to everybody, and that’s fine, but at a time where everything seems so unsettled, it works great as a listenable stress ball
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  10. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The soft-rock savant’s latest drifts amiably through a hermetic couch-jockey haze
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  11. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Mac DeMarco's Here Comes the Cowboy's eerie calm reflects the domestic quietness every adolescent party animal fears
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  12. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    DeMarco has a knack for composing simple yet alluring melodies that feel weighty and timeless
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  13. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The mellow slacker continues to take creative risks that prove satisfying
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  14. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    The latest from the indie rock rapscallion is an often pretty, occasionally frustrating record that was recorded quickly, but still sounds labored over
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  15. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    DeMarco seems to be vying not only to be his generation’s Paul Simon, but also his generation’s Donald Fagen
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  16. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    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
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  17. 6.0 |   All Music

    Here Comes the Cowboy might have been trimmed down to a solid EP or mini-album, but as a whole it just doesn't live up to the standards DeMarco set on his first three albums
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  18. 6.0 |   The Music

    Effortlessly charming, yet terminally lethargic
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  19. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Encapsulates a liberating sense of past struggle with heartbreaking lyrics and vivacious instrumentation
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  20. 6.0 |   NOW

    The cult-songwriter-turned-indie-poster-boy has shown growth and experimentation from record to record, but this is his first that lacks any explicit evolution
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  21. 6.0 |   The Observer

    It’s beautifully played and engineered, with DeMarco’s nimble vocals softly caressing your speakers from inside, but it cossets where it could challenge
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  22. 5.0 |   The 405

    Here Comes The Cowboy is calming, yet boring: a pattern persistent in all 45 minutes of the album. Throughout the album it's easy to tell Mac DeMarco doesn't take himself seriously
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  23. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Devotees to the DeMarco catalogue may still find comfort in this over-simplification of his form, but at what stage does his ineffable stoner rock become nothing more than ignorable, repetitive muzak?
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  24. 5.0 |   Exclaim

    Highlights aside, Here Comes the Cowboy is a disappointing turn from this perpetual overachiever
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  25. 5.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Uniform drowsy pacing makes it difficult to get through the album at times. At worst, most of the songs are repetitive
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  26. 5.0 |   XS Noize

    With only a small handful of strong songs, ‘Here Comes the Cowboy’ is Mac DeMarco’s weakest album for a long time, so maybe the worries displayed in ‘Nobody’ are somewhat warranted
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  27. 5.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Prior to its release the musician stated that “I’m in a place right now where I just don’t care”, after listening to Here Comes The Cowboy, I can’t say that I do either
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  28. 4.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Perhaps the cowboy persona conceals a deeper truth he hints at internally, but unfortunately we don’t find any such refinement on Here Comes the Cowboy. Mac DeMarco lives in his own world, and I don’t think we’re invited in
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  29. 4.0 |   The Independent

    On his fifth and worst album, the musician is coasting on idle hooks and the cachet of his supposedly relatable character
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  30. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    Generally, it seems like much of DeMarco’s other material; nice to schmooze along to, but nothing to sink your teeth into. It seems that title may have a double meaning
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