Friday saw the release of the highly, highly-anticipated new album from Mac Miller, his fourth full-length titled The Divine Feminine. And with collaborations from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak and Ariana Grande, it has proven to be his most diverse effort yet.
The title hints at Miller's profound appreciation for the female sex (no doubt aided by his budding relationship with Grande), and the Pittsburgh rapper himself has said that he wants "people to love to this record and realize they can love to it."
Now that the reviews are in, we can all see just how much people truly loved this record. Below we've rounded up what the critics have to say about Miller's ode to fuzzy feelings:
Sheldon Pearce, Pitchfork
It’s easily his most intoxicating release yet, an odyssey of soulful compositions paring down his expansive and eclectic soundboard from the last few years into something distinctly cozy and pleasant.
Andy Kellman, All Music
An aspect that makes this the rapper’s most fulfilling album is that all the lines about being saved and in awe seem to be expressed with as much ease as the anatomical references, like they’re plain facts, not wrenching confessions.
Keith Harris, Rolling Stone
Miller’s grown-ass beats clash with his juvenile boasts (“I just eat pussy, other people need food”), so he often ends up sounding like a well-meaning kid who can’t stop putting his kicks up on the fancy furniture.
Narsimha Chintaluri, Hip Hop DX
For all its merits (and it does have plenty), The Divine Feminine fails to highlight any sort of maturity on Mac Miller’s behalf. He’s learned to better juggle his multiple roles as rapper/singer-cum-producer, but the moments that rely on his storytelling almost collapse under the inherent pressure.
The Not So Great
Kyle Eustice, Consequence of Sound
The album could offer some really tender moments, but because they’re buried under lyrics that talk about nothing but sex, they’re lost. Instead, The Divine Feminine leaves a sour taste behind and entirely misses an opportunity to truly honor the female gender.
Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian
Few lyrics are particularly arresting (on “My Favorite Part,” new girlfriend Ariana Grande is told that she doesn’t know how beautiful she is) and there’s some mid-album filler as Miller struggles to add hooks to cosmic G-funk.
All in all? A mixed bag, but it seems that everyone can agree that this is Miller's most concise, cohesive record to date.
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