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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Pittsburgh rapper features guest appearances from Dām-Funk, Dicaprio, Dev Hynes, Snoop Dogg, Syd, and Thundercat.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Aug 3, 2018
    90
    Whatever headspace produced Swimming, it captures this perfectly.
  2. Aug 3, 2018
    86
    It’s in Miller’s melodious baritone, stark mantra flow that Swimming is most effective--a simple, stately, poetic autobiography.
  3. Aug 9, 2018
    80
    Swimming merges enlightening, candid rhymes over funky beats, providing a transparent look at how Mac Miller hit a personal rock bottom and his vigorous climb to save himself.
  4. Aug 3, 2018
    75
    Swimming is less virtuosic than those artists’ [Chance the Rapper, Anderson.Paak and Frank Ocean] recent works, but no less heartfelt, and the album’s wistful soul and warm funk fits Miller like his oldest, coziest hoodie.
  5. Aug 3, 2018
    75
    Miller sounds great when he’s whining, croaking, stretching syllables like warm mozzarella. Swimming’s spare, dreamy production allows him to do a lot of that.
  6. Aug 9, 2018
    70
    Whether Miller is singing on those funk-inflected highlights, or rapping on them with a flow that's airtight to their irresistible rhythms, he sounds like a would-be chart-topper, not to mention one of the most versatile and accomplished hip-hop artists working today. He also clearly has pop chops to rival those of his former flame.
  7. 60
    Most tracks float by in a pleasant if unremarkable funk-lite haze, but there’s an overall sense of Miller being older, wiser and more at peace than before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Aug 4, 2018
    10
    Mac has come so far since Blue Side Park, the album that nearly destroyed his career.
    This album is the perfect combination of everything he
    Mac has come so far since Blue Side Park, the album that nearly destroyed his career.
    This album is the perfect combination of everything he learned from GOOD A:M and Divine Feminine.
    And a result of everything he's been through.
    Beautiful album near perfect 9/10 imo
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  2. Aug 12, 2018
    10
    this is by far his best album. every song up here is good. stand out tracks include self care 2009 conversation pt 1 hurt feelings and jetthis is by far his best album. every song up here is good. stand out tracks include self care 2009 conversation pt 1 hurt feelings and jet fuel. really good album best i heard all year. nice to put out 13 songs and none are bad Expand
  3. Aug 6, 2018
    10
    As an avid Mac Miller fan, I am happy to say this is the best work of his career. His skills are sharper than ever on Swimming. From start toAs an avid Mac Miller fan, I am happy to say this is the best work of his career. His skills are sharper than ever on Swimming. From start to finish Mac delivers. His voice, lyricism, and beats come together for a great album. Expand
  4. Aug 7, 2018
    9
    Mac Miller delivers a much more focused effort than usual. There is a good sense of progression from song to song. He plays with elements fromMac Miller delivers a much more focused effort than usual. There is a good sense of progression from song to song. He plays with elements from previous projects but each song sounds fresh and unique. While he was once known for having some cheesy lyrics, he has developed his talents in this department considerably. Drugs don't dominate the conversation as they have in the past (not that they aren't mentioned), there are moments of honesty and self-reflection. I do think 2009 should have been the last track, it felt like such a good bookend to the album. Expand
  5. Aug 4, 2018
    9
    It's funky, it's laidback, it's groovy, it's introspective. The production is immaculate.
    The beats feel so cohesive and yet they still feel
    It's funky, it's laidback, it's groovy, it's introspective. The production is immaculate.
    The beats feel so cohesive and yet they still feel like their own songs. Mac comes through with some great songs, pretty decent singing and the rapping we've come to expect.
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  6. Aug 12, 2018
    5
    Mac Miller shows ambition in Swimming, with good jazzy beats that i really didn't see coming. He fits in the beat selection with a great flow,Mac Miller shows ambition in Swimming, with good jazzy beats that i really didn't see coming. He fits in the beat selection with a great flow, and good personal lyrics. My issue is, from the song "Small Worlds" onwards, there's a complete switch in mood. While in the first half of the album, the beats are really funky and fun to listen to, with Mac really making his flow fun, but from Small Worlds, the production slows down, emphasizing Mac's really moody and "lazy" voice.

    Favorite Songs: Hurt Feelings, What's the Use?, Self Care, Ladders
    Least Favorite Songs: Small Worlds, Conversation Pt. 1, Dunno, 2009
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  7. Aug 11, 2018
    0
    This album is absolute GARBAGE. i have no idea how could anyone listen to this ear torture device, his music and his rap sounds atrocious.

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