By Patrick Glynn
Mac Miller – Faces
Released May 11, 2014
I reviewed Mac Miller’s new 24-track, hour-and-a-half long mixtape, Faces, for my school newspaper, The Alligator, and you can check out my brief thoughts here. Please read it before moving on! I’ll expand my review a little bit here, but you need to check my review in The Alligator to get my overall opinion. (More below.)
I think what I enjoyed about Miller’s Faces so much was its diversity. With features from Thundercat to Vince Staples to Earl Sweatshirt to Rick Ross to Mike Jones (Who? MIKE JONES), Miller crafted a wide range of sounds that allowed him and all his features to feel comfortable.
Within the first 30 second of the album, you could tell Faces wasn’t going to be like Miller’s past popular mixtapes, K.I.D.S., Best Day Ever and Macadelic, kicking off the project spitting “I should’ve died already” over a smooth jazz sample, something difficult to find earlier in Miller’s catalog. He goes on throughout the project talking about candidly about his addiction to cocaine, weed and alcohol along with suffering from depression, and through all of it, he finds it difficult to do something about it. In a life full of fame, money and fake friends, the drugs and alcohol help him get through it all. He’s taking the good with the bad, saying he “went from from weed and liquor to coke and lean,” but, “don’t I look handsome in these Polo jeans?” He’s taking the money and stardom, but that in return is only negatively affecting his addictions and depression.
As I mentioned in my review for The Alligator, you’re bound to find a “face” of Miller you will like on Faces. I don’t think I could sit down an listen to it from start to finish again, because there are a decent amount of throwaway tracks, and it stands at almost an hour-and-a-half long, but I’ll definitely keep songs like “Therapy,” “Angel Dust,” “New Faces,” “What Do You Do” and others in rotation.
Give it a chance one time through, and if you don’t come out liking all 24 songs, I wouldn’t be surprised — the sound and content are wide-ranging. But at this point in Miller’s career, he’s advancing to becoming a much more mature and respected artist, not just a rapper, and I’m happy he’s made this transition.
3 out of 5 stars
Head to oldjewish.com, make a sandwich and download Faces. Thanks for reading.