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Weeeeell shit. I didn’t know it could be done, but Mac Miller just released an album to fuck up the love game. Did anyone else see this coming?
I paid ‘The Divine Feminine’ no mind when it was released a few weeks ago. It wasn’t until a friend recommended it that I gave it a listen, and holy shit, it’s incredible. It’s hard to describe, to the point where I want to use phrases like, “it’s complex in it’s simplicity.” But really, it’s beautiful and loving while it’s also overtly sexual and graphic. It’s melty and adorable and it’s assertive and humorous. It’s like he took all the nasty lines that you secretly like from party rap and put them into a jazzy, instrumental, sensual love song that’s 52 minutes long. And it works!
One thing that sticks out to me is how loyal Mac sounds. These songs could be written about 15 different girls, but it sounds like they’re all written about the same one, and it sounds like Mac absolutely adores her. You can read the gossip blogs and come to your own conclusions on that one, but whether or not it’s true, it makes for a really refreshing album. From start to finish, ‘The Divine Feminine’ feels like it was created with very pure intentions.
If you’re only going to listen to one song, check out ‘Cinderella’ with Ty Dolla $ign. …but then keep going and be impressed by Ariana Grande’s vocals on ‘My Favorite Part.’ Maybe see if the start of ‘Skin’ arouses any memories for you? You’ll probably want to hear Kendrick sing on ‘God is Fair, Sexy Nasty,’ too. And can you believe he starts ‘Soulmate’ with that slightly depressing speech from Goodwill Hunting, only to make the track so feel good? Then there’s the brass on ‘Stay’… Don’t even get me started on ‘Planet God Damn’ and ‘We,’ my personal faves.
Seriously, this is a very solid album that’s worth a listen. It’s a glorious devotion to womanly love. And I think we can all get behind that…