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Mac DeMarco’s album “This Old Dog” has new tricks

Johnny Castorena, Reporter

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On May 5th singer/songwriter, Mac DeMarco released his third full album, “This Old Dog.” He recorded the album in New York and in Los Angeles in 2016. The album was initially recorded in New York but after a move to Los Angeles Mac decided to work on the album a little more. The record was released via Captured Tracks.

“This Old Dog” may not have Mac DeMarco’s twangy guitar sound, but it sure is a fun album to listen to. Mac decided to to take an acoustic approach to this album, but there is still some electric guitar on songs. Overall the album has an acoustic sound though. The first two singles for the album, are acoustic with keyboards and a drum machine, and they work great to get a feel about what the album will sound and feel like. The next two singles are heavy on keyboard/piano which also shows what the album will sound like. The album has 13 songs but given the four singles there are only 9 songs unheard until the album.

I think that this album is really good but I think that the the four singles really were some of the best songs on the album. The four singles are great and fun to listen to and I think that they are some of the Mac’s best songs. There are still songs I like on the album that also show off what Mac was going for and I think that he succeeds at it. I think the overall change and feel of the music is good and Mac makes it sound fresh and different from his older work.

Overall I like “This Old Dog,” and I think that Mac DeMarco went into this album wanting to do something different and I think he does it perfectly. But I do think that some of the songs on this album fall flat just because of the initial four singles are great and others don’t compare.

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Mac DeMarco’s album “This Old Dog” has new tricks