MAC MILLER

Swim­ming (Warner Bros) HIP-HOP

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - & -

He has quite a pro­file in his na­tive US, but if the rap­per is known at all on this side of the pond it’s down to his re­la­tion­ship with Ari­ana Grande. He and the pop star re­cently split and the demise of the re­la­tion­ship fu­els the best songs on this fifth al­bum. There’s swag­ger here and there, but Miller’s songs con­nect when re­veal­ing his vul­ner­a­bil­ity. Marc Bolan did more than most to pop­u­larise glam rock and none more so than on this star­tling de­but — one of the most defin­ing re­leases of the 1970s. The mu­sic is dirty and ad­ven­tur­ous — much like the peo­ple who in­flu­enced Bolan and the fin­ger­prints of pro­ducer Tony Vis­conti are all over it. Its cock­sure at­ti­tude — and sound — would also colour another of the era’s great move­ments: punk.

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