Friday, January 31st, 2020

Mac Miller – Good News

Great score…


Nortey Dowuona: Thank you, Ms Meyers, for having such a beautiful son.

Kylo Nocom: It’s quite long. His singing is something I’d laugh at anywhere else. The mood is too chirpy. But I’ve had this on repeat, and really can’t knock any aspect of it. I can try to reassess Mac Miller’s legacy and post-passing reappraisal with consideration to how other late rappers have been treated, but I’m a bit too beaten down and I’m sure others will take care of that. I just wish he were here to release this himself and be happy.

Ian Mathers: Not really being familiar with Miller’s work before he died, and yeah, having read the lovely and enlightening Jon Brion piece about working with him on these songs, I was if anything bracing myself to avoid overcompensating when I first played “Good News”. But it’s such a low-key joy, almost casually Beatlesque and with a tremendously charming lead performance that as far as I can tell I’d be swept up by even if the artist was still here today. Of course, the most moving part of the video version is the end, with footage of Miller goofing/grooving in the studio to a kicky little piano part that’s probably in there somewhere. Even those of us who were unfamiliar can feel the loss.

Brad Shoup: Like his Arthur Lee cover from this same album, “Good News” has that gentle, sitting-room rock ‘n’ roll goofiness, like John Sebastian or Randy Newman. I kept waiting for a tuba. For someone who’s considering making the dread of death a full-time hobby, it’s excruciating to hear him genially putter around a house fire, shrugging over some exquisite pizzicato timbre. 

Alfred Soto: Folk-rap is the only descriptor to make sense of Jon Brion’s mild sonic enhancements and the late Mac Miller’s delivery — is he singing through a mouthful of Quaker Oats? And do folk and hip-hop tracks bop to a leisurely 5:42?

Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: A song made to be looped over and over — not because of its attention to detail, the flourishes that Jon Brion attaches fluidly, but because of something more elemental. It’s a capybara of a song, calming even when it’s not doing much. It’s lo-fi in a way that feels much less studied than the study mixes that have proliferated on campuses and bedrooms, a fuzz that emerges naturally rather than consciously. Miller’s at the center of it all, and he’s never sounded better — aware of his own loneliness but not really wallowing in it. It’s hard to write about “Good News” without thinking about death, but the song works more as a work of contemplation than memorialization. It is the sound of inward motion somehow emanating out, of swimming in circles and finally getting somewhere.

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One Response to “Mac Miller – Good News”

  1. “a capybara of a song, calming even when it’s not doing much” is just perfect