Mac Miller: “Good News”

Everyone is hoping that Mac Miller’s album Circles, out next week, is going to be different than the usual posthumous album fare. The earnest statement his estate delivered on Instagram is promising, as are the album’s tight tracklist and rumors that the project was nearly completed when Miller tragically passed away in 2018. “Good News,” the album’s first single, is spiritually in stride with Swimming, with a quiet optimism that pierces through the darkness. “Well it ain’t that bad, it could always be worse,” he sings, sounding like he has just enough energy to get the words out. Like much of Swimming, “Good News” evokes the sound of a live band at a beach resort: sleepy guitars, slow drums, and weary singing. Compared to the lo-fi raps and self-production on so much of his best music, it’s a little underwhelming. But Mac’s albums have always reflected his influences at a given time. Though it won’t be his best-remembered song, “Good News” serves as a glimpse into his interests near the end of his life.

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