For his debut solo album, Mac DeMarco slowed the tape down so that his voice became a loungey, sleazy baritone and this, mixed with his superb songwriting made for a stunning record which stands alone somewhat in his catalogue. It comes across as a kind of lo-fi take on the dingy Americana of the likes of Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen and Dwight Twilley. Later records were more breezy and conventional but this is one of his best.
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Firstly get the boy some make up lessons. What a state he's got himself in on the sleeve of his debut 12”. Titles like 'Rock and Roll Night Club' and 'Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans' suggest some kind of '70s denim nightmare but this is really good. He sounds like the re-incarnation of Dwight Twilley as produced by Ariel Pink.
He has the songwriting nous of the great '70s unheralded lo-fi rock innovators (Emitt Rhodes, Shoes,The dB's) but married with the production values of every bedroom troubadour from Toro Y Moi to King Krule creating something new and something very impressive indeed. It's reminding Mike of Kurt Vile. He sounds like Elvis (Presley) on 'One More Tear to Cry' and Springsteen on 'European Vegas' but has a way with a melancholic guitar, chord change and along with the eccentric bedroom clatter makes the whole thing enjoyable. This is what Girls should sound like but quite obviously don't. Take all rocks greats, mix them up in a ball spew em out and you get something like this. Excellent!
9/10 Marc Demacco 3rd April 2014
Recently picked this up alongside the newie, 'Salad Days'. Gotta say, whilst both are great I prefer this by some distance. There are a few irritating 'outro' type things that must've felt like a good idea at the time and betray Mac's somewhat annoying hipster-slacker-outsider-fratboy schtick ("brohemian" was a word I saw used to describe him recently), but when he does turn his attention to the music it's rarely less than brilliant. And, oh my God, the songwriting on display here. The lyrics can be absolutely mesmerising. "One More Tear To Cry" in particular manages to condense a lifetime's worth of love, hurt and despair into just two verses, delivered in a weird almost-baritone mumble and accompanied, for the most part, by no more than a handful of repeated guitar plucks. It's stripped down to almost nothing, and yet remains as grand and cinematic as you like. A real heartbreaker of a tune. That such a childish doofus (meant in a nice way) can produce stuff this enthralling and accomplished on such shitty instruments and with such a throwaway attitude...I dunno, I guess he's just got talent to burn.
8/10 Dolapo 15th January 2014
Mac DeMarco's 'Rock And Roll Night Club' gives me chills down my spine. The guitar sounds very dark and eerie it blends with Mac Demarco's soft but rough voice. A few tracks like 'Me and jon, hanging on' remind me of an early Lou Reed. In contrast, to his second album '2' this album is a bit more Lo-fi ish and dark. I will never get tired of listening to this album my favorite songs are 'Baby's wearing blue jeans,'Rock and Roll nightclub', 'Only you' and 'One more tear to cry' but, to be honest the whole album just fits greatly together and I adore every song. So have a listen some time
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