Mac Demarco's first proper full-length, 2, is a concerted effort to produce a cohesive work that showcases Mac's natural ability as a songwriter, singer and producer. With a new arsenal of recording gear, the fidelity has substantially improved without compromising the immediacy and organic quality of his prior releases under any moniker. The results are immediately rewarding, from the warm "Cooking Up Something Good" to the heartfelt "My Kind of Woman."
It's obvious Mac is presenting himself musically in the most sincere way possible, no matter what happens in his wild videos or live shows. "Freaking out the Neighborhood," which is an apologetic ode to his loved ones about such public behavior, shows that Mac DeMarco is still with us, along for the ride, but getting everyone else in trouble. Even so, the maturation process of Mac DeMarco the recording artist is in full swing. He did, after all, write this at the age of 22.