Mac Miller’s life encompassed an incredible amount of highs and lows. For many, his music defines their generation. In his final album, “Swimming,” Miller addresses a multitude of issues in a tasteful way. With an ambiance of nostalgia and relaxation, he guides the listener through his experiences with addiction, relationships, and fame. He addresses addiction in “Come Back to Earth,” the first track on the album. He sings, “I was drowning, but now I’m swimming,” which provides a wave of optimism to kickstart the rest of the record.
The song, “Dunno,” is a personal favorite. Miller emphasizes the existence of vulnerability within his relationship with Ariana Grande, giving it a positive spin. While the track describes specific experiences that he and Grande shared, anyone who has had a strong love for someone else can relate to Miller’s lyrics.
What is most haunting about this album is the final track. “So It Goes” explores the notion of death compared against persistence. Miller has the world in the palm of his hands, but it provides him with more challenges than successes. Life is a circle, but Miller is “still standing” despite this.
Although many now remember Mac Miller by his struggle with addiction, we should remember him as one of the most soulful artists of this decade. “Swimming” is among the best albums of 2018. Looking for music that will induce chills, introspection, and serenity? This will do the trick.