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Mac Miller Album Review: Watching Movies With The Sound Off

I am not a fan of Mac Miller even in the slightest. I was aware of him but I refused to listen to a song of his simply because I thought he was a terrible rapper.  However, my opinion of his has changed since listening to Watching Movies With The Sound Off, his second solo effort.  I have to say that while I was expecting something that was subpar and a waste of my time, I was surprised to say that I enjoyed the album.

I don’t know what Watching Movies With The Sound Off is supposed to mean but I don’t think it should matter.  Miller’s ability to piece together lyrics feels freestyle-ish as mashes words together.  Some of his lyrics make sense but others felt like garbled mush layered atop of one another.  It’s fine with me because it shows his lyrical ability, if there is any.


Avian, the second track on the album, highlights his lyrical ability the most on the album.  It may not sound pleasing due to production values but I don’t really listen for beats but for words.  The album doesn’t feature too many artists but you will hear from Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, and Schoolboy Q.  The track listing feels off and doesn’t fit well together; like a puzzle where the right pieces were mixed up and forced to take positions they didn’t fit into. “This jigsaw puzzle is not complete,” Miller couldn’t have said it better.


Suplexes Inside of Complexes and Duplexes is a song that’s an example of Miller having fun that doesn’t hinder his more serious raps in Aquarium.  Overall, the album is worth the listen and probably will be on repeat for many fans of his.

Jonathan Silva is a graduate and current student at Full Sail University going for his Master's Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing for film blogs like Get The Big Picture or listening to music, he's either watching movies or playing video games. His love for all things entertainment shine through in his writing.