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Mac Demarco - Here Comes The Cowboy (2019) Published: May 10/19 Released: May 10/19 albumAlternative13 Tracks • 46 Minutes
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65%
    SELECTED LINE: DeMarco has a knack for composing simple yet alluring melodies that feel weighty and timeless. -Slant Magazine
    Here Comes The Comeboy is the fifth studio album by Mac Demarco, released by Mac's Record Label on May 10, 2019.
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    1. Here Comes the Cowboy3:00Mac DeMarco
    2. Nobody3:32Mac DeMarco
    3. Finally Alone2:24Mac DeMarco
    4. Little Dogs March2:29Mac DeMarco
    5. Preoccupied3:59Mac DeMarco
    6. Choo Choo2:39Mac DeMarco
    7. K3:33Mac DeMarco
    8. Heart to Heart3:31Mac DeMarco
    9. Hey Cowgirl2:15Mac DeMarco
    10. On the Square3:29Mac DeMarco
    11. All of Our Yesterdays4:03Mac DeMarco
    12. Skyless Moon4:04Mac DeMarco
    13. Baby Bye Bye7:28Mac DeMarco
℗ 2019 Mac's Record Label
Critic Reviews (55)

Here Comes the Cowboy proves DeMarco can still own his psychedelic, lighthearted sound, while adding something fresh and novel.

80% 1 week ago

The Sydney Morning Herald The Sydney Morning Herald (TOP)

Mac DeMarco feels stagnant on Here Comes The Cowboy.

60% 1 week ago

NOW Magazine NOW Magazine

Here Comes The Cowboy is more akin to a comedown, Sunday morning post-party album, full of mellow, and at times moody tunes.

1 week ago

The Straits Times The Straits Times (TOP)

As the name suggests, Here Comes The Cowboy should entail a degree of excitement or anticipation – but it does neither.

50% 1 week ago

The 405 The 405

He’s just getting stuff off his chest and letting us ride along for the good and not so good.

71% 1 week ago

Earbuddy Earbuddy

Gradually Demarco works his slowburn charms.

80% 1 week ago

The Scotsman The Scotsman

A beautiful, unobtrusive but balanced piece of work.

70% 1 week ago

humo (BE) humo (BE)

A thorny, frightening, often frustrating record about the passage of time.

70% 1 week ago

PopMatters PopMatters

Listening to this gorgeous but uneven batch of sad songs and slow songs, you hope the writer is using them to work through whatever’s bugging him, not to relax in its grip.

1 week ago

Vulture Vulture

It’s beautifully played and engineered, with DeMarco’s nimble vocals softly caressing your speakers from inside, but it cossets where it could challenge.

60% 1 week ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

The glowing music, the introspection and self-reflection, all wrapped up in a smooth lemonade-on-a-Summer’s-Day album is a fine testament to DeMarco as an artist.

80% 1 week ago

The Wee Review The Wee Review

Mac Demarco succeeds in captivating us by bringing phlegmatic simplicity and catchy decorations that surprise us.

70% 1 week ago

Dansende Beren Dansende Beren

It's soaked of nostalgia and melancholy from the first to the last track.

80% 1 week ago

Rolling Stone Italia Rolling Stone Italia

From the sparse, opening title track to the frazzled finale of Baby Bye Bye, it’s an affecting album that demands to be listened to in full.

80% 1 week ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

The songs - recorded by DeMarco in their own work in the garage - shuffle away, losing their symbolism.

50% 1 week ago

Musikexpress Musikexpress

He’s tapping his status in service of his oddest and most experimental record to date.

1 week ago

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times (TOP)

The laid back, low-fi crooning of Mac and his unique vision of the world.

2 weeks ago

No More Workhorse No More Workhorse

A Marmite album if there ever was one.

60% 2 weeks ago

The Edge The Edge

It’s a good listen from one of the most likable, talented guys around.

65% 2 weeks ago

SpectrumCulture SpectrumCulture

Though it’s ultimately a mixed bag, Here Comes The Cowboy feels like a creative release.

2 weeks ago


The soft-rock savant’s latest drifts amiably through a hermetic couch-jockey haze.

70% 2 weeks ago


DeMarco rides the line between being stripped-back and being forgettable.

70% 2 weeks ago

Clash Music Clash Music

A compelling albeit low-stakes listen.

2 weeks ago

NOISEY NOISEY

Though it does at times show that it was recorded quickly (in only two weeks), it's a beautiful piece from top to bottom.

2 weeks ago

setlist.fm setlist.fm

Despite its pacing problems, 'Here Comes The Cowboy' is still a stylish and enjoyable listen from start to finish.

70% 2 weeks ago

MYSTIC SONS MYSTIC SONS

Yes, they are often simple, and yes, the production remains low key, but as he approaches 30, DeMarco's chops as a producer and songwriter are continually being burnished.

70% 2 weeks ago

Belfast Telegraph Belfast Telegraph

In essence, it’s far more Meh DeMarco than the Mac we had hoped would swing open the saloon doors.

60% 2 weeks ago

Far Out Magazine (UK) Far Out Magazine (UK)

Here Comes… barely wastes a second of its sweet, tender and winningly off-piste, high-plains drift.

80% 2 weeks ago

Record Collector Record Collector

The results is an album that's braver, weirder and richer than most of his more sensible and brand-conscious peers could ever manage. [Jun 2019, p.18]

80% 2 weeks ago

Uncut Uncut

Continues to hit the sonic sweet spots. [Jun 2019, p.93]

80% 2 weeks ago

Mojo Mojo

Here Comes the Cowboy might have been trimmed down to a solid EP or mini-album, but as a whole it just doesn't live up to the standards DeMarco set on his first three albums.

60% 2 weeks ago

AllMusic AllMusic

Mac’s latest release is unremarkable in almost every way.

50% 2 weeks ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

Overall, Here Comes the Cowboy an album packed with good intentions, but will likely bore you to sleep before you even come close to finishing it.

50% 2 weeks ago

Highsnobiety Highsnobiety

Mac DeMarco lives in his own world, and I don’t think we’re invited in.

40% 2 weeks ago

Tiny Mix Tapes Tiny Mix Tapes

It is ultimately an album that fails to welcome the listener warmly into its world.

60% 2 weeks ago


Mac DeMarco has recorded his most intimate work yet.

80% 2 weeks ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

It sounds nice, but for a lot of its runtime, it also sounds like DeMarco is exhausted, like he’s ready to move on and try something new but is trapped in a creative holding pattern.

67% 2 weeks ago


Here Comes the Cowboy, his fourth album, feels like a regression.

50% 2 weeks ago

Philly.com Philly.com

DeMarco’s album provides a suitably slow-tempoed, faintly depressive balm for anyone whose lot in life is seclusion.

60% 2 weeks ago

FLOOD Magazine FLOOD Magazine

Overall, DeMarco delivers an album true to his traditional style, yet not afraid to experiment.

2 weeks ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

This is a lovely little record that shows clear artistic growth.

80% 2 weeks ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

This is a record that's 100% proof - true to itself and its creator at every step.

60% 2 weeks ago

Dork Dork

Here Comes The Cowboy is DeMarco coming to terms with where his career has taken him while earnestly reflecting on what is important to him in life.

2 weeks ago

STACK STACK

He's chilled out to the point of inertia.

50% 2 weeks ago

Exclaim Exclaim

Here Comes the Cowboy, his fifth and worst album, trades inward curiosity for despondency.

40% 2 weeks ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

Generally, it seems like much of DeMarco’s other material.

40% 2 weeks ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)

DeMarco makes a welcome return.

67% 2 weeks ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

With only a small handful of strong songs, ‘Here Comes the Cowboy’ is Mac DeMarco’s weakest album for a long time.

50% 2 weeks ago

XS NOIZE XS NOIZE

Here Comes the Cowboy carefully encapsulates a liberating sense of past struggle with heartbreaking lyrics and vivacious instrumentation.

60% 2 weeks ago

The Skinny The Skinny

He wears his heart on his sleeve through his lyrics and proves again that he’s a compelling songwriter and a driving force in indie rock.

2 weeks ago

BeatRoute BeatRoute

Favoring the use of acoustic guitars and poetic lyricism, DeMarco’s vocal delivery and arrangements keep it interesting and fresh.

2 weeks ago

RIFF Magazine RIFF Magazine

Indulging in the lethargic haze to the point, frankly, of boredom.

50% 2 weeks ago

Loud And Quiet Loud And Quiet

With each passing album, Mac DeMarco has mellowed out significantly, and Here Comes the Cowboy is his most drastic leap yet.

70% 2 weeks ago

Soundblab Soundblab

Uniform drowsy pacing makes it difficult to get through the album at times.

50% 2 weeks ago

Northern Transmissions Northern Transmissions

DeMarco has a knack for composing simple yet alluring melodies that feel weighty and timeless.

70% 2 weeks ago

Slant Magazine Slant Magazine
User Reviews (5)

Drehedrme2 months ago
I LOVE MAC DADDY and now he’s a cowboy? He’s so great and he’s very talented. This track proves it, and I cannot wait for the album.

bransonkylor_2 months ago
lol mitski did it better it’s a no for me

zeus07072 weeks ago
Looking forward to it Really looking forward to hearing his album, it’s almost as if each time an album comes out it’s less and less like the other one, which is awesome, but I also love his old sound too. I really love that psychedelic sound and or slow swaying beat with that guitar and I miss hearing it! It would be really nice if some more songs with a similar sound released. In contrast, I also really love him trying new sounds and doing what he feels is a good song. I like how he expands his music and honestly it really works for him. Again, I can’t wait to hear this, he makes me very happy.

MITSKI AND MAC ARE NOT THE SAME :))))))) Mac is amazing. Mitski is amazing. They’re two completely unrelated artists... get over it. Thank you for such beautiful music yet again, Mac.

Mcfluffynips3 weeks ago
Cowboy So Big Mac uses the word “cowboy”, and he’s a copycat? Such a shame on the direction of music-fandom is going in. Nevertheless, looking forward to the new album!
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