This week we continue our newly released album review with
Macklemore – Gemini

Review: Jamie Read.

Last year, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released the follow-up to their terrific 2012 album, The Heist

This Unruly Mess I’ve Made was just that really, a bit messy.

The songs didn’t hold their own like the first album and tracks such as Brad Pitt’s Cousin and Let’s Eat were huge let downs.

Now, the Seattle hip-hop star is without producer Ryan Lewis and instead working alone on Gemini.

The first taste of this new release was Glorious where the artist celebrates his success story. A small piano intro builds pace and before you know it, it picks up – much like Macklemore’s career.

An artist who has often been open about internal battles and struggles, Intentions sees him considering his ideal views of living against his desires – which go against his perfect concept.

Good Old Days is a song that’s about reflecting on positive times in your life. The use of Kesha on the song was a highlight, having herself come off a good album release. Her voice is a great juxtaposition with Macklemore’s rapping.

I wasn’t overly keen on Levitate, it was upbeat and fun. However, it felt like the successor to last year’s huge Bruno Mars-inspired, Downtown – which I didn’t like in the first place.

A different sound is found on Firebreather. It is an odd combination of rap and rock, with the song pleased about the nostalgia of rock.

On the album’s last song, ExcavateMacklemore strips himself back and discusses his own life journey.

The hip-hop that Macklemore offers is different to most people’s stereotype of the genre.

He’s open, honest and often uses his celebrity power to promote good views – Gemini is impressively no different.

Overall star rating: 4/5

Songs to play on repeat: Glorious, Good Old Days, Firebreather, Excavate