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The road Mac Miller took from YouTube sensation and indie darling to major label artist could be considered life-altering in the slightest. Miller, oft-maligned for a number of reasons made his best project two years ago with Watching Movies With The Sound Off, combining his now trademark spacious and oddball demeanor with dark sonics and perfectly casted guests. The Mac Miller who made Blue Slide Park is probably dead and buried, lost to a world of reality television shows and drug addiction. He’s definitely not going to make anything as pop and to the point as “Donald Trump” two years ago but he’s also going to probably drive himself somewhere in the middle of Watching Movies and the gloom hanging thoughtfulness that inhabited his Faces mixtape of a year ago. So, here’s GO:OD AM, an album equipped with the title of ‘Good morning’ but even more of Mac’s off the wall, scatterbrained bars with dreamy yet damn near labyrinth deep production.

Noted Miller associates ID Labs show up for the bulk of GO:OD AM, keeping folks like the Mick Foley name dropping Chief Keef in check on “Cut The Check” and the most peaceful of all, Lil B in full on promotion when it comes to “Time Flies”. When you’re at a center, Lil B may be the first, second and third person you call in regards to a feature verse. Especially when you’re discussing the contradictions of life or even ready to addresss your own battles with the setbacks of fame. With a lineup that includes Juicy J, Ab-Soul, Little Dragon, & Miguel, GO:OD AM finds Mac Miller chasing middle ground and it results in probably the most comfortable and appealing Mac Miller album available.

You can stream GO:OD AM in full via NPR’s First Listen.