Mac DeMarco: Review: Mac DeMarco Unfurls Wiseacre Wisdom on 'This Old Dog'

Our take on the third LP from the indie-rocker

Mac DeMarco's latest album is 'This Old Dog.' Credit: Coley Brown

"Hopefully make some sense of all this shit before you die," laid-back wiseacre Mac DeMarco advises, like a cross between Bob Dylan and Stephen Malkmus. His third LP ranges from the cheese-synth balladry of "For the First Time" to bedroom-guitar poesy like the forlorn fragment "Sister." DeMarco's weed-y lazy-day croon can be a little too tongue-in-cheek. He's best when he's more earnest, both lyrically and melodically, as on "My Old Man," a sweet shoulder shrug toward the harsh reality of turning into your dad.