The long awaited, debut full-length from the dynamic duo is here, and I promise you it will not disappoint even the sharpest of critics. Starting right off the bat with one of the strongest tracks on the album (“Ten Thousand Hours”), Macklemore tells a story of rejecting what society and popular culture have tried to make him, and staying true to himself and his fans. This message is carried throughout the album on other tracks such as “Make The Money” and “Jimmy Lovine”, where the duo revisits the ever present theme of how powerful money is, and the importance of not selling yourself out just to make a few bucks (“Make the money, don’t let the money make you. Change the game, don’t let the game change you“).
It’s not all serious here though. “Cowboy Boots” finds Macklemore reminiscing about growing up, making mistakes, and sharing memories with friends. “Thrift Shop”, one of two widely acclaimed singles released over the past few months, is a song solely based on purchasing clothes at a thrift shop and rocking them at the club. Both are backed by a unique Ryan Lewis beat, and include choruses that I can promise will get stuck in your head.
Overall, The Heist delivers a mix of both fun, catchy tracks, and well written, thought provoking songs. We couldn’t have asked for anything more from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on their freshman album, which in fact exceeded all expectations that I had for it. For your own sake, please get this. Now.
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These are a few of my favorite tracks from the album.
Preview “Ten Thousand Hours”:
Preview “Neon Cathedrals”:
Preview “Cowboy Boots”: