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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
When Macklemore declares his music is "David Bowie meets Kanye sh*t," it's a bit of an oversell on the Bowie side, but then again, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring are also honored as influences during "Ten Thousand Hours," the biographical highlight that opens the Seattle rapper's vibrant sophomore release. These arty name-drops threaten to paint the album as more obscure than it is, but even as glitch electronica and Mad Rad member Buffalo Madonna strange up the breakup number "Thin Line," The Heist comes off as instant, alive, and oh so welcoming. Chalk it up to Macklemore's playful and open lyrics ("When I was in the third grade/I thought I was gay/Because I ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
When Macklemore declares his music is "David Bowie meets Kanye sh*t," it's a bit of an oversell on the Bowie side, but then again, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring are also honored as influences during "Ten Thousand Hours," the biographical highlight that opens the Seattle rapper's vibrant sophomore release. These arty name-drops threaten to paint the album as more obscure than it is, but even as glitch electronica and Mad Rad member Buffalo Madonna strange up the breakup number "Thin Line," The Heist comes off as instant, alive, and oh so welcoming. Chalk it up to Macklemore's playful and open lyrics ("When I was in the third grade/I thought I was gay/Because I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight") or the album's not so secret weapon, Ryan Lewis, the producer who earns his co-billing with a George Martin or Dave Fridmann-sized sense of purpose and an Internet kid's sense of utilizing anything and/or everything. For the music industry takeover "Jimmy Iovine" with Ab-Soul as guest, Lewis' production is a mix of G-Unit gangster music and a Houston hip-hop trunk rumbler, while the pro-gay marriage highlight "Same Love" with Mary Lambert is supported by full-bodied piano and the sound of a bittersweet marching band, all of it familiar yet twisted through a laptop with hypnotic loops and catchy hooks coming out. "Gold" (feeling like "500,000 sold") is joyous and bright mini-electro that feeds the positive side of the soul, while "Can't Hold Us" comes with an irresistible bounce, both tracks being light, lovely, and in contrast to the numbers that deal with Macklemore's addiction issues and other obstacles. These two talented young bucks can't be contained, and hearing them offer one memorable, meaty number after another makes for an exciting listen, but this is unfiltered freshness released on Macklemore's own label, so the concepts of restraint and focus take a slight hit, leaving the is-he-Eminem, is-he-Childish Gambino, or is-he-Grieves question with no clear winner. Here, he's a mix of all of the above with some distinctive qualities, and with Lewis putting that kaleidoscope style underneath, The Heist winds up a rich combination of fresh and familiar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2012
  • Label: Macklemore Llc
  • UPC: 707541522298
  • Catalog Number: 52229
  • Sales rank: 4,452

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ten Thousand Hours (4:09)
  2. 2 Can't Hold Us - Ray Dalton (4:18)
  3. 3 Thrift Shop - Wanz (3:57)
  4. 4 Thin Line - Buffalo Madonna (4:16)
  5. 5 Same Love - Mary Lambert (5:20)
  6. 6 Make the Money (3:44)
  7. 7 Neon Cathedral - Allen Stone (4:34)
  8. 8 Bombom - The Teaching (4:55)
  9. 9 White Walls - ScHoolboy Q (3:40)
  10. 10 Jimmy Iovine (3:53)
  11. 11 Wing$ (4:59)
  12. 12 A Wake - Evan Roman (3:46)
  13. 13 Gold - Eighty4 Fly (4:11)
  14. 14 Starting Over (4:11)
  15. 15 Cowboy Boots (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Macklemore Primary Artist
Tim Haggerty Vocals
Ryan Lewis Vocals, Wurlitzer
Evan Flory-Barnes Bass
Ben Bridwell Vocals
Jeremy Jones Percussion, Drums
Hollis Vocals
Sonny Byers Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tyler Andrews Vocals
Elan Wright Bass, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Josh Rawlings Piano, Wurlitzer
Ab-Soul Vocals
Camila Recchi Vocals
Victoria Fuangaromya Vocals
Benjamin Verdoes Vocals
Andrew Joslyn Percussion, Violin, Viola, Vocals
DJ DV One scratching
ScHoolboy Q Vocals
Eighty4 Fly Vocals
Ray Dalton Vocals
Evan Roman Vocals
Buffalo Madonna Vocals
Greg Kramer Trombone
Michael Wansley Vocals
Owuor Arunga Trumpet
Noah Goldberg Piano, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Natalie Hall Cello
Zach Fleury Bass Guitar
Seattle Rock Orchestra Strings
Mark Isakson Banjo, Vocals
Josh "Budo" Karp Guitar, Trumpet
Lindsey Starr Vocals
Denny Middle School Choir Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Dana Albaum Cello
Camila Recchio Vocals
Brooklyn Grinnell Vocals
Technical Credits
Reed Ruddy Engineer
Ryan Lewis Composer, Producer, Engineer, Writer
Ben Bridwell Composer, Writer
Ben Greenspan Engineer
Hollis Composer, Writer
Ab-Soul Composer, Writer
Amos Miller Engineer
Macklemore Composer, Writer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
Derek Erdman Illustrations
Andrew Joslyn Composer
ScHoolboy Q Composer, Writer
Stacey Rozich Illustrations
Pete Stewart Engineer
Allen Stone Composer, Writer
Eighty4 Fly Composer, Writer
Dan Black Illustrations
Ray Dalton Composer
Evan Roman Composer, Writer
Buffalo Madonna Composer, Writer
Jordan Nicholson Illustrations
Chris Mansfield Composer, Writer
Ben Haggerty Composer, Engineer
Mary Lambert Composer, Writer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    New favorite album! :)

    New favorite album! :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

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    If you're still on the fence about this album, get off it and bu

    If you're still on the fence about this album, get off it and buy the cd already! One of the cleanest and best rap cds of all time and no cd this year has comes with better messages. Come for Thrift Shop and stay for everything else!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Every song makes me tear up a little bit. Simply amazing.

    Every song makes me tear up a little bit. Simply amazing.

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