Macklemore’s ‘Gemini’ is less political; more spontaneous.
Macklemore is solo on his new album. Gemini is his first album without Ryan Lewis in 12 years.
Although the album is heartfelt, it’s a little lackluster. Pianos and handclaps are apparent throughout standout Glorious, a heartfelt song about a visit to his grandma’s house, and it continues throughout the album. The entire album is riddled with collaborations. The highly-hyped Kesha song “Good Old Days” about life before fame uses her powerful vocals and a simple piano progression to make a heartfelt anthem. He also collabs with other hypeable artists like Lil Yachty and Skylar Grey.
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I don’t need to go and preach to the choir anymore. Everybody knows what’s going on. I’m not gonna sway somebody at this point. … I believe that music can be a form of resistance without having to hit the nail on the head in terms of subject matter.
Macklemore continues his kitchiness in his lyrics. It’s a little nostalgic, sometimes political, and a little corny, but that’s what he does best. He tried to stray from politics on this album, something that he’s become known for, trying to be a little more spontaneous. He’s more self-aware now, not as preachy, not as He’s quick and nimble with his words and the songs are catchy, but there’s no contenders that will be as significant as Thrift Shop, as poignant as Same Love, or as earwormy as Downtown.
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