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  • Summary: The second instrumental release for Mac DeMarco was created while he was on a cross-country road trip in 2022.
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  • Record Label: Mac's Record Label
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Dream Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Glide Magazine
    Jan 19, 2023
    80
    Through its simplicity, Five Easy Hot Dogs achieved a level of beauty that redefines Demarco as a musician. Instead of relying on cheeky guitar tones and whispering vocal melodies, Demarco created a project that expresses his diversity without it feeling forced.
  2. Beats Per Minute
    Jan 20, 2023
    73
    It does not at all feel lazy, rather a conscious effort to do something new. Five Easy Hot Dogs is an incredibly addictive record that entices with its lightheartedness and almost weightlessness, which is aided by the absence of vocals and lyrics.
  3. The Line of Best Fit
    Jan 19, 2023
    70
    While perhaps not the return to bigger records that fans of Salad Days might have hoped for, Five Easy Hot Dogs stays true to the linear, if unexpected, evolution of Mac DeMarco’s music. Each iteration is somehow even more sparse and experimental; it seems this record is the result of DeMarco slowly whittling down his sound until it is just its own essential core.
  4. PopMatters
    Jan 19, 2023
    60
    Each instrumental, named after its place of origin, floats by languorously and begins to blur together into a gentle, placid paste not even three songs in. Each track is gorgeous, but they’re all also immeasurably passive, with only a few key differences between each to make them separate entities.
  5. Pitchfork
    Jan 20, 2023
    60
    Though each track is named for where it was recorded, there’s not much to distinguish one stop from another, and though you could connect the locations into a journey, these tracks don’t form an arc but play as if stacked atop one another.
  6. Clash Music
    Jan 23, 2023
    60
    ‘Five Easy Hot Dogs’ isn’t going to win DeMarco any more fans, nor will it distract from his past triumphs. ... This instrumental offering will, like most of his tunes, act as great company for those who just wanna lay back and disconnect from it all.
  7. The Telegraph (UK)
    Jan 20, 2023
    60
    Whilst it is purposefully lacking in intention, the experimental album has its moments of whimsy but feels noticeably devoid of humour, surprising for a musician known for his zaniness. Still a cohesive affair, it’s an apt depiction of transience and Mac DeMarco is taking us all along for the ride.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Jan 21, 2023
    10
    This album is so beautiful I love it so much it’s amazing more people need to listen to this album multiple times and I have listened to itThis album is so beautiful I love it so much it’s amazing more people need to listen to this album multiple times and I have listened to it twice in 2 days! Expand
  2. Feb 3, 2023
    10
    When I heard he was going to release a new instrumental I just hoped it would be as good as or surpass "Some Other Ones". I listened to it asWhen I heard he was going to release a new instrumental I just hoped it would be as good as or surpass "Some Other Ones". I listened to it as soon as he released it on spotify and I admit I had a hard time finding anything nice about it. Until two days later I started doing housework, cleaning, tidying up...and I played the whole album in the background on the TV...at that moment I knew it's a great album and super recommendable to play it on loop over and over again...it's impossible to get tired of listening to it. Expand
  3. Jan 20, 2023
    8
    As a fan of Mac's prior instrumental outings, this album was a nice surprise. Definitely not as lively as Some Other Ones, but that's ok. It'sAs a fan of Mac's prior instrumental outings, this album was a nice surprise. Definitely not as lively as Some Other Ones, but that's ok. It's different, and I'm glad to see an artist continue to try different things. Also nice to have some more Mac instrumentals on streaming services as well. Expand
  4. Jan 20, 2023
    4
    I was quite the fan of Mac's last work (Here Come the Cowboy) with its underproduced-overproduced balance, however even as background musicI was quite the fan of Mac's last work (Here Come the Cowboy) with its underproduced-overproduced balance, however even as background music this album is pretty boring and some songs left me waiting for the album to be finished so I could move on. I understand the rudimentary nature of the recordings but most of the songs sound like watered-down versions of the last album, which itself felt watered-down. For example, the synth in "Gualala" sounds similar to the one on "Nobody", but in the case of Nobody it fit and yet in Gualala its like a fly you want to shoo away. I like this style of music, but I don't like this version. Expand
  5. Jan 25, 2023
    0
    This was extremely disappointing and sounded cheap. It almost sounded like a fan making a "Mac Demarco type beat" on youtube.
  6. Jan 23, 2023
    0
    Mac Demarco is a gifted song writer.
    Now here are 14 instrumentals made on a long and spontaneous solo road trip.
    Though each track is named
    Mac Demarco is a gifted song writer.
    Now here are 14 instrumentals made on a long and spontaneous solo road trip.
    Though each track is named for where it was recorded, there’s not any connection to the location, it's all nice but just boring.
    The instrumentals are utterly uninspired, so skip this album if you want to listen to something interesting.
    I will continue to love Mac DeMarco in spite of this crappy album which he should have kept for himself.
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