Some of the greatest heists of all time have happened in plain sight. Numerous details and expert planning that have left one and all in a hazey daze of wondering “wait, what just happened here?”.
By this time, you can’t help but smile at the resolution of a beautifully executed plan, and the mastery that goes into that.
The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis did just that. It’s one of those albums that takes you by surprise, and before you know it, you’re sitting befuddled, wondering how you could have missed it in the first place.
If you’re partial to mainstream, then Thrift Shop has probably been on your playlist for longer than the intended four minutes. Between that and Can’t Hold Us ft. Ray Dalton, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis seem to put on a good enough show to keep you listening.
My favourites from the album are Thin Line ft. Buffalo Madonna, Neon Cathedral (cause Allen Stone killed that hook and chorus), White Walls ft. Schoolboy Q (If you don’t find yourself bumping to the ‘off-black, Cadillac, midnight drive, gas pedal, lean back, taking my time’ part of the chorus, then this is clearly not for you), Jimmy Lovine ft. Ab-Soul and A Wake ft.Evan Roman.
The list of features is not thin, but each one seems to have been well-calculated to add to the depth of the album.
I was also pleasantly surprised by the almost 5 minute instrumental BomBom ft. The Teaching which had me bopping away to Mr Lewis production skills.
All in all, I think it was a pretty solid album, the duo probably could have done away with a couple of the songs (Cowboy Boots and Castle to be particular) and still managed to make away with a good stash of fans.
The album is available at all good retailers worldwide so have a listen to it and let me know what you think, did they manage to steal away some of your approval?