The Heist by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis has been one of those albums that I never really expected to get invested in, it’s generally not the genre of music I naturally gravitate towards. But I was moved and impressed by “Same Love” (watch the performance on Ellen) and gave the album a shot.
Needless to say, I was captivated by the lyrics and the depth of subject covered in the songs. Unfortunately, it’s rare to find music that speaks of social issues as frankly and poignantly as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis do on The Heist.
Most of the subject matter is of a serious nature with vivid commentary on society and issues. There’s also the fun and catchy single, “Thrift Shop”, which has more personality and is fun whilst still addressing the issue of materialism and commercialism.
I thought “Same Love” featuring Mary Lambert would be my favorite track on the album (it’s one of the standout tracks on the album), but then track 7, “Neon Cathedral” which features the smooth vocals of Allen Stone on the chorus. Lyrically it’s spot on, and musically, it’s perfectly produced and arranged.
And here’s an incredible live performance of the song with Allen Stone and Macklemore.
It really doesn’t get much better than that.