The album was the second in a two-part series that Mac had planned before his unfortunate passing after the release of "Swimming."
And, now that the album is out, critics are giving it praise. "The album doesn’t possess the piercing introspection, precision or revelatory quality of Swimming, but of course, Miller wasn’t there to see it across the finish line. It serves as a fitting coda to his career," states the Rolling Stones.
New Music Express states in their review, "Overall, ’Circles’ is a very conflicting listen. It’s a high-quality project, but we lost Mac way too soon, and that’s hard to accept. So while it’s hard to listen to him talking about self-deterioration and how he spends far too much time in his own head, it’s a privilege to hear him share his inner most thoughts over a bed of sweeping, inventive sonics. This is the album Mac Miller was born to make."
The Independent only had high praises for the album stating, "On Swimming he was adrift, searching for a lighthouse beam that would bring him back to 'a place of comfort'. On Circles, it sounds as though – if only for the briefest of moments – he found it."
Critics weren't the only ones to fall in love with the posthumous work. Long-time fans and new alike all expressed their emotions and attachment to the last work to come from the rapper.
"I know I slept a deal but this new Mac Miller album is haunting and depressingly beautiful," commented a new listener of Mac's on Twitter.
Another twitter user expressed their feelings, "@MacMiller’s song “Woods” from his latest album #Circles is such a masterpiece. the [sic] transition, the drums, the synthesizer connecting as one with the bass and his voice just made me feel the same nostalgia as the words he expressed. im [sic] delighted 🤯 you will be always missing."
The last album from the rapper has had an emotional effect on music fans and critics alike. Mac's hauntingly beautiful lyrics and voice on this album are connecting with people all over the world and making people fall in love with his work all over again.
There will never be another Mac Miller album, but to many, "Circles" was a good way for the rapper to leave his discography. The emotional work connects and comforts many in the post-Miller rap world.