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ALBUM REVIEW

Mackned

American Boy

Released November 2016

Brand new from Mackned, American Boy, is the latest local musical response to this year’s election spectacle. Starting with a Trump sample, here are eight meditations on “Making America Great Again.” Switching between macho posturing and sweetly misunderstood, there’s a broad range of styles on display, and Mackned excels at them all. This is his third release in 2016, after Celebrity Etiquette and Born Rich, the latter of which hasn’t left my car stereo.