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Boo Boo

Toro Y Moi

Boo Boo

Fifth release from the South Carolina-born onetime chillwave pioneer Chaz Bundick

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  1. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Toro Y Moi turns to lush, introspective pop on its most personal album to date
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  2. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Don’t let the more experimental qualities keep you from listening to the record, though. There are plenty of great songs you’ll want to put on repeat
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  3. 8.0 |   The 405

    Toro Y Moi’s 2017 return is a neo-contemporary statement that makes old sounds new, dancing around your head like a racquetball match
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  4. 8.0 |   Q

    It's the work of a singular talent. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Mixmag

    Listening to its gorgeous, woozy pop is like lying in a Radox bath
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  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The album boasts some of Bundick’s strongest melodies to date, with shades of Prince and Talking Heads
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  7. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    It’s not just that Toro y Moi is becoming more sonically ambitious with each album. He’s getting better, too. With Boo Boo, even retreading old ground is somehow an exercise in innovation
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  8. 7.4 |   Earbuddy

    Boo Boo will satisfy longtime Toro y Moi fans, even if this album isn’t as much fun as this year’s earlier team-up with The Mattson 2
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  9. 7.1 |   Gig Soup

    Change is good and necessary but forcing it in the midst of an identity crisis could surely have mixed results
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  10. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    This may not be a classic album that deserves a place in indie canon, but it is certainly the type of record that will prompt some interesting discussion
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  11. 7.0 |   Clash

    A soul-bearing and highly cathartic therapy session for both the artist and his listeners
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  12. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Boo Boo is an engaging, immersive album that unfolds itself over repeated listens
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  13. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    His most personal album to date, as a still-funky but more ambient side of his writing emerges
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  14. 6.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    As you might expect from its title, the fifth full-length record as Toro Y Moi is at times cute, echoey and ghostly as it explores a sparse, 80’s synth-wave landscape throughout
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  15. 6.0 |   All Music

    Despite the flares of inventive arranging and limber songwriting that flash from time to time, Boo Boo is the first Toro y Moi album that doesn't work overall, the first to feel like product instead of artistic expression
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  16. 6.0 |   The Observer

    It’s Bear’s most consistent work to date and the best songs have a haunted wistfulness that is impossible to forget
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  17. 6.0 |   State

    Despite a lapse into cliche here and there (e.g. ‘Girl Like You’), the second half of the album is a strong showing
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  18. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Chillwave pioneer faces a crisis of confidence. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Boo Boo is fascinating as an exercise for Bear, and proves that Toro Y Moi has yet another viable direction to take their music in
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