Anything In Return

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
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  1. Feb 8, 2013
    60
    Anything In Return feels again like the work of an artist still exploring his sound and yet to pin it down to something concrete.
  2. 60
    Bundick never quite detaches from the sound here, and if he languishes there any longer he’s liable to go down with the ship.
  3. Jan 31, 2013
    60
    It sounds promising at first, but then it slumps into a bed of mediocrity that Toro y Moi has already proved he is more than capable of avoiding.
  4. 60
    While Anything in Return might be the most consistent of any of his records up to this point, it lacks the punch to break through.
  5. Jan 24, 2013
    60
    His latest album is full of sexy slow jams, hip-hop samples and an overall tone better suited to a club than a lazy house party.
  6. 60
    Ultimately Anything In Return suggests a tendency to follow the musical trends du jour rather than defining a true Toro Y Moi sound.
  7. Jan 22, 2013
    60
    As Toro Y Moi is mirroring sounds from genres past, Anything in Return sounds all too familiar.
  8. Jan 22, 2013
    60
    Return is neither a step up or down from 2010's wave-warping Causers of This or 2011's time-warping Underneath the Pine, yet it's not more of the same.
  9. Jan 22, 2013
    60
    It has a youthful glow, but over 13 tracks Anything lacks substance.
  10. Jan 17, 2013
    60
    The album wears a multitude of influences on its sleeve, containing elements of hip-hop, house, disco and funk, but ultimately there is a distinct lack of variation amongst the thirteen tracks.
  11. Jan 22, 2013
    58
    It's not just a preference for textures over melodies that makes Anything In Return fall short of its genre-bending aspirations, however. Pop music is more than just dance beats and glammy electronics; it's an attitude, and Bundick might just not have it.
  12. Oct 4, 2013
    50
    Bundick doesn't have a great voice. A one-man vehicle such as Toro y Moi won't fix that issue any time soon, so it might be time for some extra help.
  13. Uncut
    Jan 17, 2013
    50
    It can at times be truly excellent 21st-century pop, but too often the songwriting just doesn't match up and many tracks are just multitracked signifiers with no connecting tissue. [Feb 2013, p.81]
  14. Jan 17, 2013
    50
    Bundick can't seem to escape the downward pull toward conformity, fizzy production taking a back seat to bland pronouncements about love and yes, another damn hype man. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.90]
  15. Q Magazine
    Jan 24, 2013
    40
    For all its chiseled flirtation, what Anything In Return fails to offer is any real emotion. [Feb 2013, p.112]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 25, 2013
    10
    Chaz does it again. With the beautiful entrance piece "Harm in Change" to the groovy stepping stone "Say That", Bundick sets the stage for hisChaz does it again. With the beautiful entrance piece "Harm in Change" to the groovy stepping stone "Say That", Bundick sets the stage for his brilliant display of chilled-out pop sounds - and don't worry guys- he does not forget about his prolific use of samples. All of his tracks stand out if you listen to them without the bias of his previous albums. Sure, it may not be the heavily processed, hip hop funk sounds of his previous projects, but he flexes his production muscle and shows us that he'll bring us clean, crispy, catchy pop without expecting anything in return. Full Review »
  2. Jan 24, 2013
    9
    This record is fantastic. Familiar sounds from Toro Y Moi, but also explores new terrain. If you're already a fan you'll enjoy this record.This record is fantastic. Familiar sounds from Toro Y Moi, but also explores new terrain. If you're already a fan you'll enjoy this record. Definitely some more R&B influence than past albums, but it's a welcome change. Full Review »
  3. Feb 26, 2014
    9
    If Causers of This ping-pong synth, catchy production and Underneath The Pine emotional nuance were to have a child, Anything In Return wouldIf Causers of This ping-pong synth, catchy production and Underneath The Pine emotional nuance were to have a child, Anything In Return would be it. Toro Y Moi has found the middle road between already admired LPs, and is uncompromising in trying new things in his own style. Example: Harm in Change is the massive opener to end all massive openers in 2013, and Grown Up Calls plays with his voice layering in a very intricate way that comes off clean and effortless with the bouncy beat. The master blending of electronic deepness, funk grooves, intricate sampling and falsetto arrangements is near perfect in his style. Now onto the next carnation of Bull & Me. Full Review »