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
Buy On
  1. Mar 5, 2013
    92
    Make no mistake about it, most of the instrumentation on the album is just Toro y Moi. More so ‘Moi’.
  2. 90
    For now Bundick has accomplished many great feats and with Anything in Return, the first great album of 2013.
  3. Jan 25, 2013
    80
    It may not be the most immediately exciting album of his career, but it is the most impressive and affecting.
  4. Jan 23, 2013
    80
    What's most striking is how effortlessly Bundick seems to construct each groove without compromising the complexity of his hybrid style.
  5. Jan 22, 2013
    80
    A little unbalanced, Anything in Return nevertheless showcases again just how good its maker is at his craft.
  6. Jan 22, 2013
    80
    There aren't specific songs on Anything in Return that function as stand-out moments, as much as the whole album functions as one long moment that stands out for its post-modern, semi-nostalgic originality.
  7. Mojo
    Jan 18, 2013
    80
    [Bundick] constructs a wold of dancey digital pop out of low-slung Cali R&B rhythms, blunted hip-hop, Gallic dance pop and quirky house. [Feb 2013, p.91]
  8. Jan 17, 2013
    80
    [Toro y Moi] now returns to the disco house party with his sharpest album to date.
  9. Jan 17, 2013
    80
    Toro y Moi goes longer and harder than before, and the results represent an accentuation of the elements which appealed in his prior work.
  10. Jan 17, 2013
    80
    Soulful, grown-up, dancey synth pop is hard to do well, but Toro Y Moi nails it.
  11. Jan 22, 2013
    79
    For now, the musically and emotionally rewarding Anything in Return evokes the feeling of being young with options and in no hurry to figure it all out.
  12. For all of its well-intentioned flaws and near-immaculate production, this record hums with a life of its own, confident in the abilities of its creator.
  13. 75
    The brew of Anything In Return is strong enough that its overly sugary moments don’t ruin the experience of the album, and it’s certainly strong enough to merit many, many plays.
  14. Jan 17, 2013
    75
    Anything in Return is his most melodic album.
  15. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    By trimming away the self-indulgent fat this uneven and overlong work might have been a landmark for Toro Y Moi. Instead it’s just another step in the path of of an interesting career.
  16. 70
    In places Toro Y Moi succeeds effortlessly in adapting the mainstream for his own alternative means, but frustratingly, at times is only as meaningful as few comedy jabs of the ’90s dance demo button.
  17. Feb 1, 2013
    70
    The amount of painstaking effort that’s evident on Anything In Return suggests that he’s in this for the duration.
  18. Jan 28, 2013
    70
    His latest is almost a straight R&B/dance set. But romantic certainty is in short supply.
  19. Jan 22, 2013
    70
    Anything in Return functions as an all-in-one summary of Bundick's talents, giving the impression of a maturing songwriter who has found his wheelhouse.
  20. Jan 22, 2013
    70
    Anything In Return is an album applicable to plenty of palettes.
  21. Magnet
    Feb 11, 2013
    65
    Anything In Return us ultimately a chill listen, but not a necessarily memorable one. [No. 95, p.59]
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  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. Mar 21, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. A fantastic album that once again breaks the boundaries of genre and expectation. A quirky and intelligent album with apparent influences from electronic house, hip hop, indie rock, funk, and Chaz's own personal style. Songs like Touch, Harm in Charge, Cola, and Studies really accentuate Chaz's growth as a musician, producer, and song writer. Full Review »
  3. 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 »