Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Jan 25, 2013
    80
    It may not be the most immediately exciting album of his career, but it is the most impressive and affecting.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Jan 22, 2013
    60
    As Toro Y Moi is mirroring sounds from genres past, Anything in Return sounds all too familiar.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 90
    For now Bundick has accomplished many great feats and with Anything in Return, the first great album of 2013.
  9. Jan 22, 2013
    70
    Anything In Return is an album applicable to plenty of palettes.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Jan 22, 2013
    80
    A little unbalanced, Anything in Return nevertheless showcases again just how good its maker is at his craft.
  13. Feb 11, 2013
    65
    Anything In Return us ultimately a chill listen, but not a necessarily memorable one. [No. 95, p.59]
  14. Jan 17, 2013
    80
    Soulful, grown-up, dancey synth pop is hard to do well, but Toro Y Moi nails it.
  15. 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]
  16. 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.
  17. 60
    Ultimately Anything In Return suggests a tendency to follow the musical trends du jour rather than defining a true Toro Y Moi sound.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Mar 5, 2013
    92
    Make no mistake about it, most of the instrumentation on the album is just Toro y Moi. More so ‘Moi’.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Jan 24, 2013
    40
    For all its chiseled flirtation, what Anything In Return fails to offer is any real emotion. [Feb 2013, p.112]
  26. Jan 28, 2013
    70
    His latest is almost a straight R&B/dance set. But romantic certainty is in short supply.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Jan 17, 2013
    75
    Anything in Return is his most melodic album.
  30. Jan 17, 2013
    80
    [Toro y Moi] now returns to the disco house party with his sharpest album to date.
  31. 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.
  32. Jan 22, 2013
    60
    It has a youthful glow, but over 13 tracks Anything lacks substance.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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]
  36. 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]
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 11, 2013
    6
    This is not a bad album. The problem with this album is that, in my opinion, it's underwhelming in production and song structure esp. in the second half. The first 4 tracks are pretty good with "Say That" and "Rose Quartz" being the highlights. After that, the album is really drops in quality. I definitely see where Chaz was going with this album and I sometimes am awed by the expertise of his production and how he is able to make all of his sounds and ideas flow in one track: "Say That" being the best example. Like I said before. this isn't a bad album, it's just extremely underwhelming. However there are definitely great tracks on here other than "Say That" and "Rose Quartz" such as Studies", "Cola", and "So Many Details". However, there are also other tracks on here that fail to take off and just fall up short in production and song structure. Definitely an ambitious effort from Chaz and he definitely gets my respect. Full Review »
  2. 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 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 »
  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. Definitely some more R&B influence than past albums, but it's a welcome change. Full Review »