Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Mar 18, 2011
    89
    This record a solid improvement over the excellent Causers Of This, and I am excited for his continued growth as an artist.
  2. Feb 25, 2011
    84
    Because Toro Y Moi is so closely linked with the likes of Neon Indian, Washed Out, and Memory Tapes, it's tempting to read into the success of Underneath the Pine as some predictor of those bands' collective staying power, or a direction others might take. But Bundick seems to be following nothing but his own internal compass.
  3. He remains an original, talented musician with his influences worn firmly on his sleeves; a contemporary proving that the past is still very much relevant.
  4. Mar 23, 2011
    80
    This album seemingly floats on a pool of nostalgia, pop culture references momentarily bursting to the surface before slowly sinking back into its blue depths. [Feb. 2011, p. 69]
  5. Mar 23, 2011
    80
    Underneath the Pine is at its best on songs like Got Blinded, Still Sound and Divina, with solid grooves and discernable melodies that leap out from the kaleidoscopic bramble.
  6. Mar 17, 2011
    80
    Whilst Underneath the Pine may not cuddle you on greeting you, it makes your brain work, and its whole approach to the band's new sound is, dare I say it, progressive.
  7. Mar 8, 2011
    80
    The rest of the album holds up to the single's brilliance, as Bundick traverses quite a few genres-from his trademark chillwave, to acoustic dream-pop ("Before I'm Done") and severe piano-led ballads ("Good Hold").
  8. Mar 1, 2011
    80
    Second album confirms sonic wizard's wizardry. [March 2011, p. 116]
  9. Mar 1, 2011
    80
    Thankfully, Underneath The Pine burns brightly at both ends. [Feb 2011, p.51]
  10. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    Underneath the Pine, like Causers before it, is slightly padded, with ambient passages helping bump this past the 35-minute mark.
  11. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    The resulting record is a shiny, dreamy affair that retains all the hooks and feel of the first album but adds some energy and pop immediacy.
  12. 80
    He's been able to continue on his path without compromising his talents or ability and with Underneath the Pine, this is now two outstanding albums in the span of just as many years.
  13. Feb 22, 2011
    80
    Underneath is crisp, clean, smooth, and smart.
  14. Feb 22, 2011
    80
    A shift away from the sampling of his debut, Underneath The Pine keeps things sweet and traditional, leaving you lazily grinning from ear to ear.
  15. Feb 22, 2011
    80
    There isn't the clarity that characterised his lovelorn debut. It's a minor criticism, though, and one that doesn't tarnish an album as equally rich in invention as his first offering.
  16. Feb 18, 2011
    80
    Exactly a year since the release of his dreamy debut Causers Of This, South Carolina's Chaz Bundick is back with a very different and impressively cultured second album. [Mar 2011, p.105]
  17. Apr 4, 2011
    78
    Underneath the Pine is anchored by Bundick's reverbed, strangely ethereal voice-it's just as malleable and expressive as the rest of the electronics in his impressive repertoire.
  18. Jun 6, 2011
    77
    You can get long way into Underneath the Pine without gaining any clear impression of exactly what kind of record it is that you're listening to. But amorphous isn't the worst thing in the world to be.
  19. Feb 23, 2011
    75
    So what subgenre tag is appropriate now? Is this discogaze? Funkwave? Only time will tell.
  20. Feb 23, 2011
    75
    While Underneath The Pine is another killer late-night make-out album, it doesn't do much to help Toro Y Moi stake out its own identity.
  21. Feb 28, 2011
    70
    That Toro Y Moi's new record Underneath the Pine is distinctly a product of his songwriting, without sounding exactly like his 2010 debut, suggests that chillwave may still have some legs to it after all.
  22. Feb 22, 2011
    70
    Chaz Bundick and Toro Y Moi have with Underneath The Pine taken a step back from the Chillwave label, and a very positive step forward.
  23. 70
    The novelty-obsessed stay-at-homes who made Toro Y Moi the buzz hit of 2009 might react unfavourably to all this accessibility, but by digging deep, Underneath The Pine shows Toro Y Moi setting down roots and, perhaps more swiftly than expected, flourishing.
  24. Feb 18, 2011
    70
    The overall effect is like a lighter, more self-conscious, throwaway, altogether 2011 take on David Bowie's Low, a collision of popstar and avant-production that is all the more interesting for not quite knowing where it is.
  25. Mar 17, 2011
    67
    Sweet, ephemeral, with a quick comedown.
  26. Apr 6, 2011
    60
    Chillwave premier goes in search of the funk. [March 2011, p. 95]
  27. Feb 22, 2011
    60
    As Bundick reveals more of his esoteric pop sensibility, comparisons to Beck feel increasingly apt. Whatever wave Bundick is riding, he's likely to be at the front of it.
  28. Feb 18, 2011
    50
    Despite the oversaturated warmth of Beneath the Pine's production, this is a cold record, an archetype of technical mastery and genre-worship prevailing over the artistry of an individual voice. As a result, Bundick often sounds not like one artist, but the amalgamation of a whole movement's worth of ideas and styles, borrowed and rearranged into a faceless, forgettable whole.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 26, 2014
    8
    Dropping synth restructurings for live arrangements allow for Toro Y Moi to grow as an artist immensely on this work, but that exchange could have been avoided with a more impressive mashing of the two. There is something pleasantly - almost welcoming - haunting about moments in Underneath The Pine. The content in the songs have more emotionally depth than in his previous album, but the album also makes the listener wonder whether or not Chaz has the LP structure all figured it out, or still toying with ideas. Full Review »
  2. Mar 23, 2012
    10
    I've heard Causers of This and enjoyed it thoroughly. Catchy vocals, beautiful music and thought provoking atmospheres. But there's something about Underneath the Pine that feels... Classic. Never has an album had me repeating it over and over again. Whenever New Beat come on, I can't help but get into it; bobbing my head in the car, really feeling the music. Chaz Bundick has become one of my favorite musicians of all time. This album is funky, melodic, beautiful, calm, sad.... AMAZING. Full Review »
  3. Nov 4, 2011
    8
    Another great work confirmed by his Live performance..Dreamy and groovy, Bundick has realised an album that raises in beauty each time you listen to it Full Review »