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  • Summary: The fifth full-length solo release for Chaz Bear (he officially changed his name from Chaz Bundick) was created when he had an identity crisis and started listening to music including Daft Punk, Frank Ocean, and Oneohtrix Point Never.
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You and I
In the desert, you came into my mind Mother Nature, you gave me a lifetime I thought twenty-nine was an easy one to get through Just to summarize I... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 83
    It might take you a couple of spins to fully appreciate Boo Boo. At times, it’s very slow-moving, and some of Bear’s experiments don’t land. ... Don’t let the more experimental qualities keep you from listening to the record, though.
  2. Jul 7, 2017
    83
    While these 12 tracks are typically lush, they also reveal him to be a pop singer and songwriter of endearing plainspokenness, capturing the intense introspection and confusion of a breakup.
  3. Aug 4, 2017
    80
    Bundick says the LP was born out of a growing discomfort with fame. If so, he masks it well--listening to its gorgeous, woozy pop is like lying in a Radox bath.
  4. Jul 5, 2017
    70
    All of this means that, in spite of the anguished self-interrogation that went into its making, this still sounds exactly how a Toro y Moi album should sound. However, Boo Boo feels like what we might call a coming-of-age album.
  5. Jul 11, 2017
    69
    The momentum generated by “Mirage” and the equally limber funk workouts that bookend Boo Boo end up compensating for the tedious midsection of neither-here-nor-there experimentation.
  6. 65
    Though melodically not as rich as his previous offerings, Boo Boo is just as considered and stylistically coherent as you would expect from a Toro Y Moi record, which, given that it was born out of an identity crisis, is a continued testament to its creator.
  7. Mojo
    Jul 5, 2017
    60
    Amid all these tribulations, Toro Y Moi still quarries a few gems. [Aug 2017, p.89]

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  1. Jul 8, 2017
    9
    When I saw the title of this album, I expected something completely different.. a crappy rap album was what I expected. Instead, what I gotWhen I saw the title of this album, I expected something completely different.. a crappy rap album was what I expected. Instead, what I got was an interesting electronic hip-hop (R&B is a better term for it) album with long instrumental breaks, lyrics that are self-less (When I expand my vocabulary, I promise to come up with better words to describe lyrics) without becoming self-deprecating and unrelatable. The singer has a voice that sounds childish and young, and it completely contrasts with the surprisingly mature lyrics and interesting "conversations" that it tests the limits of how much every instrument and singer has to blend together. For now, I don't have much to say about this album, but I can say that as of right now, it is in the right place at the right time in my opinion.

    Final Score: 9/10
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