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Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Jun 6, 2023
    90
    Their new album Bunny marks a clear step forward in production value and tightened songcraft.
  2. May 31, 2023
    86
    Bunny's performances are pristine: the record navigates its hooks, sonic sways and immaculate v..v..vibes with palpable ease.
  3. Jun 13, 2023
    80
    Though there’s nothing here that’s particularly original or knock-you-flat outstanding, it’s all handled impeccably, recorded vividly, and sequenced smartly to make the album’s 38 minutes fly by.
  4. Jun 2, 2023
    80
    ‘Bunny’ is an album that rewards listening with a sense of naivety. Basking in its summery sheen is more than enough to draw pleasure from. But if you allow yourself the time to uncover all of its layers of depth, that glow only becomes brighter.
  5. Uncut
    May 31, 2023
    80
    Every moment shimmers with atmosphere, as the rippling melodies and contoured choruses enclose Payseur's knotty ruminations in sun-dappled serenity. [Jul 2023, p.23]
  6. May 31, 2023
    80
    The moderate pacing and more personally derived songwriting make the album one that demands closer attention to fully understand and enjoy, but it rewards that attention with some of the band's most nuanced and subtly detailed pop constructions to date, ultimately revealing new depths both musical and emotive.
  7. Jun 2, 2023
    76
    Bunny is not as uptempo and optimistic as the punk-adjacent guitar pop that put them on the map; instead it basks in its afterglow, as if spending the morning in bed after a long night out.
  8. Jun 5, 2023
    70
    If Bunny has a fault, it is in the way it is so poised and delicately produced that it sometimes sounds like it should be behind glass. Ultimately, though, it succeeds at the none-too-easy task of providing plenty of familiar pleasures in the present while making one curious about where Payseur might take Beach Fossils in the future.
  9. Jun 2, 2023
    70
    Bunny deserves credit, like each Beach Fossils album, for challenging an aspect of Payseur’s process, even if it was less effective this time around.
  10. Mojo
    May 31, 2023
    60
    Payseur's vocals might still sound diaphanous, his lyrics still concerned with small moments of sadness and pleasure, but there is now a structured professionalism here that will delight and confound others. [Jul 2023, p.82]
  11. Jun 14, 2023
    51
    This collection of radiant jangle pop songs, burdened by nostalgic love and depressive yearning for something real, ultimately loses its luster. Everything else blends into one garbled, hazy murmur that ensues without much variance.
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  1. Jun 20, 2023
    8
    A nice and mellow surprise. It was very easy for me to enjoy this and, in a way, there is something fresh about this indie/dream rock that itA nice and mellow surprise. It was very easy for me to enjoy this and, in a way, there is something fresh about this indie/dream rock that it doesn't precisely sound flat, only just a little too smooth at the end, but other than that, there is a completely friendly and comfortable project right here. Fresh and careful enough to be very exciting song by song. Full Review »