Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
Buy On
  1. Jan 22, 2019
    80
    With 2019 fresh upon us, hopefully the splendour of Outer Peace is an eclectic foreshadowing of a thrilling year in music.
  2. Jan 18, 2019
    80
    His seventh is his strongest in years: funky, focused and rooted in the present.
  3. Q Magazine
    Jan 15, 2019
    80
    A typically quirky commentary on contemporary culture's transient nature that's also attuned to the shifting moods of modern club sounds. [Feb 2019, p.116]
  4. Jan 15, 2019
    80
    Chock-full of gluey basslines and gleaming synths, Outer Peace is very much a dance record and it’s pure ecstasy.
  5. 75
    His chillwave sensibilities remain, but they’re bolstered by more direct elements from the popular hip-hop and disco funk sounds of today.
  6. Jan 23, 2019
    74
    A deep, abiding melancholy runs beneath the record’s house-party vibe. Bear’s cool sigh frequently sounds like the aural approximation of bedhead, his vowels tousled, his consonants shying away from the light.
  7. Jan 28, 2019
    70
    The songs here are largely fun and accessible, but contain hidden depths that encourage repeated listens; and that in itself is a testament to Toro Y Moi’s staying power and ability to find new ways of expressing himself.
  8. 70
    Toro Y Moi’s overreliance on autotune can also stand in the way of his lyricism at points which is disappointing. Ultimately though, Chaz Bear’s decision to take himself less seriously is an experiment to be considered broadly successful and sees the release of some of his more inspired and infectious material in years.
  9. Jan 18, 2019
    70
    Subtract the handful of tracks that fall into this category [come off like bad imitations of Drake or the Weeknd] and what's left is a fun, very well-crafted EP of uplifting dance music, the best Bear has made yet. Add them back and the record ends up a very mixed, somewhat disappointing bag that takes Toro y Moi to some exciting new places, but also treads familiar ground.
  10. Uncut
    Jan 15, 2019
    70
    The album is perhaps a little lacking in knockout tracks but instead highlights Bear's clear talent as a producer with a craft for melody and rhythm. [Feb 2019, p.37]
  11. Jan 22, 2019
    65
    Overall, the first half of Outer Peace sparkles, but there is a disappointing limpness to the second part which suggests that the ideas ran out and two EPs of excellent material could have been produced instead of one album’s worth of work.
  12. 60
    The record’s constant dive through history often comes at the cost of consistency and a solid sonic identity, though, for the most part feeling more like a scrapbook of ideas in transition than the work of such an established act.
  13. Jan 15, 2019
    60
    A transitional work perhaps, but whichever fork in the road he follows next, you feel he’ll continue to adapt.
  14. Jan 15, 2019
    60
    The album’s title represents the remarkable possibility of finding freedom from the outside world by letting loose on the dance floor and experiencing liberation in a crowd of strangers. Bear certainly takes the album there at several points, but in the limited scope and cerebral slant of these too-brief songs, he loses that outer peace.
  15. Feb 12, 2019
    50
    Overall, Outer Peace is a half-hearted attempt coming from an artist who’s testing a series of rough sketches in real time.
  16. Jan 16, 2019
    50
    The moments of nu-disco are superb, yet are weighed down by the sometimes-cringey segments of auto-crooning.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Feb 3, 2019
    6
    Synth funk and alternative R&B aesthetics clash on Toro y Moi's latest album.

    FAV TRACKS: FADING, ORDINARY PLEASURE, LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE,
    Synth funk and alternative R&B aesthetics clash on Toro y Moi's latest album.

    FAV TRACKS: FADING, ORDINARY PLEASURE, LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE, FREELANCE, WHO I AM

    LEAST FAV TRACK: MISS ME
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  2. Jan 22, 2019
    9
    Incredible production, a meld of the future and past sounds for Toro Y Moi.
  3. Jan 18, 2019
    9
    The future of Disco funk has peacefully arrived. There is almost no space for Toro Y Moi to improve on his latest release "Outer Peace". ThisThe future of Disco funk has peacefully arrived. There is almost no space for Toro Y Moi to improve on his latest release "Outer Peace". This album gives you abundant urges to move your every limb. In freelance Toro takes us to his outer space, which is actually in the confines of a computer. The highlights of this album are tracks 1&8. Track 8, "Who am I" takes me back to the days of rollerblading in a rink yet emotionally leaves traces of daft punk melodies in my mind. it is sad to say this album came out 18 days late. Maybe Toro's New years resolution will be to drop something as satisfying as this next NYE. Full Review »