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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release from Chaz Bundick features contributions from Julian Lynch and Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson.
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  • Record Label: Carpark Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop
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Lilly
She's the only one he knows The rest of him watching go He's not a television watch You can get him back Wah wah wah wah Every day is like this No... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Apr 13, 2015
    90
    All that is certain is What For? is the best one so far, with Bundick really coming into his own as a songwriter, vocalist, and producer.
  2. 80
    What For? is slightly less varied than previous releases and exist just add to the gestalt of a ‘rock’ album. Thankfully, though, What For? ends on a high point.
  3. Apr 8, 2015
    75
    He's far too savvy to stagnate. And as long as he keeps making records like this one--so palatable they might be guilty pleasures were they not so rooted in pristine indiepop--his music will remain relevant.
  4. Its high points are so charming you're willing to forgive the occasional low one.
  5. Uncut
    Apr 1, 2015
    70
    This fourth album owes obvious debts to classical cerebral dream pop. [May 2015, p.83]
  6. Apr 7, 2015
    67
    Even at its most thrilling, What For? manages to sound somehow too daring and not daring enough.
  7. 50
    It can’t be stressed enough how delightful parts of What For? can be. But something lurks below the surface: The album feels inauthentic and calculated.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 7, 2015
    9
    Chaz Bundick aka "Toro y Moi" returns with a more funky and psychedelic sound. The singles "Empty Nesters" and "Buffalo" announced us theChaz Bundick aka "Toro y Moi" returns with a more funky and psychedelic sound. The singles "Empty Nesters" and "Buffalo" announced us the direction Chaz took with this album. It´s a remarkable listen in general. My favorite tracks in the album are "What You Want", "Buffalo" and "Lilly".

    SCORE: 9/10
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  2. Apr 7, 2015
    8
    Goes in a direction different from "Anything in Return", and adds another chapter to Toro's repertoire, the addition of Ruban Nielson createsGoes in a direction different from "Anything in Return", and adds another chapter to Toro's repertoire, the addition of Ruban Nielson creates a definite enjoyable psychedelic atmosphere. Expand
  3. Apr 7, 2015
    7
    i will say this first, i love ma boi toro, but the fact is, yeap, exactly, sometimes, yeah, it's pretty great but if you really like to havei will say this first, i love ma boi toro, but the fact is, yeap, exactly, sometimes, yeah, it's pretty great but if you really like to have fun listening to music there shouldn't be another one. acid. Expand