I always look forward to a new Toro Y Moi record, and this time I got more Toro Y Moi music in one package than any other record previously released as “Anything in Return” is 52 minutes long, but the album does not disappoint for a few reasons. It contains some of the funkiest bass lines to go with Chaz Bundick’s soulful voice and beautifully clever hooks.  I like that this album grooves along lead by a funky bass line all the way through, shimmering keyboards and soulful voice. The songs are “meatier”, and the grooves are partially hypnotic but not to the point of boredom. Each song has a purpose, and it’s to get the listener to turn up the volume and dance. The musicianship on the album is intelligent and careful, but it still reaches for the listener’s sense of wanting a good listenable song, and that is what is delivered. Towards the end, those few last songs are a bit like filler, but the album does end before I want Chaz Bundick to go back to recording his next full length LP. This is a solid Toro Y Moi record at 8.0 out of 10 stars. Buy it here.

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Artist: Toro Y Moi

Album:

Tracks: 1 – Harm In Change 2 – Say That 3 – So Many Details 4 – Rose Quartz 5 – Touch 6 – Cola 7 – Studies 8 – High Living 9 – Grown Up Calls 10 – Cake 11 – Day One 12 – Never Matter 13 – How’s It Wrong

 

[rating:8] 8/10

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Jon Crary is an avid music fan. Jon's roots are the late 70’s punk and the new wave scene, but his influences are early 70’s glam- Roxy Music and David Bowie. His tastes evolved in the 80’s to include his influences’ copiers – Japan, Duran Duran and New Order. He hosted a radio program where Echo and the Bunnymen and the Smiths were staples. Now, their legacy is well documented. Many people think he has great taste in music, and he actually has a good record collection. He is also a semi-musician having played the bass guitar in a French garage rock band. Now, you will see him enjoying the new music of this and the last decade…thanks to Interpol “Turn on the Bright Lights” album for which he will forever be grateful for revitalizing music for the new generation and old.