Matthew Dear - Bunny
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #511 / 598
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Based on 21 ratings
October 12, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ghostly International / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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In all, Bunny is as varied, strange and untethered as you might expect. There are moments of singular genius that can only come from a committed tinkerer like Dear, but also forgettable experiments that sometimes get lost in the whirlpool of creativity that this album stirs up.


Matthew Dear has written an album in Bunny that wholly reflects the person he is now. Throughout, there is a palpable sense that having a family has changed him but certainly not at the expense of the music. Rather, the changes in his life have brought everything into sharper focus, reflected in the depth and breadth of the music on his best album yet.


Bunny seems more like an album to mentally pick apart than dance to, yet it's not hard to lose one's self in the rush of Dear's inventive rhythms.


Bunny is a worthwhile return for Matthew Dear, showcasing the production chops that have made him a familiar name for 15 years now. It sags in places, but this isn’t such a crime when the album also contains highlights like Electricity, Horses, Modafinil Blues and Bunny’s Dream, which are highly recommended for any electronic music fan.


'Bunny' in its entirety is quintessentially disparate, a fleeting repertoire of the avant, and a keeper of both the nostalgic and the progressive.


Suffice to say, this album that has its ups and downs, but it's mostly middles. While Bunny is fairly consistent across the board, there isn't much that sticks out here.

The Guardian
It’s an uneven ride at times, but there is much to enjoy here.
The 405

Dear’s detachment, both in words and in delivery, was previously an asset ... The Matthew Dear of Bunny is more or less Matthew Dear of before, but he’s nowhere near as interesting.

Loud and Quiet
‘Bunny’ goes just about everywhere in its hour-long runtime, from ’80s Bowie camp to shimmering alt-pop, to ’90s guitar rave. He’s been tinkering with club music and alt-rock his whole career, but this is by far his most bubbly outing. Despite that, his oddball baritone stays intact, which sadly makes for a mixed bag of experiments.
Oct 14, 2018
The production is not the worst I've heard this year, in fact, it's some of the most creatively driven I've heard so far this year, but it is by far the most interesting. The project as a whole attempts to be introspective however. It's choppy, bleak, and amateur-ish in how it struck. The previous efforts of Matthew Dear were far more engaging.
Oct 14, 2018
Every song on this new Matthew Dear album is interchangeable with any song on the new John Grant album.

Middle hitter, NR
Oct 14, 2018
Its good production for sure, just a step in the wrong direction thematically, its not where anyone wanted to hear his sound go right now.
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Track List

  1. Bunny's Dream
  2. Calling
  3. Can You Rush Them
  4. Echo
  5. Modafinil Blues
  6. What You Don't Know
  7. Horses (feat. Tegan and Sara)
  8. Moving Man
  9. Bunny's Interlude
  10. Duke of Dens
  11. Electricity
  12. Kiss Me Forever
  13. Bad Ones (feat. Tegan and Sara)
  14. Before I Go
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Added on: August 8, 2018