AOTY 2018
Matthew Dear - Bunny
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #536 / 704
User Score
Based on 36 ratings
2018 Ratings: #508
October 12, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ghostly International / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Skinny

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.

80
PopMatters

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.

75
Pitchfork

Though he recruits Tegan and Sara and a member of Protomartyr here, the producer’s voice emerges as the real star of these darkly funny, magnetic songs.

70
AllMusic

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.

70
musicOMH

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.

70
Clash

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

70
Spectrum Culture

Bunny, Matthew Dear’s first album in six years, picks up largely where the artist left off, mixing Gary Numan-esque darkwave, narcotized disco and, after a fashion, honest-to-god pop.

70
The Line of Best Fit

There’s plenty here that most modern electro artists would die to produce, but it’s a shame that there’s just so much here that falls far short of the work Dear has done in the past.

60
Exclaim!

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.

60
The Guardian
It’s an uneven ride at times, but there is much to enjoy here.
55
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.

50
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.
Z.Younk
66
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.
76
This album for Matthew starts off incredibly slow, painfully slow even. The tracks on the first half of this album just seem so gimmicky, like Matthew is trying just way too hard. That alone is depressing. But when Matthew drops the gimmicks and comes through with much funkier and groovier material this really isn’t that bad of an album. Like, this is a long album. If Matthew trimmed the fat, this would be a genuinely solid album.

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lemuriams
81
this is one of those albums, which if it had a better rating from critics, users would give it higher.

Every song on this album is better than You Put A Smell On Me
TheRootBoy
49
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.
Doofy
NR
Every song on this new Matthew Dear album is interchangeable with any song on the new John Grant album.

Middle hitter, NR
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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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