Outer Peace

Toro y Moi - Outer Peace
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2019 Ratings: #546 / 771
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Based on 570 ratings
2019 Ratings: #649
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The Skinny

Chock-full of gluey basslines and gleaming synths, Outer Peace is very much a dance record and it’s pure ecstasy.

Northern Transmissions
While sequencing hurts the record a bit, there’s a tangible brilliance and soul that has us coming back to this record.
The Guardian
Following some middling records, his seventh is his strongest in years: funky, focused and rooted in the present.
God Is in the TV

Outer Peace is a feat of modern pop music that Toro Y Moi should be incredibly happy with. It brings together what could easily be – if crafted by the wrong hands – disparate musical elements, and combines them to make something playful, intriguing and unusually intellectual.

Drowned in Sound

With 2019 fresh upon us, hopefully the splendour of Outer Peace is an eclectic foreshadowing of a thrilling year in music.

Spectrum Culture

Outer Peace doesn’t answer any deep, existential questions and doesn’t claim to do so. But even as the album expresses doubt and confusion, it finds a lot worthwhile in ordinary life, especially the little things that make this moment—the one you’re in right now—infinitely better.

Pretty Much Amazing
His chillwave sensibilities remain, but they’re bolstered by more direct elements from the popular hip-hop and disco funk sounds of today.

Chaz Bear delivers a smartly crafted, comfortably mid-fi album of grooves and melancholy—it’s one of his best albums in years.

Crack Magazine

Outer Peace ultimately strikes a cool balance between playfulness and pensivity, the energy of youth and the calm of adulthood, and introspection that avoids becoming too morose or cynical.


The songs come off like bad imitations of Drake or the Weeknd and that's not something anyone needs in 2019. Subtract the handful of tracks that fall into this category and what's left is a fun, very well-crafted EP of uplifting dance music, the best Bear has made yet.

The Line of Best Fit
Ultimately ... 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.

Outer Peace, depending on the setting, could be categorized as an album of tasteful chill music, playlist filler, or music to soundtrack a sun-drenched rooftop party.

The 405

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.

Nothing here outstays its welcome, despite a run of slower tracks grouped at the record’s core, and besides, Chaz is there to guide the listener through new territories. A transitional work perhaps, but whichever fork in the road he follows next, you feel he’ll continue to adapt.
Slant Magazine
Pulling from sources as disparate as R&B, tropical house, and trap, the California-based singer bends the boundaries of club music, albeit with mixed results.
Loud and Quiet
It is a brisk, enjoyable half-hour romp of a record that tours through modes and styles, albeit with one conspicuous absentee: the very specific trend with which Toro Y Moi will be forever undivorceably associated.
When Bundick’s meticulous production clicks with the pop immediacy, which he’s perhaps lacked in the past, ‘Outer Peace’ shows glimmers of brilliance. 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.
The Needle Drop

Synth funk and alternative R&B aesthetics clash on Toro y Moi's latest album.

Throughout his career, Toro y Moi has never been afraid to diversify. From bedroom-pop, to his more recent attempts at psych and R&B, there’s always a sense of mysticism of what’s next. However, with ‘Outer Peace’, this is an album struggling with itself.
No Ripcord

Outer Peace is a half-hearted attempt coming from an artist who’s testing a series of rough sketches in real time.

This isn't as technically impressive as a lot of his other albums, but he makes up for it with how fun and groovy it is. Almost every song just makes me want to dance. It's not my favorite Toro record, but it's definitely one I play frequently.

Favorite tracks: Fading, Ordinary Pleasure, Laws of the Universe, Baby Drive It Down, Freelance, Who I Am, Monte Carlo,
Least favorite: Miss Me
Funky and pleasant but there's nothing barely interesting here except for production.
Toro y Moi himself, vocal-wise, is so unessential to his own project that it's sad...

The production is at the beginning of the album quite charming, but gains a stale and boring character pretty quickly...

This is nasty, don't lose your time with it.
Very funky album! Outer Peace is not a groundbreaking album by any means but the sounds and production sound fantastic. Similarly to Boo Boo, this album is best in the background while you're at a party or studying.
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Added on: October 22, 2018