AOTY 2020

Boo Boo

Toro y Moi - Boo Boo
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2017 Ratings: #540 / 876
User Score
Based on 193 ratings
2017 Ratings: #302
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A.V. Club
Bear has always emphasized production, and while these 12 tracks are typically lush, they also reveal him to be a pop singer and songwriter of endearing plainspokenness, capturing the intense introspection and confusion of a breakup.
Pretty Much Amazing

In Bear’s fifth studio album as Toro y Moi, Boo Boo, we learn more about him as a human being. The record is his most personal to date, and a significant departure from 2015’s guitar-based What For?

Loud and Quiet
The album boasts some of Bundick’s strongest melodies to date, with shades of Prince and Talking Heads – ‘Labyrinth’ could be the glum cousin of ‘This Must Be The Place’ – amongst his trademark hazy atmospheric pop.
The Skinny

With Boo Boo, even retreading old ground is somehow an exercise in innovation.

The 405

At its peak, Boo Boo is Toro Y Moi’s most luxurious, if not remarkably lush effort since 2011’s Underneath the Pine.


Boo Boo doesn’t reflect its noted influences entirely (Bundick cites Travis Scott and Frank Ocean), but gently whispers to a reverence of them, and when it works, it really works.

Bundick’s synth-driven songs always carried a downbeat, introspective quality filled with wistful recollections of a personal history that had slipped just out of reach, but, in a very deliberate way, the ideas on ‘Boo Boo’ are given greater much greater room in which to breathe and grow.

Citing influences as disparate as Travis Scott, Daft Punk, and Oneohtrix Point Never, Boo Boo is pulled in many different directions. Bear’s style is eclectic by nature, however, and he manages to seamlessly assemble his influences and the thematic content within a frame of synthpop and smooth, often funky R&B.


Save the Underneath the Pine album cover, Toro Y Moi has never given us anything as juicy as the backstory of Boo Boo; and yet, it’s a record where Bear’s sonic inspiration can feel dry.

The Line of Best Fit

Though melodically not as rich as his previous offerings, Boo Boo is just as considered and stylistically coherent as you would expect from a Toro Y Moi record, which, given that it was born out of an identity crisis, is a continued testament to its creator.


Despite the flares of inventive arranging and limber songwriting that flash from time to time, Boo Boo is the first Toro y Moi album that doesn't work overall, the first to feel like product instead of artistic expression.

Northern Transmissions
Moving from groovy psychedelic-funk to spacey, synth-pop he definitely changes things up and keeps looking forward on this new record. Between some slow-burning songs and extremely poppy singles however, it may leave people wondering whether he’s going too far or going too mainstream.
Drowned in Sound

Boo Boo is fascinating as an exercise for Bear, and proves that Toro Y Moi has yet another viable direction to take their music in.

tbh in retrospect how was this not unanimously considered one of the clear stand outs of 2017 this shit is Bloody Wickeddd™™ !
This sounds exactly how sand between your toes feels.
On Boo Boo, Chaz delivers some heartbreakingly hypnotic pop tunes, with a very dreamy atmosphere. The seamless and airy transitions between tracks provide for a cohesive listen that feels like a soft psychedelic comfort blanket. Mona Lisa and Labyrinth are pure bliss! There is also fair share of synth-funk scattered throughout the run time as well, such as the fantastic opener Mirage and the beautiful Girl Like You. In my opinion, Boo Boo is an underrated gem of an album and a lighting in a ... read more
80s synth funk and chillwave that actually doesn't feel over zealous or redundant. Toro y moi latest album "Boo Boo" serves a pleasantly warm listen. The first half of the album does start strong but starts to mellow out and starts to get drab.Despite the flaw, this is still a solid summer album to listen too.
Don't Try is a really underrated track on this splendid, beautiful, dreamy project
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Track List

  1. Mirage
  2. No Show
  3. Mona Lisa
  4. Pavement
  5. Don't Try
  6. Windows
  7. Embarcadero
  8. Girl Like You
  9. You and I
  10. Labyrinth
  11. Inside My Head
  12. W.I.W.W.T.W.
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Added on: June 9, 2017