Toro Y Moi
Outer Peace


3.0
good

Review

by Spudjam USER (5 Reviews)
January 28th, 2019 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Inconsistently zen

External factors are beyond our control, a fact that I’m sure everyone has struggled to accept at some point in their lives. Recently, I met some rather bizarre American dude at a transvestite prostitute bar in Cambodia who had retired from the music industry since being in it from the 90’s. He had a lot to say – claiming to have worked for Death Row records with 2Pac sometimes sleeping at his place was a definite highlight – but, there was one thing that stuck with me: “You think you have it all planned out and damn, life throws a dog at you”. A lesson he had learned upon hitting a dog with his car, going on to dump it in a wheelchair at a people’s hospital before anyone saw. As questionable as this man’s behaviour was, he is right – no matter how in control of things you are internally, the outside wold will relentlessly try to have its say. It’s this troubling concept that chillwave OG, Toro y Moi, has explored on his new aptly-titled album, Outer Peace. But rather than moan and groan, Toro has taken the dogs in his life out for a leisurely stroll through pastures of euphoric synths, swirled in with dance music trickery and playful vocals.

For Toro, his frustrations stem far and wide. Some being fairly tame, like on “Monte Carlo” – a relatable tirade aimed at the stressful discomforts of public transport – and “Ordinary Pleasure”, where Toro aims his funky arsenal at our over-sexualised society. The clash of his softly cynical singing and the vibrant and rubbery instrumentation ensure top levels of infectiousness. At other points though, his issues take on a more serious and personal tone - although Toro makes this very hard to discern through the gloss. Like on opener “Fading”, which takes on Toro’s decaying satisfaction of, well, just about everything apparently. It all sounds a bit rough for the guy, but the thudding beat and luscious synth textures do sound rather jolly. The same goes for “Who I Am” which delves into Toro’s identity crisis dealt to him by the hands of fame. However, the bubbly techno beat and chipmunked vocals (similar to the boys in Brockhampton) sound more like a kids birthday party where Daft Punk are DJing; not quite the a soundtrack to a personal meltdown.

When it comes to all things music, Outer Peace really benefits from Toro’s current infatuation with dance music. Check “Freelance”, which starts up with disco guitars, a stamping beat and bursts of stuttered vocal edits that sound like a robot chucking up. The most sublime piece of nightclub worship comes on “Laws of the Universe” though, which at points seamlessly slides into a choppy but sweet Detroit house beat slapped up with rattling toms. For those kept up at night by awkward transitions, they will not trouble you here.

The huge downside with Outer Peace is that for all the sonic tinkering, new influences and fun lyrics, there are some tracks that really lack in either one or all of these departments. The skeletal production and lacking lyrics of “Miss Me” fail to deliver the atmosphere they promise. “Baby Drive it Down” is awful. The almost reggaeton beat ensures the combo of painful lyrics and misjudged autotune are more irritating than they intended to be. However, this track isn’t the only victim of abused vocal tweaks; “Monte Carlo” shares a similar fate as Toro drops adlibbed verses that feel like Migos if they went hipster. But, after repeated listens this comparison does become quite entertaining for me, especially when Toro spits: “That’s not push-to-start, that’s just turn and go”.

The mistakes Outer Peace make is enough to drag it down, considering it clocks in at only 30 minutes. A real shame, as the highlights on here are incredibly fun and quirky and contain some of the most original ideas Toro has had in a while. “Maybe I’m just old” laments Toro on “Ordinary Pleasure”. Sure the guy is only 31, but maybe the jagged inconsistency of Outer Peace could be indicative of early senility"


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Spudjam
January 28th 2019


18 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey hey



All criticism, nitpicks and gross insults appreciated

bloc
January 28th 2019


57069 Comments


Thought this album sucked

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
January 28th 2019


16506 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I love this review man. Really good read. Heavy pos.



I'm definitely not touching this album though.

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Spudjam
January 29th 2019


18 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cheers dude, really appreciate it!

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 29th 2019


31954 Comments


"External factors are beyond our control. A fact that I’m sure everyone has struggled to accept at some point in their lives."
Join those sentences with a comma, second sentence is a fragment if left as-is. There's a few other fragments in the review but I'm sure you can find them.
Also, another protip: as you may or may not know, the site's code is buggy and currently it replaces ? with ". It's annoying, but to work around it, you can keep a full-width question mark (?) saved in a notepad or something for reference. It's the closest character I could find and even though it leaves more space than I'd like around it, it's the least noticeable substitute.
Anyway, about your review, I loved the content. It was a very engaging read and for that you earned a pos.

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Spudjam
January 29th 2019


18 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Loving the feedback big time

ty ty ty ty x x x x





granitenotebook
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2019


943 Comments


good album, great review. i liked toro does trap a little more than you but i agree with the general complaints and praise. "new house" is my favorite. also in the first paragraph i think you mean "outside world"

Spudjam
January 30th 2019


18 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A couple more proofreads woudn't of hurt it seems haha



Yeah New House is fun, the autotune is a bit offensive though

Spudjam
January 30th 2019


18 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A couple more proofreads woudn't of hurt it seems haha



Yeah New House is fun, the autotune is a bit offensive though

Spudjam
January 30th 2019


18 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A couple more proofreads woudn't of hurt it seems haha



Yeah New House is fun, the autotune is a bit offensive though

Wayfarer1991
January 30th 2019


46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

More or less agree with you on this one. "Miss Me" is the worst cut on here and really throws the momentum for a loop. I don't mind "Baby Drive it Down" at all, actually, which is interesting.



Looking to a future where Toro brings back the A-game.

Wayfarer1991
January 30th 2019


46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

On repeated listens, I actually think this album is quite good. I don't know if it pops out in the context of the discography, but I think basically every track except the aforementioned Miss Me is good to very good. Perhaps it's merely the brevity of this thing which is keeping me from feeling like this a full-bodied Toro release. It doesn't have the same scope as something like Anything in Return even though, track for track, a lot of the motifs are executed just as well.

JeetJeet
February 8th 2019


6907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is such a good album

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Darkfloyd1
February 13th 2019


15 Comments


Open your review in Word. Hit Ctrl+F and search for "Toro" then replace with "Chaz." You know, since that's his name and all. Album was good but I prefer Boo Boo and Anything in Return.

brandontaylor
February 13th 2019


839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this has some cool vibes on it, definitely preferred it to his last album. opener is one of my fave toro y moi songs

sman789
February 27th 2019


41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's dope.

sportsboy
March 11th 2019


694 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this shit is fucking heat

JeetJeet
March 11th 2019


6907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you don't feel the urge to shimmy ya shoulders while listening to Laws of The Universe....mannnn what a fuckin tune.



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