Tyler The Creator
Goblin


3.0
good

Review

by Alex Getter USER (13 Reviews)
August 15th, 2011 | 40 replies | 5,309 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Goblin is interesting, but doesn't go much farther than that.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

On February 10th, 2011, Tyler The Creator was unleashed to the world. You see, this was the release of the music video for "Yonkers" which is Tyler’s second single (the first being "Sandwitches"). Now of course this isn't the first release by the Los Angeles rapper or his collective "Odd Future" who actually released a few mix-tapes (including Tyler’s own "Bastard" and the group effort "Radicals") since 2009. "Yonkers" was actually the turning point for Tyler commercially (to this day it has garnered over seventeen million views on YouTube) as the music video became known for it's extreme nature (Tyler eats a cockroach, hangs himself, and a few other ridiculous things). The hype that built around Goblin was enormous, and considering the strength of "Yonkers" many people pondered "Will Goblin live up to the hype?" Well, yes, and no.

One of the things Tyler is known for is his explicit content in his lyrics. Noting that from his 2009 release "Bastard" listeners had to endure countless songs about rape, murder and of course his father leaving him. One of the first major drawbacks of Goblin is Tyler tries constantly to dismiss every extreme claim he makes. On the opening title track Tyler announces that "alright you guys caught me/I’m not a ***ing rapist or serial killer/i lied" and on 'Radicals he informs us that "don't do anything you hear in this song/it's ***ing fiction alright?" but are all of these "random disclaimers" really all that necessary? And the answer is no, I mean who was really taking Tyler that seriously in the first place? One of the things that made Bastard so enjoyable was the fact that Tyler didn't take so much time to try and be cautious about what he said. Which is sad because all of these explanations really kill the rebellious nature of Goblin.

Aside from the disclaimers Tyler is actually brutally honest on most of the tracks on Goblin if you exempt all the rape and murder that takes place, which proves to be Tyler’s biggest strength and weakness. While some of his attempts at honesty are interesting (mostly his battle with his dad leaving him) it actually shows most of his flaws lyrically. Goblin stands at 73 minutes, which is way too long considering the content that Tyler likes to address over the present 15 tracks (18 if you have the deluxe edition). Tyler likes to address blog post about Odd Future, people that are offended by him and basically a bunch of things that no one really cares about except for Tyler himself. Tyler likes to put on this "I don't give a ***" persona but all of these statements seem to actually prove the exact opposite. So what's the point in addressing all of these things in the first place?

Even Tyler doesn't really seem to know. Most songs on Goblin prove to have almost no direction whatsoever. Take a track like "Radicals" which is one of the most angry and hard hitting songs on Goblin, is stretched way too long at seven minutes and eighteen seconds and is killed by an obnoxious beat. Speaking of beats, Goblin is lacking severely beat-wise. Most songs sound like they were first attempts at making beats. The percussion on most tracks is mostly clumsy ("Sandwitches") and the pitch changer on most tracks (think "Transylvania") is extremely obnoxious. Posse track "Window" is an interesting idea until you realize that most of the Odd Future members lack lyrically in comparison to Tyler (except for Frank Ocean, who delivers a decent verse) and suffer from clumsy flows.

Not to say that Goblin doesn't have any strong points. Frank Oceans singing contributions to "She" are a nice touch. "Yonkers" is Tyler at his most insane, and it's almost believable. "Nightmare" which is Goblins' strongest track contains a sort of spacey feel in the beat and has some of Tyler’s best attempts at being confessional. The biggest piece missing here on Goblin is another back and forth between Tyler and Earl Sweatshirt (which was the biggest asset to both "Bastard" and Earls self-titled release), but we all know this wasn't possible which is a huge disappointment. Ultimately Goblin is a few strong tracks muddled down by mostly filler material, which is a disappointment because Goblin is actually an interesting album, but it's not much more than that.

Recommended Tracks:
Yonkers
She
Nightmare
Tron Cat
Fish



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Comments:Add a Comment 
gotsthedewsdood
August 15th 2011



585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

doesn't compare to the other reviews,
but it's an attempt.

taxidermist
August 15th 2011



7175 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Some parts of the review read kind of like a rant. Then again there isn't much new stuff to say since there is already a load of reviews for this. Either way it's a good try since you're just getting the hang of the whole reviewing thing. Pos bro. Keep at it.

Also, add Golden to the recommended tracks. Track is so beast.

gotsthedewsdood
August 15th 2011



585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks man, it does come off a little like a rant but I loved Bastard so much i was too disappointed not to haha.

AtavanHalen
August 15th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Actually prefer this to Bastard.

HenchmanOfSanta
August 15th 2011



1656 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Decent review. I agree entirely.

IAmKickass
August 15th 2011



840 Comments


I try, and I try, and I try to listen to this. Can't seem to get past the first 3 tracks.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2011



8957 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Transylvania has the best beat on the album

Digging: Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt

lucasjcockcroft
August 15th 2011



3669 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^same i have to listen each song individually, but i cant sit and listen to the whole album.

iFghtffyrdmns
August 15th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Actually prefer this to Bastard. [2]

Fort23
August 15th 2011



2469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"One of the things that made Bastard so enjoyable was the fact that Tyler didn't take so much time to try and be cautious about what he said. Which is sad because all of these explanations really kill the rebellious nature of Goblin."

actually agree with that, to a point.

"most of the Odd Future members lack lyrically in comparison to Tyler (except for Frank Ocean, who delivers a decent verse) and suffer from clumsy flows. "

that is retarded.

iFghtffyrdmns
August 15th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i do tend to like tyler's lyrics more than those of OF's other members though

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2011



8957 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Hodgy Beats and Mike G both have flow that compares to Tyler's imo
Actually prefer this to Bastard. [3]

Fort23
August 15th 2011



2469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mike g and hodgy's flow excels tyler's. see "65" and "Forrest Green"

Kris.
August 15th 2011



11373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol hodgy cant rap for shit are you serious

iFghtffyrdmns
August 15th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

48 to go hood

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2011



8957 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I know man, it's going to be tough. 4 hour soccer practice is really eating into my sputnik time

iFghtffyrdmns
August 15th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

4 hour practice is really eating into my "dreadful shit that other people have to do that for whatever reason concerns me while I sit on my couch" time.
shit son.

nodding
August 15th 2011



76 Comments


How can someone be so dumb to say that Hodgy, who has thousands of fans, can't rap?


u just blew away the h8ers w/ that argument

iFghtffyrdmns
August 15th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hahahaha nodding

HenchmanOfSanta
August 15th 2011



1656 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I feel bad for the people who don't realize, or haven't yet realized, this album's merit. This is 2011's Illmatic.
This is an opinion so wrong it caved my head in.



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