Tyler the Creator
Wolf


4.0
excellent

Review

by Joe Denby USER (17 Reviews)
March 30th, 2013 | 46 replies


Release Date: 04/02/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maturing.

The artist in question has always been an enigma. Where Tyler, The Creator, a hubristic personification of rape jokes, drug abuse and ultra-violence ends and where Tyler Okonma, a twenty one year old with a flawed upbringing and the insecurities that involves, begins is a frequently blurred line. Where Wolf most prevalently differs from predecessor, Goblin, is in the ratio of these two personas. Tyler frequently exposes a more raw, vulnerable edge to his personality on this album, opens wounds which haven't been seen since Bastard, and the result is a far more personable, composed work, slowly stripping itself of the infamous gimmicks in favour of sincerity.

This isn't to say, however, that the “kill people, burn ***, *** school”, affable exuberance of old is entirely absent. Tyler is still quintessentially, well, Tyler on tracks like “Domo 23” and “Trashwang”, berzerk, furious beats underlay that trademark, zany delivery of tales of the crew and their various underhanded wishes and exploits. Fans of old will appreciate the retained identity, and there's still something unmistakeably charming about the nonsensical affair, but, surrounded by so many personal, honest tracks, one is forced to wonder what made them necessary in the first place.

True stylistic progression, however, can be seen in the sincerer, more internally inquisitive tracks. “Answer” sees Tyler once again hypothetically confront his father over the top of a contrasting, meandering scale. Tyler's persona shifts with the flick of a switch, and the juxtaposing, calm delivery belies the uncomfortable, deep seated issues one finds by scratching the surface. “Ifhy”, a disjointed piece regarding an anonymous love interest, parodies and twists the typical romantic serenade. This is the man himself talking to you, not AceTronCatGolfWangWolfKillAPoodle, and the resulting honest and unsettling delivery strikes a far deeper chord because of it.

”I ***ing hate you, but I love you,
I'm bad at keeping my emotions bubbled,
You're good at being perfect”.


But then, seemingly out of nowhere, we see something as incredibly executed as “Colossus”. Odd Future as a whole have always been an intensely self aware group in their actions, but Tyler has never particularly, as an individual, validated his new found fame and success. “Colossus” changes all of this however, as it launches an intensely direct, sprawling rant against his following and how life's changes affect him on the other side of the looking glass, accompanied only by sparse synths and piano chords. Tyler needs you to focus on the lyrics here, because he is addressing you, the audience, as a collective.

What Wolf really is, then, is a gradual transition. Tyler is still, very much, a young man, who's life has undergone seismic shifts as a result of his own successes, and his attention is subsequently pulled in all directions. In abandoning his borderline schizophrenic lyricisms and the antics of his entourage, would he be abandoning his identity, what made him recognisable and popular to begin with? How does one address festering insecurities, brag about fame and stay true to what you once were simultaneously? Well advised or not, Tyler takes everything on at once here and does, for the most part, a remarkably good job of it.



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    Aziz STAFF (2.8)
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    Iain Galbraith (3)
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    William Lim (3.5)
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    Seth Barry-Hinton (4.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
DirEnRefused
March 30th 2013


2241 Comments


Been listening to this for a couple of days, and really found the thematic elements of the album intriguing.

Stream here: http://oddfuture.tumblr.com/

StallionMang
March 30th 2013


6144 Comments


Nice review, pos'd. I find that I definitely enjoy Tyler a lot more when he's being honest, not saying stuff like, "Imma kill Bruno Mars, but I'm just kidding". He really does resonate a lot more when he just speaks his mind, instead of trying to be overly provocative on purpose.

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bbdmittenz
March 30th 2013


220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Focused review, pos'd.

xamnesiacx
March 30th 2013


7 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

what a shitty record,im really dissapointed

bbdmittenz
March 30th 2013


220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Focused review, pos'd.

BigPleb
March 30th 2013


37888 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos'd hard.

A lot more detailed than the other review.

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ViralOblivion
March 30th 2013


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, I really like this album I don't like the 3 song combination all that much bimmer is awesome but the other two
are meh

ViralOblivion
March 30th 2013


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Double post

Rev
March 30th 2013


9441 Comments


Good review, I heard this is garbage though

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
March 30th 2013


13452 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really good review hit the nail on the head i was thrown off by how well he balances all this shit

demigod!
March 30th 2013


45254 Comments


man if i was still 17 i'd be so damn hyped about this

probably gonna check it out anyways

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BigPleb
March 30th 2013


37888 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Check Answer, best track on here.

bbdmittenz
March 30th 2013


220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Answer and Rusty are phenomenal. He's got the Slim Shady flow on lock for most of the album.

bbdmittenz
March 30th 2013


220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Answer and Rusty are phenomenal. He's got the Slim Shady flow on lock for most of the album.

FearThyEvil
March 30th 2013


12759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really enjoy the first half over the second.

East Hastings
March 30th 2013


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yall need to talk about the sam/wolf/salem theme some more

East Hastings
March 30th 2013


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0



YoYoMancuso
March 30th 2013


11222 Comments


nice review man!

FearThyEvil
March 30th 2013


12759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, Answer is a great track.

brunch
March 30th 2013


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice job on this review



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