Tyler the Creator
Wolf


3.0
good

Review

by Iain Galbraith USER (4 Reviews)
April 17th, 2013 | 14 replies


Release Date: 04/02/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tyler matures... Well a little

Odd future ringleader Tyler, The Creator has become somewhat a victim of hype and overexposure in the last few years. After Yonkers dropped and shocked the web with the violent lyrics and even more attention grabbing video (yes I'm referring to the roach) Tyler's last LP Goblin was awaited with baited breath and ultimately failed to fulfill the potential on display on Yonkers. Now Tyler returns with WOLF and it sounds like he's ready to get serious (for the most part).

First thing to mention is the production on this album is surprisingly fresh and imaginative. The police siren on Pigs, the woman moaning on Jamba are unusual samples that are actually executed stylishly on the LP. WOLF is also littered with elegant piano and keyboard melodies that give the album a cleaner sound to it than either Bastard or Goblin.

Lyrically Tyler is still using shock techniques in some songs but is also impressively open about documenting his inner thoughts and feelings. Whilst Tyler rapping about his absentee father is not new subject matter the way he addresses it in Answer is his best approach at it yet, detailing how despite the hate he feels for his missing dad he still wishes he could at least talk to him one time. The track succeeds in illustrating the anger Tyler feels and, often, documents underneath he still wishes his father was there for him and shows Tyler at his vulnerable best. Elsewhere 48 shows Tyler's ability to form stories that do not necessarily involve his many alter-egos and therefore is a standout track about a remorseful crack dealer who regrets the damage he has done. The album is still littered with contempt for critics, "faggots" and even fans. Colossus (Tyler's version of Stan) chronicles a crazed fan's thoughts of how he and Tyler could become best friends and are perfect for each other.

A common problem among Odd Future releases as always been the feature of fellow members. WOLF is no exception as Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis and Earl Sweatshirt fail to ignite the songs that they feature on. Even Frank Ocean fails to make any lasting impact, this may be due to my personal feeling that he is wasted on his feature and has too much to offer to be simply providing essentially backing vocals.

Ultimately WOLF is about showing off Tyler's improvements in composition and arrangements. Tyler, the Producer; a new alter-ego for the OFWGKTA leader.


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  • apokolypz (4)
    White guys rejoice! Everyone's favorite cat loving awkward doughnut eating strange experim...

    kvltwalter (4)
    The wolf is prowling for your ears on Tyler's latest. Just let him take 'em...

    Aziz STAFF (2.8)
    Wolf offers some great flashes into the maturing mind of Tyler the Creator, but if he's no...

    Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS (2.8)
    Wolf certainly leaves fans wanting and wondering why an entire record of "Yonkers" or "Dom...

  • William Lim (3.5)
    There's never been a more inappropriate time to be shouting “Golf Wang”....

    Seth Barry-Hinton (4.5)
    "Sam, the music sounds good, man. You've been practicing."...

    Joe Denby (4)
    Maturing....

    knottsknocks (3.5)
    WOLF is an original release with classic Odd Future-esque lyrics, but with terrible produc...

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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2013


9067 Comments


Forgot this album exists, just like my 11th grade self predicted.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2013


1724 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yonkers will never be repeated by Tyler again.

demigod!
April 17th 2013


45250 Comments


what Fromdahood said, only 12th grade for me... used to be crazy bout these guys now they just seem wacky and immature

Yonkers is his magnum opus for sure, which is funny cause its only one track and not a full album

Digging: Black Sabbath - Master of Reality

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2013


1724 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

12 yonkers would make one hell of an album.

MalleusMaleficarum
April 17th 2013


14392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yonkers is his magnum opus?? u r ret5rd ! q !

demigod!
April 17th 2013


45250 Comments


yea im one of those retards who finds bastard really boring so flame on

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2013


22047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

12 yonkers would make one hell of an album.

yeah, though I feel it's the kind of track that only works as a one off

Digging: Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2013


1724 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Fish, yonkers is the only song by Tyler that I feel could have been a classic if not mared by other sub-par songs..

Killerhit
April 17th 2013


5343 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

GEEK FAG STUPID LOSER FIND AH ROPE TA HANG
IM NOT BIPOLAR IM JUST KNOWN BY THESE COUPA NAMES

MURDER MURDER M-MURDER

BUM BUM BO BUM BUM BUM BUMDODO DJENT JIONINGIG

BUMRUMRUMRUM BUM RUMRUM

IM HARDLY EVER ANGRY ROGER RABBIT FRAMED ME

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2013


1724 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^LOL

demigod!
April 17th 2013


45250 Comments


kill ppl burn shit etc

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2013


1724 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Themes are not ment to be taken seriously with this album.

Killerhit
April 17th 2013


5343 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Funny as shit dawg

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2013


1724 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not serious at ALL.



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