12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the outset of his fame—or, in his earliest years as an artist, infamy—Tyler, The Creator made no secret of his idolization of Pharrell, citing the work the singer-rapper-producer did as a member of N.E.R.D as one of his biggest musical influences. The impression Skateboard P left on Tyler was palpable from the very beginning, but nowhere is it more prevalent than on his fifth official solo album, IGOR. Within it, Tyler is almost completely untethered from the rabble-rousing (and preternaturally gifted) MC he broke out as, instead pushing his singing voice further than ever to sound off on love as a life-altering experience over some synth-heavy backdrops.

The revelations here are mostly literal. “I think I’m falling in love/This time I think it's for real,” goes the chorus of the pop-funk ditty “I THINK,” while Tyler can be found trying to "make you love me” on the R&B-tinged “RUNNING OUT OF TIME.” The sludgy “NEW MAGIC WAND” has him begging, “Please don’t leave me now,” and the album’s final song asks, “ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?” but it’s hardly a completely mopey affair. “IGOR'S THEME,” the aforementioned “I THINK,” and “WHAT'S GOOD” are some of Tyler’s most danceable songs to date, featuring elements of jazz, funk, and even gospel. IGOR's guests include Playboi Carti, Charlie Wilson, and Kanye West, whose voices are all distorted ever so slightly to help them fit into Tyler's ever-experimental, N.E.R.D-honoring vision of love.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the outset of his fame—or, in his earliest years as an artist, infamy—Tyler, The Creator made no secret of his idolization of Pharrell, citing the work the singer-rapper-producer did as a member of N.E.R.D as one of his biggest musical influences. The impression Skateboard P left on Tyler was palpable from the very beginning, but nowhere is it more prevalent than on his fifth official solo album, IGOR. Within it, Tyler is almost completely untethered from the rabble-rousing (and preternaturally gifted) MC he broke out as, instead pushing his singing voice further than ever to sound off on love as a life-altering experience over some synth-heavy backdrops.

The revelations here are mostly literal. “I think I’m falling in love/This time I think it's for real,” goes the chorus of the pop-funk ditty “I THINK,” while Tyler can be found trying to "make you love me” on the R&B-tinged “RUNNING OUT OF TIME.” The sludgy “NEW MAGIC WAND” has him begging, “Please don’t leave me now,” and the album’s final song asks, “ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?” but it’s hardly a completely mopey affair. “IGOR'S THEME,” the aforementioned “I THINK,” and “WHAT'S GOOD” are some of Tyler’s most danceable songs to date, featuring elements of jazz, funk, and even gospel. IGOR's guests include Playboi Carti, Charlie Wilson, and Kanye West, whose voices are all distorted ever so slightly to help them fit into Tyler's ever-experimental, N.E.R.D-honoring vision of love.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
990 Ratings

990 Ratings

Aaron Rovnak ,

Actual Igor Review

Igor is an experimental, heavy synth, artistic, and alt hip hop album. You will not experience everything this album has to offer in one listen. It may take weeks to fully understand the layers it has. Tyler has wonderfully intertwined a very interesting story of love and emotions with very little lyrical content. Flower boy is Tyler opening himself up to the world while Igor is the story of the emotions he kept locked away for so long during his angsty teenage years of Goblin and Bastard. Every song is without argue beautifully produced and the layers of synths he uses are insane. The only true way to listen to this is from front to back with no distractions. You cannot go in to this album expecting rap or any genre. You need to go in to it expecting a musical journey and that is all. Do not let social media sway your opinion from if it’s good or bad. If you dislike it then that’s your opinion and nothings wrong with that but for many this album is a very very solid project.

Merp...... ,

Ayo

Ayo

JGtheMadBastard ,

Y’all tripping. It’s 3+ stars. No Questions

Whoever gave this a 1 star need to go jump through a plane of glass simple as that

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