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Cherry Bomb

Tyler, The Creator

Cherry Bomb

Fourth self-produced album from LA hip hop rapper and Odd Future Tyler Okonma

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  1. 8.0 |   NME

    Packed with guests including Kanye, Lil Wayne, and Pharrell, but clocking in at a brief – by his standards, anyway – 55 minutes, ‘Cherry Bomb’ might be the tightest, leanest Tyler album yet
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  2. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Juvenile shock tactics persist, but he’s now channelling his puckish energy into some thrilling experiments and the more time-honoured hip-hop touchstones Tyler brings into the mix
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  3. 7.0 |   Clash

    We don't want him to stop experimenting, but to go back into the lab, where a few well-placed slugs to the machine could produce something truly special
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  4. 7.0 |   The Music

    If most of the rap records on the charts sound devoid of production ideas, it’s probably because Tyler’s stolen most of them
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  5. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Tyler still spends at least half his rhymes reminding us how few fucks he gives, and his bright new sound often comes spiked with petulant noise
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  6. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    He’s doing what he can to keep Odd Future from being placed into a box
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  7. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    Cherry Bomb isn’t exactly a hard left turn from this lane, but it is a quick swerve
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  8. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    He’s one of the few still committed to the Odd Future brand, like the one guy left in town after high school when everyone else has moved on
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  9. 6.0 |   State

    Sometimes it makes for a completely immersive and captivating listen. Other songs, though, are forgettable due to their chaotic harshness and bad mixing
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  10. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Is the rapper’s multilayered fourth album a bid for serious-musician status or a facetious entertainment? It’s a joy to deconstruct, either way
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  11. 6.0 |   Spin

    It’s just Tyler making the album he wants to make, and anyone who doesn’t like it is free to not listen. Fair enough, but he shouldn’t be surprised if fewer fans take him up on it this time
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  12. 6.0 |   Beardfood

    Always offensive and entertaining, Tyler remains an important force in today's hip hop, but he's still too impatient and all over the place
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  13. 6.0 |   The 405

    While Cherry Bomb's low moments hold back the album's highlights, hopefully the high points are a sign of things to come
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  14. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    A noisy, rambunctious, unfettered, explosive affair, a bum-rush of energy, top-of-the-head thinking and musical prowess
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  15. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    He's a talented but conflicted voice, still frustratingly incapable of getting it together
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  16. 6.0 |   The FT

    The deliberately messy mix on the Californian rapper’s new solo album gives it a grimy punk feel
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  17. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Ultimately there’s too much going on, and in what looks to be a vintage year for hip-hop, Cherry Bomb quickly scatters rather than leaving behind any indelible statement
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  18. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Lose yourself in the music and Cherry Bomb reveals a fevered charm. Print edition only

  19. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    He can’t let a song clock a clean three minutes; he has to draw it out with meandering, joyless skits
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  20. 5.0 |   Exclaim

    Tyler's moments of flight on Cherry Bomb are sadly no more frequent than ones in which he's falling
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  21. 4.0 |   NOW

    Cherry Bomb is rarely rewarding, but there are instances where this obnoxious f**k has clearly put some thought into what he's doing
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  22. 2.4 |   Earbuddy

    When Tyler wants to make great music, the results can be staggering. Then there’s the rest of Cherry Bomb, which represents Tyler’s worst work
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