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Igor

Tyler, The Creator

Igor

Sixth album from the Los Angeles-based Odd Future rapper featuring guest appearances from Kanye West, Playboi Carti, Pharrell Williams, Lil Uzi Vert, Charlie Wilson, Jessy Wilson, Solange, Santigold and ASAP Rocky

ADM rating[?]

7.9

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
17/05/2019
US Release date
17/05/2019
  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Tyler has never been one for traditional song structure, but on his fifth album he’s like the Minotaur luring you through a maze that twists and turns round seemingly impossible corners
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  2. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The Odd Future leader subverts expectations and finds a new level of artistry in the process
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  3. 9.0 |   All Music

    The productions are as nuanced and judiciously tricked out as they are on the previous album, adjusted to enhance all the agitation and grief, yet it's all ear candy - spiraling synthesizers, vaguely psychedelic flourishes, and bumping drums galore
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  4. 9.0 |   Crack

    On IGOR, Tyler is at his most vulnerable and heartfelt, and it suits him perfectly
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  5. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Igor is a triumph
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  6. 8.0 |   NOW

    In a tight but varied 39 minutes, Tyler is exploring the sonic terrain in Flower Boy with a narrative concept that, like a non-relationship, feels endless and all-encompassing, then hard not to put on repeat
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    He may not be threatening Western civilization anymore, but he is creating something far more interesting
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  8. 8.0 |   Clash

    The trademark visceral beats, scathing lyrics and the general feeling of anger and aggression that peppered his previous albums have been replaced with slower beats and irresistible soul hooks. At first this change in tone, and pace, is jarring and you are waiting for it to kick off, but as the album progresses you get into it and dig this new Tyler
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  9. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Impressionistic and emotionally charged, the result of an auteur refining his style and bearing more of his soul than ever before
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  10. 8.0 |   NME

    The multi-talented LA rapper, musician and producer continues to flourish as a songwriter on his sixth solo project
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  11. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Igor is a heartfelt album that finds Tyler lowering his guard and revealing himself to be a shape-shifting artist who is still growing, and who has fully shed his skin as a vulgar internet cowboy
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  12. 7.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    There's a monster loose on IGOR, one that's surprising and dangerous in comparison to the tryhard darkness of his early career - where he goes from here is anybody's guess
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  13. 7.4 |   Paste Magazine

    IGOR is a commendable, yet flawed album, one that further challenges what we can and should expect from a rap album in 2019
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  14. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    Tyler, the Creator's latest album remains ambiguous and uncertain
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  15. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    This strange smorgasbord of sound is shrewd, smooth and heartfelt – but has Tyler ditched what made him great?
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