Tyler, the Creator // Flower Boy

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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Tyler, the Creator // Flower Boy by Aaron Mook

Tyler, the Creator

Flower Boy

Odd Future Records 

4.75/5 stars

There are plenty of things one could expect from a Tyler, the Creator album that I would not hold against them. While each new album from the divisive California MC has improved upon the last, Tyler’s maturity (and use of slurs) often made his unique, self-produced experiments a tough pill to swallow. What no one expected from him was a gorgeous, neo-soul influenced album that embraces storytelling and colorful metaphors to discuss topics spanning love, loneliness, and sexuality - but that’s exactly what he’s given us on his fifth LP, Flower Boy. In his most restrained release yet, the tension is palpable, with Tyler really only letting loose a few times (“911 / Mr. Lonely,” “November”). The culmination of this is of course “Garden Shed,” a beautiful ambient track marked by chorus-laden guitars that find Tyler waiting for the song’s final minute dive into one of the most important verses he’s ever delivered. It’s a moment that’s representative of Flower Boy as a whole, a creative and personal peak that finds Tyler finally outshining his collaborators and the controversies that once defined him. 

— Aaron Mook

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