Goblin - Tyler, The Creator
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  • Summary: XL Recordings signed the founding member of the hip-hop group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All for a one-album deal to release his second solo effort.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. 91
    Too bad Kanye--who's also a fan--already used the title last fall, because Goblin is one Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
  2. May 12, 2011
    80
    Tyler, the Creator still achieves an engrossing dystopian vision of Hip Hop that refuses to compromise to what fans and industry critics demand of him.
  3. Sep 20, 2011
    80
    This album then delivers anger, honesty and arrogance, all in sporadic scatter-gun fashion: the overriding feeling is confused, uncertain, often unreasonable, but ultimately well intentioned.
  4. May 10, 2011
    70
    If Tyler's lyrics are early-Eminem evil, his offhandedly lush, left-field R&B-tinged tracks are like strips of light sneaking through the cracks of a lunatic's drawn blinds.
  5. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    At first listen, you'll think this album is a disappointment and didn't live up to the hype. And maybe it didn't, but this isn't Bastard--it's an album with a much deeper theme and message, with just enough blood-thirsty lines and misogyny to hold the kids over.
  6. Aug 17, 2011
    60
    It's a shame that the the young skate rat seems to be so caught up in his own hype, as beneath the bluster and amped-up angst, there is something interesting going on. [Jul 2011, p.54]
  7. May 10, 2011
    30
    Goblin is the messy schizoid splatter painting of the child we've raised and ruined, and it's coherent only as a hopeless plea for us to expect nothing from him again.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Oct 29, 2011
    10
    A creation of pure genius. If you listen to the lyrics and the message Tyler sends, it is not for the weak, but it is a strong message opposing government, injustice, and the common word. Expand
  2. Oct 29, 2011
    10
    This album is a masterpiece. As another kid from LA that grew up poor i can relate to OFWGKTA. If you are some rich ass republican from Connecticut then you will obviously not understand this music because most of the topics are discussed at your dispense. Their music is stellar and many ignorant listeners will probably not pick up on all of the subtle messages. If you like hip hop then you should like this album because it really could not have been more perfect. Expand
  3. Jul 22, 2011
    9
    One of the best album of the year. Underground hip hop music is always the best hip hop and Tyler proves that. This album is on of the best hip hop album in a while and one of the best abums of the year. EVery track on the album is something special. Other people may argue that there is too much profanity in this album and other may get offending by this album . This album isn't for people that is uptight if you not up tight then you could give this album a shot . If you are very religion pleas don't listen to this album because he take a lot of shot at god. Tyler the creator is a very good producer one of the best producer and director. The song Yonker is a very brilliant song and video. Most of the songs on the album is Hardcore Rap and Alternative Hip Hop. If you love hip hop music then i don't see o you cant love this album. I love the style of this album. Some of the songs seem like a movie. The songs tell stories. This is a album to get. I think hip hop fans and also fans of good music should give this artist a chance , maybe you will love it. I heard one song and i started to love this artist. OFWGKTA has a bright future ahead of them. Expand
  4. NJR
    May 11, 2011
    8
    Let me put it straight at you, if you don't like edgy themes, violence and general explicitness then don't even bother. Musically this album is very good, not amazing like a lot of Odd Future d*ck riders will tell you but good. A lot of reviewers are giving the album a poor score purely because of the subject matter and content which in my opinion is un-proffesional. Please tell me when the hell good music or good anything for that matter had to have good taste. I mean you wouldn't look at a Picasso painting and say "It's a bit controversial so therefore it's not any good", It has been proven time and time again that good taste is the enemy of quality, maybe he should name his next album bubblegum yeah? And get some Katy Perry and Flo Rida features yeah? Wouldn't that just be brilliant?! Seriously people need to grow up. Expand
  5. Jan 8, 2012
    8
    You do not expect a polite language from a rapper but Rape a pregnant **** and tell my friends I had a threesome line is pretty hardcore. Goblin, the second LP by Tyler, The Creator (the leader of OFWGKTA, the alternative hip hop collective), is full of venom, (self-)hatred and frustration. Lyrics of ****es giving blow jobs and killing various individuals like stabbing Bruno Mars in his esophagus are as common as hunger in North Korea. Tyler raps over some spendid beats and drumming and does not spare anyone. The opening Goblin is pitiless but demands another listen. Transylvania sounds as if it had been produced by Count Dracula himself. Meanwhile, AU79 is a great instrumental interlude. And I do not have to introduce Yonkers, one of the key black music songs of the last 12 months. This album is dark and depressive but also weirdly enjoyable. Homophobic? Yes. Misogynic? Yes, sir. Very good? You should check for yourself. Expand
  6. Dec 9, 2012
    7
    The sequel to the excellent album Bastard has very similar production and rapping like on Bastard. Tyler is still talking to his therapist Dr. TC and stills talks about rape just like on his first album. However, Goblin is to me is seen as the not as good version. The production on some songs is crappy and in some songs it sounds like Tyler is just talking about random things, but on the other hand Tyler has shown his skills as a producer and a rapper. Songs like Yonkers showed good production and insane rapping. For the most part, Goblin was a pretty good sequel to Bastard. Expand
  7. Mar 21, 2012
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. OF TAPE 2 is too swagged out for its own good. Its needlessly high on its own swag. It gets so into itself that it canâ Expand

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