Goblin - Tyler, The Creator
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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 113 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 91 out of 113
  2. Negative: 14 out of 113

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  1. Aug 22, 2014
    10
    Must be understood in the context of Tyler's musical inspiration, such as surrealist rapper MF DOOM, who puts himself into absurd situations - only Tyler does the same with intentional meaning. Look beyond whatever potential so-called "shock value" there is.
  2. Nov 1, 2013
    8
    This a very inventive rap album from the underground. A very unique follow up to the great "Bastard", with it's cool flow and the genuine humor showed in the lyrics. My favorites off of this great album are "Yonkers" and "Sandwiches". The beats are better from the ones in "Bastard". This isn't an album for the easily offended, as it is quite dark. But, this album is strangely compelling for the listener and does have a message. Definitely worth a listen. Odd future is the Expand
  3. Oct 6, 2013
    10
    The way he tells this story of himself (Tyler) and his split personality (Wolf Haley) is pure genius and should go down in history of story telling in rap. Also a rap album without purely songs about weed and is always nice.
  4. Jun 14, 2013
    5
    When it's good, it's pretty good. When it's bad....yikes. The lows are too low for this thing to deserve any higher of a rating. Too often the beats are murky and sound like they were made by an amateur on some garbage computer program. In fact, this whole album just sounds like one long angry rant. Don't tell yourself it has a deeper intellectual meaning, because Tyler himself says in interviews that it doesn't...he just likes to make music for shock value. It DOES have a few good tracks though for sure (Yonkers, Sandwitches, Analog). Bastard was better overall Expand
  5. Mar 30, 2013
    7
    this album is mostly just ok songs that try to be funny, but there are a few songs that Tyler actually tried on. and they're really good. she is practically perfect
  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. Nov 9, 2012
    3
    Tyler is easily overrated. No flow, no lyrics, no style, hell the songs aren't even catchy. Shock value, shock value, Shock value. Gimmick with no substance lyrically or emotionally. I am a sucker for horrorcore but tyler has no skills period. Apparently theres some deep hidden message but who cares when the music sounds like garbage...
  8. 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
  9. Mar 12, 2012
    5
    As with most Odd Future releases (with the exception of EARL and Frank Ocean's Nostalgia, Ultra), Goblin is inconsistant, gimmicky, and really nothing special. The lazy production and horrorcore-esque lyrics go to show that being different for the sake of being different doesn't always equate to good music.
  10. Feb 8, 2012
    7
    No where near as good as Bastard, Tyler's first mixtape which you could basically say was an album also. There is nothing better than the introspective nature of tyler, the creator's music, you absolutely feel the emotion he is putting through in songs like the opener goblin and she. The genius in tyler is shown in songs like yonkers, tron cat, and nightmare. And the odd future anthem is nothing other than Radicals! One of the more interesting albums of 2011. Expand
  11. Feb 5, 2012
    8
    If you liked Bastard , you'll like Goblin.This is just like anything else you expect from Tyler.The instrumentals on this album are mostly all better than the ones on Bastard, Which is saying a lot.
  12. Feb 4, 2012
    8
    I respect Tyler alot for his hard work and the movement behind odd future & the alternative hip-hop genre. He took the genre where no one took it before. And thats why i respect him alot. Keep it up
  13. Jan 12, 2012
    8
    This is a good album. Why? It is one of my most original rap albums I've heard in years. Tyler is a different artist. Rap is infested now with stoner rap and Tyler doesn't do that(most of the time) This is the album that made him big and with Wolf, bigger.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. Oct 28, 2011
    8
    You have to listen to this a few times to figure out the true genius in the album. It plays out like an amazing horror movie, with amazing lyricism, but some sketchy spots keeps it slightly down.
  18. Sep 28, 2011
    10
    This guy is one of the most lyricall guys out in the game rite now and has a odd twist and rare flavor to his music but, he has a sound that now a days people search for in the hiphop world and just say wow!, thats different but its good. Dispite his lazy effort and **** atitude this guy lives his life how ever he feels at the time in and out the studio.
  19. Sep 4, 2011
    9
    Fresh, original and vicious. Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All have burst into our consciousness, and their fanbase is growing and growing by the day. Tyler's second album is just as brilliant as ever, despite being peppered with complaints about the fame thats been thrust upon him. Not for the easily offended, and probably not for Bruno Mars fans either.
  20. Sep 4, 2011
    7
    This album is creative and original, but not better than his first album, Bastard. Bastard wasn't as personal, it was more of fantasies and storytelling. Goblin was more personal, but it was still a good album. Au79 shows how Tyler is talented at producing. Yonkers is a gem along with She where Frank Ocean raps and sings, the man is awesome. Nightmare started off good but ended with the typical **** you" statements. Radials though was very different and awesome. Transylvania was creative with Dracula's sexual point-of-view. Sandwitches was a great "don't give a **** track and the rest were descent. Expand
  21. Sep 2, 2011
    9
    I really did not wanna listen to this album, I was convinced this is a rapper who feels himself way too much, uses beef to get known and would be trash. But after listening to his album he is just mis understood. He hates the dumb downed music which is now selling and he's trying to change that. "Goblin" is a great album, unlike many artist who get noticed Tyler did not go commercial at all on this album. His lyrics were phenomenal, he never tried to be someone that he is not. To me he is a little like Eminem when he first started. This is by far one of the best rap albums of they year. If it was a little less **** the world" then I would give the album a perfect 10 but its still a great album. Expand
  22. 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
  23. Jun 6, 2011
    9
    Easily the best rap album of the year and completely blows bastard out of the water, the only song I can't stand on the album is BDS, that's the only compaint I have about it, amazing album.
  24. May 31, 2011
    8
    One of the most confessional albums in a while, "Goblin" could make a serial killer cringe. While some tracks are trying to be dark to often and other tracks appear to be filler, tracks such as "Radicals," "Sandwitches," "Golden," and "Goblins" make this album worth it.
  25. May 29, 2011
    7
    Solid effort from an someone who I imagine was under considerable pressure to deliver, one that grows on you after a few plays. You certainly get the feeling that with a few tweaks he is capable of a stone cold classic. The number of people who comment online to state that this artist/group purely exists for shock value is incredible. Imagine some kind of crazy collaboration album with all the members of OF (including he that has gone missing) performing at their peak, it could potentially rip a hole in the space/time continuum. Expand
  26. May 27, 2011
    5
    Being shocking for the sake of being shocking, or being shocking because it "sounds cool" (Tyler's words), is the opposite of compelling. It's down right boring. Tyler and his cohorts in OFWGKTA are being compared to the likes of Wu Tang Clan and 2Pac. Those a very generous and lazy comparisons, considering Wu Tang and 2Pac actually had something to say. He's more akin to Insane Clown Posse. Except the music and rhymes are a bit better. Expand
  27. May 12, 2011
    10
    The people giving this bad reviews don't know rap, alternative hip hop, and the direction behind the art. "It's not **** horrorcore faggots" as Tyler would put it, but it's more then that. If you have been a GOLF WANG fan since the days of the original OF tape YOU WILL LOVE THIS. If you jumped on the yonkers bandwagon, but are starting to see more to the group, YOU WILL LOVE THIS. If you know the difference between a simile and a metaphor, and how a real rapper tells a story (fictional or not) YOU WILL LOVE THIS. Tyler has swagged all over this album, and it shows with his deep hypnotic graveyard beats, his witty f*ck everybody" lyricism that goes over the heads of 90% of the critics. I think the way Tyler views this album is summed up in the first track alone when he says "They don't get it, cuz it's not made for them/ the n!gg@ that's in the mirror rapping this is made for him". Standout tracks (aside from yonkers and sandwitches which have been out for a while) would be Tron Cat, Fish, Radicals, and Transylvania, however the whole album is worth countless playthroughs. The message he presents is do yourself and **** anybody who says otherwise, which is the truest message anybody can tell, and Tyler tells it viciously deliciously. GOLF WANG or lick a pimple covered d*ck faggots. P.S. n*ggas who wanna call d*ck riding, eat a d*ck yourself, its swa6 music for people who like getting swa666ed out, killpeopleburnsh*tf*ckschool Expand
  28. May 11, 2011
    10
    Best OF release to date. Some of the tracks just seem like filler, and I was disappointed to see that one of the 3 bonus tracks was some minute long instrumental. Other than that though, this is a very solid album for someone who produced the previous one on his own. Golden is by far the best and hardest hitting song on the album, i wish there was another like it.
  29. May 11, 2011
    7
    If Prince Paul's Psychoanalysis: What Is It had a love child with the Gravediggaz 6 Feet Deep album, you'd have Tyler the Creator. The go to track is "Yonkers" which is tight. People are either way too on Tyler and Odd Future or too shocked by the lyrics and obligated to hate on it. Consequently you're going to see a lot of extreme reactions to this album. In truth, this is a creative first effort that feels like a first effort. The album is a little on the long side so if you're not a hardcore fan, download the 5 most listened to tracks on iTunes and you'll probably be more than satisfied. A great first effort, and the heads should definitely pick it up. Just don't buy into the extreme reviews, on either the 10 or the 0 side. Tyler has a bright future and I can't wait to see what he does next. Expand
  30. 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
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. Dec 12, 2011
    60
    Irksome and intriguing, compelling and calculated, Goblin confounds at every turn. [Aug. 2011, p. 104]
  2. 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.
  3. 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]