Wolf - Tyler, The Creator
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. 90
    Wolf is both a departure and a refinement for Tyler, combining his best traits in such a way as to nearly eliminate his weaknesses.
  2. Apr 24, 2013
    80
    He just keeps getting better at writhing around in this narrow space of homage and usually lands somewhere just between endearing and brilliant. [May 2013, p.67]
  3. Apr 17, 2013
    80
    Wolf’s production features a more textured and subtle sound than we’ve ever heard before.
  4. 80
    At times, there's the sense Tyler's charisma outweighs his content, and as such it's probably up to Earl to deliver the group's first bona fide hip-hop classic.
  5. Apr 10, 2013
    80
    Whether he does fast angry raps like "Domo23" or revealing personal songs like "Lone," his music is never not fascinating.
  6. Apr 9, 2013
    80
    It may not have the global appeal of his OF stable mate’s Channel Orange, but it is certainly his most accessible and enjoyable.
  7. Apr 8, 2013
    80
    We already knew he was a talented composer and producer, but Wolf suggests he now may just be the finished article.
  8. Apr 5, 2013
    80
    There’s a lot more diversity in the sound of the album, and it’s there that Wolf immediately shines.
  9. 80
    With Wolf, Tyler, the Creator is exciting again: maybe not as the ringleader of the Odd Future empire, but as a producer who just turned 22.
  10. Apr 2, 2013
    80
    If you’ve made your peace with his artistry, the rewards are considerable.
  11. Apr 2, 2013
    80
    Using Wolf as a platform to let his imagination run wild while remaining accessible, Tyler, the Creator displays maturation on his own twisted terms.
  12. Apr 1, 2013
    80
    While Tyler will almost certainly never outgrow life as a weird, hell-raising provocateur, Wolf shows that he's already growing into life as a smart, diverse artist.
  13. 80
    Wolf's mix of retro soul, moody synths and backwards beats doesn't add up to his masterpiece, but the fan-stalker narrative "Colossus/The Bridge of Love" is his own "Stan".
  14. Apr 1, 2013
    78
    At its best, Wolf manages to make the inroads toward accessibility that Goblin wouldn’t and pulls it off without sacrificing too much of Tyler’s refreshing capriciousness.
  15. 75
    Tyler's Wolf may lack in editing and aural oomph, but it more than compensates with wit, if you can get past the way he seems to revel in tossing off invectives and then doubling back to defend them.
  16. Jun 26, 2013
    70
    It's complex, conflicted, and bipolar. Paranoid, even. Most of all, it reveals the harmless and empathetic character behind Tyler, the Creator's complicated persona.
  17. Apr 8, 2013
    70
    Wolf is Tyler's album through and through, a mostly diverting document of juvenile delinquency that defines him better than any prior musical effort.
  18. Apr 4, 2013
    70
    The emphasis on reacting to criticism and persona-maintenance occasionally overshadows the significant developments and leaps Tyler has made as a producer and musician on this record.
  19. Apr 4, 2013
    70
    This album is so enjoyable on a musical level that my qualms with Tyler as a personality are essentially nullified, but I’m not sure that will ring true for most others.
  20. Apr 1, 2013
    70
    It's a fun album for fanatics, but the willingness to shock feels too comfortable at this point, so those who found it tiresome before will likely find it devastating here.
  21. Apr 1, 2013
    70
    This is no walk in the park, it has to be said, but Wolf is going to be remembered as the record that sees Tyler deploying his tact as an astute beat-maker and a producer more than allowing his reputation as a Satan-worshiping neo-fascist to swell any further. Musically, it’s a step in the right direction.
  22. 70
    Tyler is his own worst enemy, of course. But the buoyancy of the production and the overall intrigue of hearing him struggle with his idle hands prevent the album from getting mired down in too much vanity.
  23. Wolf is still packed with signs of potential, and at this point it would be just as foolish to write Tyler off as it would be to call him one of the best in the game.
  24. Apr 17, 2013
    60
    Tyler rages at his absent father, scowls through uncomfortable fan encounters and--true to form--spews tons of supposedly ironic sexism and homophobia. If you can get past that tic, there's plenty to admire on Wolf.
  25. Apr 1, 2013
    60
    While Wolf definitely feels like progress on some fronts, it's also a resolutely conservative effort, marred by a neurotic sense of self-involvement that recalls Eminem at his worst.
  26. Apr 9, 2013
    58
    After three albums of unfiltered angst, the one-time wildcard now seems like a stubbornly static figure, an impression that’s supported by his monochromatic self-production on all of Wolf’s 18 tracks, which rarely build on the synthesized strings and tranquilized pianos of his other releases.
  27. Apr 4, 2013
    56
    Unfortunately, Wolf fails in the very same manner as Goblin, albeit with slightly more class.
  28. Apr 5, 2013
    50
    So much of Wolf is about distancing Tyler from the listener, whereas the vulnerability and melodic mirroring of "Answer," awash in sad organ glissando and two decades of unmet emotional need, is the album's truly shocking moment, in large part because it's so much better than everything else. From there it's another eight problematic songs until a pulse returns during Earl Sweatshirt's guest verse on "Rusty."
  29. 42
    Wolf's disengaged haunted-house funk plods joylessly through empty rage and squirmy homophobia. [12 Apr 2013, p.72]
  30. Apr 4, 2013
    40
    He seems bent on making a career out of his adolescent emotional turmoil, resulting in a thematically stagnant, myopic and ultimately immature record.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Apr 2, 2013
    10
    I think this albums is his best album to me personally. He has matured from Goblin a lot. He stated that, cutting bodies up and raping didn't interest anymore. With this album you get a personal track like "Answer" then you have your having fun go stupid song like "Domo 23" and then you have my favorite which is "Rusty" where he just goes off. His lyrics have gotten way better since Goblin. The production on this album is great!! SO FAR this is the best hip-hop album of 2013. SO FAR!!!! Full Review »
  2. Apr 2, 2013
    10
    This is Tyler’s most mature effort yet, he learned how to channel the anger to create music, the music itself is actually a focus here, and everything is intelligently done. There are also six very standout tracks, but no song is bad. Therefore this becomes one of the best albums I’ve heard in a long time, and honestly the most surprising. I never saw a day when Tyler, the Creator would earn five stars, let alone blow me away with the music as he did here.

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  3. Apr 3, 2013
    7
    The third album of Tyler, The Creator is the awareness of his talent. Domo23 is one of the best songs of this year. Wolf is a dark album that reminds Eminem, but can not be said the height of Goblin. Full Review »