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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the Odd Future rapper features collaborations with Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Schoolboy Q, Pharrell Williams, Toro Y Moi, Charlie Wilson, and Cole Alexander of The Black Lips.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Apr 14, 2015
    80
    Musically, he is maturing before our very eyes.
  2. Apr 17, 2015
    80
    Cherry Bomb is his greatest achievement thus far, solidifying his place in the game, with or without the conspicuously absent Odd Future crew.
  3. The Wire
    Jun 5, 2015
    80
    An album whose sustained brilliance reveals both an artist liberated from the need to try too hard, and finally armed with more to express than sarcastic teenage angst. [Jun 2015, p.55]
  4. Apr 17, 2015
    70
    Cherry Bomb is Tyler's greatest creation to date. However, the album is bit of a mess in the beginning, and while Tyler's grown immensely as a producer, his rapping isn't consistently up to par.
  5. Apr 17, 2015
    67
    His greatest strength has always been world-building, using a synth-heavy blitz of candy-colored jazz chords taken straight (sometimes blatantly so) from the Pharrell handbook. Cherry Bomb isn’t exactly a hard left turn from this lane, but it is a quick swerve.
  6. Apr 24, 2015
    60
    Tyler makes a few more gestures toward maturity, cutting down the lengthy screeds and striking a better overall balance between sweetness and horror. But he continues to struggle to integrate his feelings into his material.
  7. Apr 23, 2015
    40
    Top-loaded with impenetrable stabs at noise-rock-infused rap, Cherry Bomb is a frustrating exhibition of musicality mired in Tyler, the Creator's contrary sensibility.

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  1. Positive: 18 out of 37
  2. Negative: 8 out of 37
  1. Apr 15, 2015
    10
    To no surprise, Tyler changes his style again. However, this album seems to be his largest progression. It is as if he fuses together themesTo no surprise, Tyler changes his style again. However, this album seems to be his largest progression. It is as if he fuses together themes and his musical production from his previous albums. The synth and emotional singing from Wolf, the flow and deep-cutting 808's from Goblin, and the raw and unadulterated flow from Bastard. This album isn't as concise as say Wolf. Wolf, in my eyes, is a masterpiece because of his old style to new beats. Cherry Bomb sounds to me as Tyler states, "Named the album Cherry Bomb because greatest hits sounded boring". It literally has everything any OF fan could want for any album of his. Do you like Wolf? Here's "Find Your Wings", "Blow My Load", "2 Seater", and **** Perfect". Like Goblin? Here's "Buffalo", "Run", "The Brown Stains", and "Smuckers". Like Bastard? Here's "Deathcamp", "Keep Da O's", and "Pilot". There is something for every fan on this record, and it's god level if you loved all three of his previous albums like I did. Expand
  2. Mar 21, 2016
    10
    This album is Tylers best work, whilst at first confusing many listeners with songs like Cherry Bomb and Keep Da O's I feel that this albumThis album is Tylers best work, whilst at first confusing many listeners with songs like Cherry Bomb and Keep Da O's I feel that this album and particularly these songs need several listens before you start to truly get a feel for it. Songs like Find Your Wings and 2Seater are beautifully composed whilst deterring from what we are used to with Tyler in Bastard and Goblin. His change in style with the increasing use of muted jazz instruments in songs like Smuckers, 2Seater and Find Your Wings are perhaps what many people do not enjoy about this album as it isn't as hard hitting as some of his older works. I think Tyler can truly can master most genres and shows that in this album. Whilst I do find it lacks a common sound that most albums may cover I think that certainly doesn't deter it from being an amazing piece of work Expand
  3. Feb 26, 2016
    9
    Even if Tyler changed style. It isn't for bad. This album is a true masterpiece that is gonna make you have dreams with its sudden beatEven if Tyler changed style. It isn't for bad. This album is a true masterpiece that is gonna make you have dreams with its sudden beat changes and chill parts sometimes and raw parts other times.
    This is definetly in my 2015 top 10 best albums list. I liked his raps but sometimes the music were too loud and Tyler's voice too low. only bad point. I absolutely love this. Tyler better stay like this instead of some Goblin **** Cherry Bomb> Wolf> Bastard> Goblin
    Favourite tracks: **** young, smuckers, 2seater, deathcamp, buffalo
    Worst track: Keep da o's

    And cherry bomb isn't that bad. It's a great song to rage too.
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  4. May 27, 2015
    6
    Cherry Bomb is a weird album. Tyler has always been a weird musician (and person) but this album is Tyler's weirdness at its peak. What's notCherry Bomb is a weird album. Tyler has always been a weird musician (and person) but this album is Tyler's weirdness at its peak. What's not weird about this album? Tyler's singing (something he's always wanted to do but never attempted it much before on his previous albums) to his high-pitched vocals (again, something that he's never really done on his previous albums, or on ANY album, this commonly) to the excessive mixing are all some of the weirdest things I've ever experienced in musical history. And this weirdness of his is original and good (except for the excessive mixing). The main problem with Cherry Bomb, however, is how well this album could be divided into four separate EPs. There have been many albums that contain a diverse musical style (MBDTF comes to mind) but most of them have been able to tie the songs together well. This album, however, does the opposite of that. How is it possible to believe that "Deathcamp", "Find Your Wings" and "Cherry Bomb" are on the same album? Tyler is trying to be creative with his neo-soul/N.E.R.D./high vocals/distorted songs, which he is, but it's ultimately ruined by how the songs don't flow together. There are a few skits but they are just random. His production has been great on his previous albums, and Tyler, the Creator has never been very lyrical, but songs like "Find Your Wings" simply have a lack of lyrics and songs like "Cherry Bomb" leave listeners skeptical about what the beat is actually supposed to sound like, and most importantly what Tyler is saying. Overall, if you can accept the fact that Tyler is weird, you won't hate this album but if you limit your listening to a few artists, you will hate this album. Grade: B-. Highlights: "Deathcamp", "Run" (I actually like this one, believe it or not), "The Brown Stains of Darkeese Latifah Part 6-12 (Remix)", "Smuckers". Worst songs: "Cherry Bomb", "Find Your Wings" Expand
  5. Apr 19, 2015
    6
    Don't get me wrong, there are some really great tracks on Cherry Bomb; in my personal opinion the best parts of the album are when Tyler'sDon't get me wrong, there are some really great tracks on Cherry Bomb; in my personal opinion the best parts of the album are when Tyler's production gets a key role (2seater, perfect have a lovely jazz influenced sound), but i think his lyrics really lack any substance. At first listen I really thought that it was a stellar effort but the depth isn't there, the lyrics tend not to inspire - comparing it to some other rap artists' albums which have came out recently it's a bit timid. Fair play to him because he is so original and his production is so unique. It's not a bad album but hardly groundbreaking.
    (also thank you tyler for sparing your album this time of your friends jasper + taco)
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  6. Apr 15, 2015
    4
    There are moments on this album that stand far above anything Tyler has previously done. Tracks like Death Camp, Pilot, Find Your Wings, andThere are moments on this album that stand far above anything Tyler has previously done. Tracks like Death Camp, Pilot, Find Your Wings, and 2Seater show Tyler's true prowess as a producer. However the album is marred with tracks that show the opposite as well. Songs such as Run, Cherry Bomb, and Keep da O's all exhibit either horribly boring production or absolutely awful mixing. At times really do love this album, but it was ultimately brought down by lackluster tracks and bad mixing. Expand
  7. Apr 16, 2015
    0
    hurt my head, my ears felt like bleeding. Probably one of the worse listening experiences i have ever experience din my life. Also shoutouthurt my head, my ears felt like bleeding. Probably one of the worse listening experiences i have ever experience din my life. Also shoutout "Say Wallahi" on ktt that **** is the man. **** wit me Expand

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