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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the rapper features guest appearances from ASAP Rocky, Anna of the North, Estelle, Steve Lacy, Lil Wayne, Frank Ocean, Rex Orange County, Jaden Smith, and Kali Uchis.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jul 28, 2017
    91
    Flower Boy is the first time he’s been equally as forthcoming in his actual music. His flow has tightened up, and for a man whose voice basically destined him for rap stardom, he’s become even better at stretching his booming baritone into novel shapes, employing a plethora of flows.
  2. Jul 25, 2017
    90
    While most of these songs are rife with anxiety and isolation, the open-hearted lyricism and wide-scoped productions, put together by an artist in peak form, make them immensely engrossing. Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Kali Uchis, Syd, and Estelle are among 11 supporting cast members, not one of whom is inessential to the whole.
  3. 83
    Flower Boy has elevated Tyler closer to the line. An unexpected move to be sure, but no less impressive whatsoever.
  4. Jul 21, 2017
    80
    If anything, Flower Boy captures Tyler at his least tormented and twisted; it is an album of exquisitely arranged, melodious synth-rap, wistful and reflective, heavy on the heavenly. It’s not all dreamy--watch out for the occasional profane pothole--but largely this is the work of an evolved artist and mature person.
  5. Jul 28, 2017
    80
    If “maturity” isn't quite the word for Flower Boy, however, the album is nevertheless a significant milestone. This is easily Tyler's most emotionally risky, and rewarding, work to date--and, in its own way, more transgressive than anything from Odd Future's punk-rap peak.
  6. Jul 24, 2017
    80
    Previously it felt like as though these two sides have been difficult to reconcile on record; the abrasive would often be at odds with the tranquil, particularly on last studio album ‘Cherry Bomb’. On Flower Boy, though, Tyler has perfected his marriage of the two.
  7. Jul 21, 2017
    50
    It’s more of the same. It seems to be needing something more. An extra spark of interest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 75
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 75
  3. Negative: 1 out of 75
  1. Jul 21, 2017
    10
    This is Tyler's most concise and consistent album in his entire catalogue. This is by far his most focused work and he shows his trueThis is Tyler's most concise and consistent album in his entire catalogue. This is by far his most focused work and he shows his true creativity as an artist. Expand
  2. May 22, 2019
    10
    Easily one of the best albums I've heard in my life , every song sounds great , there's no lowpoints , I come back to every song after monthsEasily one of the best albums I've heard in my life , every song sounds great , there's no lowpoints , I come back to every song after months have passed since I first heard it(which is rare for me) , and it deserves a better score than **** Igor.
    Masterpiece.
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  3. Sep 23, 2021
    10
    This album is amazing, The flow is so great and you can see his improvement after this album was released all of Tyler's albums were amazing IThis album is amazing, The flow is so great and you can see his improvement after this album was released all of Tyler's albums were amazing I think he really learned from this album. 10/10 Expand
  4. Dec 29, 2017
    9
    Tyler, The Creator has found a sweet spot with this one. Lyrics are candid and his vulnerability and open-hearted style has found a balanceTyler, The Creator has found a sweet spot with this one. Lyrics are candid and his vulnerability and open-hearted style has found a balance and flow that is arguably the best he has ever been. Songs show maturity in the musicality and writing, while lyrics are a strong balance between the caustic side he’s shown us before and a serene flow that blends with the norm to create a magical experience. Tracks that stand out are “Where This Flower Blooms”, “See You Again”, and “Boredom”. Expand
  5. Jul 24, 2017
    9
    After releasing what in my opinion his weakest album with Cherry Bomb, Tyler comes through with his most consistent, soulful, and beautifulAfter releasing what in my opinion his weakest album with Cherry Bomb, Tyler comes through with his most consistent, soulful, and beautiful work. Flower Boy delivers a concise and obvious message, it's a clearly a pathway to Tyler's soul. Expand
  6. Feb 6, 2020
    9
    Flower Boy mixes R&B, pop, electro and pure hip-hop layers with a cinematic storytelling capacity.
  7. Nov 10, 2018
    0
    this album is horse **** even tho i like the fact that he was influenced by tpab by kendrick lamar all the homophobic slurs he used to do nowthis album is horse **** even tho i like the fact that he was influenced by tpab by kendrick lamar all the homophobic slurs he used to do now hes gay? lol stop looking for attention nut head Expand

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