• Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Jul 21, 2017
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  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 27, 2017
    90
    Clocking in at 47 minutes, the album is both Tyler, The Creator’s shortest and most cohesive album to date and is full of introspective admissions that logically line up with his public character.
  3. 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.
  4. Jul 21, 2017
    85
    Flower Boy shows thoughtfulness can be freeing. As Tyler, the Creator embarks on a journey of self-discovery, he becomes close to whole.
  5. 83
    Flower Boy has elevated Tyler closer to the line. An unexpected move to be sure, but no less impressive whatsoever.
  6. Jan 24, 2018
    80
    This is a quiet, mellow album that works better as chill out music than work out music. ... Well worth checking out, especially if you thought Tyler was a one-trick pony.
  7. The Wire
    Sep 1, 2017
    80
    At some point in the future Tyler, The Creator may define his ideology and grow tedious with it; for now he remains on top form revelling in ambiguity. [Sep 2017, p.62]
  8. Aug 9, 2017
    80
    These days, there aren’t many rap albums that can service as a deeply digested work of art as well as music for easy listening, yet Tyler, The Creator fills both lanes well. He manages to find the happy medium on Flower Boy and translates it to his best album yet.
  9. Aug 4, 2017
    80
    With an album as well thought out and arranged as Flower Boy playing on repeat, “right now” is absolutely enjoyable.
  10. 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.
  11. 80
    Flower Boy presents a surprisingly sensitive, thoughtful, even pleasant personality.
  12. 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.
  13. 80
    Backed by a supporting cast of R&B superstars and bright newcomers, it’s a record of long, lazy summers; sitting back and staring at the clouds.
  14. 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.
  15. Jul 31, 2017
    78
    The features on Flower Boy are well chosen and cohesive, and so is the production.
  16. Jul 31, 2017
    75
    Flower Boy is a fascinating, singular effort from Tyler, The Creator. He’s crafted a record that finally measures up to a promise that has always been there.
  17. Jul 27, 2017
    70
    Tyler's most musically and lyrically focused effort to date.
  18. 50
    It’s more of the same. It seems to be needing something more. An extra spark of interest.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 501 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 501
  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. Full Review »
  2. Jul 21, 2017
    10
    For me this is easily Tyler's most cohesive and mature piece of work to date. I feel like this album is what he's been building towards hisFor me this is easily Tyler's most cohesive and mature piece of work to date. I feel like this album is what he's been building towards his whole career and now he's finally nailed it. Instead of doing his usual shtick with imaginary characters he decides to throw that all away and finally gets real. Lyrically this album is a journey of self-discovery for Tyler, a guy who's looking to be whole. His rapping has improved tremendously and his skills with production remain as inventive and colorful as ever. Incredibly gorgeous piece of work from front to back, this is what a summer album should sound like. Full Review »
  3. Jul 25, 2017
    0
    This album does nothing for me. I can hear what he's trying to do but it isn't communicating well enough for me to engage with the album,This album does nothing for me. I can hear what he's trying to do but it isn't communicating well enough for me to engage with the album, unfortunately. Full Review »