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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: 80 out of 82
  2. Negative: 1 out of 82
  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. Mar 23, 2022
    10
    This album is absolutely beautiful. The flow of the album is so consistent and it is absolutely amazing. Tyler put a countless amount ofThis album is absolutely beautiful. The flow of the album is so consistent and it is absolutely amazing. Tyler put a countless amount of effort into this album, and with so many features, it just only made it better. Expand
  4. Nov 20, 2017
    9
    I think when most people think of Tyler the Creator, they usually think of the vulgar, free spirited version. While that side of him doesI think when most people think of Tyler the Creator, they usually think of the vulgar, free spirited version. While that side of him does appear on this LP, this is without a doubt, one of the MOST introspective albums I've ever heard. It attacks controversial topics with poise and maturity, all while being an absolute JOY to listen to. The best production on ANY record of 2017. If you've never listened to a Tyler album and have been hesitant, please do yourself a favor and listen to this one. Expand
  5. Jul 22, 2017
    9
    Tyler has developed many of the techniques he has used on every project from his past and it shows. Tyler obviously has been practicing everyTyler has developed many of the techniques he has used on every project from his past and it shows. Tyler obviously has been practicing every element of current musical library instead of trying new techniques, which is very pleasing for both his fans and his critics. Flower Boy is much more developed and grand than anything Tyler has done before. Expand
  6. May 8, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This album is extremely good. Like really, I’m so impressed. Tyler really isn’t one of the best artists, Cherry Bomb made no sense whatsoever (mixing was terrible oml), Wolf was pretty good but kind of boring in certain sections, Goblin felt like a little kid whining and Bastard was edgy but it was impressive lyrically and instrumentally, I liked it. This on the other hand- holy **** this is no doubt one of the best rap albums ever. I can put this **** up with Tpab, Mbdtf and Illmatic, it’s that good. Instrumentals are gorgeously put together, lyricism is on the nose yet amazingly written, this album borders on perfection with songs like Garden Shed, which oozes beauty and feels like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon. I’d rate this album a 10/10, but there is one specific track that was good, but not the best- and that’s pothole, Jaiden sounded kind of uninspired, but that’s legitimately it, this album is pretty much the closest you can get to perfection. Igors pretty good also but eh this is better lul Expand
  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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