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  • Summary: The fifth full-length studio release for the Los Angeles-based rapper features guest appearances from ASAP Rocky, Dev Hynes, Frank Ocean, Playboi Carti, Santigold, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Charlie Wilson.
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ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?
Dream Just dream Long ago, long ago, long ago Dream Just dream Are we still friends? Can we be friends? Are we still friends? I've got to... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    The production here is superb. Tyler has never been one for traditional song structure, but on IGOR he’s like the Minotaur luring you through a maze that twists and turns around seemingly impossible corners, drawing you into the thrilling unknown. ... This is Tyler’s best work to date.
  2. May 23, 2019
    90
    Tyler and a motorcade's worth of supporting vocalists fulfill the promise and threat with what plays out, a creatively vital and emotionally heartsick set with as much pain, vulnerability, and compulsion as a classic soul LP.
  3. May 17, 2019
    80
    The trademark visceral beats, scathing lyrics and the general feeling of anger and aggression that peppered his previous albums have been replaced with slower beats and irresistible soul hooks. At first this change in tone, and pace, is jarring and you are waiting for it to kick off, but as the album progresses you get into it and dig this new Tyler.
  4. 80
    Whether or not you choose to take his advice with either your first or your 51st listen, IGOR is an accomplished and evergreen record that’s well worth putting your phone down, turning the TV off and devoting your full attention span to.
  5. Jun 27, 2019
    80
    For the most part, Tyler has opted out of his rapping heritage, preferring pitch-altered singing vocals which will split some opinion. However, this elevated IGOR beyond the mere confines of genre, to a substantially great work of art, cementing Tyler's case as one of this decade's most essential artists.
  6. May 24, 2019
    74
    IGOR is a commendable, yet flawed album, one that further challenges what we can and should expect from a rap album in 2019.
  7. The Wire
    Jul 11, 2019
    50
    Things improve markedly when he plays to his strengths with the nuanced narrative of “A Boy Is A Gun”, but ultimately such moments [are] hard to hear over the pitiable “Puppet” and “Earfquake”, functional pop wisely rejected by Justin Bieber and Rihanna. When the narrative sags and his mind seems to wander, it just isn’t enough, no matter how stylish the trimmings. [Aug 2019, p.68]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 221
  1. May 19, 2019
    10
    This is one of the most exciting albums of recent years. Superb production, interesting and different song structures. Gets better after eachThis is one of the most exciting albums of recent years. Superb production, interesting and different song structures. Gets better after each listen and as a full body of work it flows and tells a story. Very refreshing in an era filled with average music and predictability. Expand
  2. Mar 16, 2021
    10
    Tyler, The Creator's IGOR is a wonderful, enchanting and heartbreaking concept album that takes you on a journey of a boy and his lover slowlyTyler, The Creator's IGOR is a wonderful, enchanting and heartbreaking concept album that takes you on a journey of a boy and his lover slowly being torn apart as the toxicity of the relationship begins to reveal itself and break it all down. Tyler moves away from his usual aggressive & comedic rap to an incredibly powerful, story focused project heavily stemming off his work on Flower Boy (2017), as he now begins to fully branch into R&B and soul. IGOR is an incredibly experimental and complex project that may sting on the first listen with the unique vocal distortion, but in the very end succeeds in creating a beautiful album that deserves all of the success it has been remembered for.

    As I stated earlier, one thing that may prove to be a hurdle for some to jump over, especially for listeners expecting a hip hop record, is the unusual and wacky distortion of Tyler's voice, taking it to strange variations of pitches between tracks, but eventually pays off as once you get used to it you realize how fantastic Tyler is at not only singing, but utilizing his disadvantages with his rough voice to produce different emotions combined with pitch alterations. This is an incredibly innovative way to combat his dissatisfaction with his own voice, and although I do love Tyler's natural voice this is absolutely a welcomed technique.

    The instrumentals on IGOR frequently switch between beautiful-yet-sad, melodic piano & guitar to heavy, aggressive bass that practically pulses through your headphones like shockwaves. Each is used incredibly well to convey the right emotion, such as "GONE GONE" using drums, percussion and guitar to make a bitter-sweet upbeat song that directly juxtaposes the lyrics, and "NEW MAGIC WAND" taking on an almost completely different side of the character, an evil, jealous monster wishing disappearance and even death on his competitor with the drone of the backing, synth and thick beats working all in unison.

    The lyrical work on IGOR may not feel as witty or comedic as some of Tyler's past records, but that's not to say that it's even remotely bad or worse than previous projects, as IGOR focuses heavily on telling a very powerful story. Igor is still riddled with references, catchy hooks and by far the most incredible line; "How come you're the best to me? I know you're the worst for me. Boy, you're sweet as sugar, diabetic to the first degree". The beauty of IGOR is the way Tyler articulates Igor's brain, showing the collapse of the relationship with his emotional struggle, representing how it feels to be completely trapped in a hateful relationship you can't bring yourself to leave. Juxtaposition and direct opposites take center stage in this project with verses that contradict every single previous line as Igor struggles to figure out whether he can truly remain in this relationship. "A BOY IS A GUN*" is a perfect example, with not only incredible word play, but just from the title alone it encapsulates the relationship perfectly. To Igor, his lover is a gun, a dangerous, violent risk that could get him hurt. But just like in real life, a gun is also seen by many as a necessity. No matter how destructive it may be, many people cannot live without. Igor's relationship is an exterior protection that keeps him safe from himself, and the fear of being alone.

    IGOR has very few features, but rides on the sampling and snippets of a mock interview seemingly discussing love. These 5-10 second clips at the end of different songs make an absolute world of difference and tie in perfectly into the next song, almost like a narration of Igor's thoughts and how the relationship is progressing.

    Although some tracks may not be as memorable as others, each song is incredibly important to the final product. Each piece is key to the puzzle, and this record is an AMAZING listen on it's own. As a concept album though, many songs may struggle to find footing individually or in a playlist. This is not a project you can shuffle, as although some songs may come off as mediocre or bizarre, in the context of the full story they are heavily amplified. A single page cannot carry a book, and IGOR reflects that mentality. I think for some, this may lower the score of the project as it is a music record, but personally I think that after almost 15 listens to the album alone this is ABSOLUTELY something you can look past.

    IGOR is a wonderful journey, showing powerful moments from very *real* deep rooted experiences in Tyler's life, and is one of the best displays of a toxic relationship I have ever seen in any media. For many I believe IGOR will be somewhat difficult to pickup, to the point where you may not even like it on your first listen, but I am certain that when you really let the lyrics and sounds sink in, you will realize that this is one of the best albums of the decade, and an unmissable title that many need to hear.

    i am very excited to see what Tyler, The Creator does next. 10/10!
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  3. May 18, 2019
    10
    Up until this point, I was never a huge Tyler, the Creator fan. But this album. Mannnnnnn. It hits at such a new and unique level sonically,Up until this point, I was never a huge Tyler, the Creator fan. But this album. Mannnnnnn. It hits at such a new and unique level sonically, thematically, and lyrically. On first listen I was immediately pulled in, not wanting to stop until I had listened through the whole album 3 times over. I loved it all the way through and am extremely impressed by how many layers each song has. There is truly nothing like Igor our right now. One of the best, if not the best, albums of the year so far. Expand
  4. May 20, 2019
    10
    This album feels like getting the straw in the CapriSun the first time but for every song.
  5. Jan 18, 2020
    9
    An experimental album showcasing the true growth in Tyler's career. It combines various genres into the making of a conceptual and cohesiveAn experimental album showcasing the true growth in Tyler's career. It combines various genres into the making of a conceptual and cohesive tragic love story. The compelling character development story immerses the listener into Tyler's world. The production is off the charts and fitting to the story at hand. One of the most well written and produced records of the entire decade. Expand
  6. May 19, 2019
    9
    Prepare yourself for a twisted journey in the mind of Igor, one of the many Tyler's personalities.

    Beautiful sounds and well thought lyrics
    Prepare yourself for a twisted journey in the mind of Igor, one of the many Tyler's personalities.

    Beautiful sounds and well thought lyrics are going to blow your mind and transport you into an unexplored world. This project is Great but yes... can get irritating at some small points. (not for me tho)

    If you love Tyler and his mystic sounds and personalities, this album is going to feel like fresh simphony in an era where everything sounds the same.

    prepare yourself for an incredible Journey!
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  7. Mar 8, 2020
    0
    i listened to the WHOLE album n not ONE song was listenable it was seriously like nails on chalkboard or Styrofoam i can't BELIEVE this guyi listened to the WHOLE album n not ONE song was listenable it was seriously like nails on chalkboard or Styrofoam i can't BELIEVE this guy has a following. Expand

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