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Album Review: IGOR by Tyler, the Creator

Tyler, the Creator returns with his fifth studio album, IGOR. Tyler, the Creator is a California based rapper.


The first song off the album is IGOR'S THEME. The song starts off with a nearly 25 second synth drone. Right off the bat, this tells you that Tyler is moving into a new direction with his music. Right after the synth, it just keeps building up from there. I especially love the choir of people towards the end of the song.

EARFQUAKE was one of the singles for the album. This isn't the first time we had a song with Tyler singing, but it tells you that this won't be an album consisting of Tyler rapping. The highlight of the song isn't Tyler's singing, it's actually his background vocals that he adds to the song. While I know a lot of people enjoyed the Playboi Carti feature, I just don't think it works well in this setting.

Next, we move onto I THINK. Tyler is talking about how he is falling in love in a relationship. However, he is having a hard time trying to tell his partner that he loves them. He also feels like he might be annoying them, with the line, "I notice that you're there, but I'm always in your hair."

After this, we have a short introduction song, EXACTLY WHAT YOU RUN FROM YOU END UP CHASING, and that runs into RUNNING OUT OF TIME. Tyler's relationship is slowly fizzing out since he can't convince his partner to love him. Tyler says that he needs "her" out the picture, it seems like he is talking to a guy. He is also telling him to take his mask off and stop lying to others. That could either mean the guy he is talking to isn't gay, or that he isn't fully out of the closet. This could also hint to one of Tyler's ex-girlfriends as well.

The tone of the album quickly changes when NEW MAGIC WAND starts. His love interest is wanting to leave, but Tyler won't let that happen. He is basically begging him/her to stay with him. Around the two minute mark of the song, Tyler's mood shifts. His character sounds obsessive and won't take a no from his partner.

A BOY IS A GUN has a beautiful, soul-like sample with amazing background vocals. In this song, Tyler is trying to compare his love interest to a gun. He says that he loves it, but it is also dangerous, and also wants the person to stay away from him.

PUPPET features Kanye West. During the chorus, Tyler talks about his love being a puppet. Puppets are controlled by an actual person, so that can show how Tyler is being controlled in this relationship, or is giving to his lover's every whim, just to make sure that they are pleased.

The next track, WHAT'S GOOD, brings us back to the old Tyler. It's one of the few songs on the album that actually features Tyler rapping. There is a reoccurring theme throughout the song, "I see the light." He is finally coming to grasp that he has to end of the relationship, or that he is okay with the relationship ending.

Just like the last few Tyler albums, the tenth track features more a 2+ part song. GONE, GONE / THANK YOU is also the longest track of the album. The first part of the song, Tyler seems to be heartbroken that the relationship is ended. He wishes that it was just a bad dream that he could wake up from, and his love would be there waiting for him. The second part of the song, he accepts that the relationship ended, but it has hurt him enough to where he doesn't want to fall in love again.

I DON'T LOVE YOU ANYMORE talks about how Tyler is finally over his ex, or at least trying to convince himself he is. Even if you aren't over someone after a break up, saying things like this will help you get over him/her faster. He also said that the partner he was with wasted his time, which is also another normal thought after a break up.

The final track of the album is ARE WE STILL FRIENDS? This track is supposed to be this grand ending that represents what it's like to fall in love and then get your heart broken, which a lot of people are familiar with. At the end of a relationship, some people wonder if they can still be friends with their ex, usually because you spend a lot of time getting to know someone, and then you break it off. However, talking from experience, it isn't the best idea to do this.

If you love this album, consider buying it from one of the links below!


Rating: 6/10
Favorite Songs: EARFQUAKE, NEW MAGIC WAND, A BOY IS A GUN

What did you think of IGOR? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!

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