He responded to what was missing with antagonism, album after album, until when he looked back at his life with a sunny lens and twinge of nostalgia to deliver his best work, Flower Boy. That Grammy-nominated album is eminently pleasing, the sound of an iconoclast succumbing to his better judgment. IGOR sounds like the work of a perfectionist giving shape to his more radical ideas. Atop this budding dread, Tyler layers candied keys and harmonizing vocals. The brightness is defiant, as Tyler processes the loss of someone he loves. As the album progresses, Tyler goes through his undulations of denial and acceptance, but spends considerable energy hoping to help his beloved find satisfaction, even if that means a future without him. IGOR may be unsettled but it never feels restless. As Tyler grapples with uncertainty and unfulfillment, he delivers an album that feels like it is suspended in midair. The whole album is sustained by mutating, colorful chords, impressionistic cracks in tonality.
You fall for someone. They reciprocate but refuse to go all-in. So you exist in limbo, waiting on them to bring you heaven or send you to hell. Consumed by the lack of closure: you wallow, you hurt, you rage. You come to your senses and move on.
With his album Flower Boy , Tyler , the Creator set out to answer a simple, burning question: Who dat boy? The result was nothing short of a revelation. Tyler bloomed almost literally, burrowing into his past and emerging from the closet amidst naturalistic motifs and a sun-drenched landscape of woozy synths, piano splashes, and Mancini-esque strings. Ultimately, Flower Boy was a triumph because Tyler succeeded in reinventing his sound and ethos without sacrificing his subversive edge. By couching his vocals deep in the mix, Tyler is basically saying that he sees himself as producer, singer, and rapper, in that order. Across IGOR , he achieves a happy balance by tempering his wonky song structures bordering on the surreal and dogged pursuit of synthgasms with a clear narrative arc and careful calculated swerves in tone and texture. Igor is a heartfelt album that finds Tyler lowering his guard and revealing himself to be a shape-shifting artist who is still growing, and who has fully shed his skin as a vulgar internet cowboy. Can we be friends? Sam Rock.
Igor stylized in all caps is the fifth studio album [a] by American rapper Tyler, the Creator , released on May 17, , through A Boy is a Gun and distributed by Columbia Records. Produced entirely by Tyler, the album follows the release of Flower Boy. Igor received widespread acclaim from critics and debuted at number one on the US Billboard , becoming Tyler's first US number-one album. The album's lead single " Earfquake " became Tyler's highest-charting US Billboard Hot single, peaking at number Work on the album began in , with Tyler initially writing the song " Earfquake " for Canadian singer Justin Bieber and Barbadian singer Rihanna , who both turned down the song.