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Wolf

Tyler, The Creator

Wolf

Third self-produced album from LA hip hop rapper and producer Tyler Okonma

ADM rating[?]

6.9

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
01/04/2013
US Release date
02/04/2013
  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Wolf is both a departure and a refinement for Tyler, combining his best traits in such a way as to nearly eliminate his weaknesses
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  2. 8.6 |   The AU Review

    The album is revealing and never not entertaining
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  3. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Tyler’s uncertainty about what kind of content to tackle, and how he should tackle it, makes Wolf an expansive listen, bubbling over with alter-egos and irreverent stories
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  4. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    While lots of other rappers hit on a sound and exploit it over the course of the album, Wolf doesn’t have that instantly recognisable noise to it
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  5. 8.0 |   Fact

    Tyler still might not have something new to say, and while he’s certainly trying, the real story of his third album is his production, which has taken an outsized step forward
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  6. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Wolf's mix of retro soul, moody synths and backwards beats doesn't add up to his masterpiece, but the fan-stalker narrative "Colossus/The Bridge of Love" is his own "Stan"
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  7. 8.0 |   The 405

    While there are moments of silliness that break up the intensity, this is very much an album stuffed with home truths and explorations into his own psyche that may be just too much for a casual listener
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  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    This then is Tyler’s best offering yet. It may not have the global appeal of his OF stable mate’s ‘Channel Orange’, but it is certainly his most accessible and enjoyable
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  9. 8.0 |   music OMH

    As a whole, Tyler’s third album demonstrates that he does not need to rely on shock value alone to carry his music
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  10. 8.0 |   NME

    Better beats, deeper storytelling
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  11. 8.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    The misogynistic, hate-filled teenager is slowly turning into a deeper artist and right now, that makes him one of the most exciting hip hop talents on the planet
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  12. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    At its best, Wolf manages to make the inroads toward accessibility that Goblin wouldn’t and pulls it off without sacrificing too much of Tyler’s refreshing capriciousness
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  13. 7.5 |   The Quietus

    Wolf is Tyler's album through and through, a mostly diverting document of juvenile delinquency that defines him better than any prior musical effort
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  14. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Tyler is his own worst enemy, of course. But the buoyancy of the production and the overall intrigue of hearing him struggle with his idle hands prevent the album from getting mired down in too much vanity
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  15. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    At times he presents himself so evasively that it’s hard to tell if he actually wants anyone to listen to this album at all
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  16. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Tyler said he meant this album to be listened to while kicking back and lighting up. If that's the goal, it's one he's achieved
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  17. 6.0 |   State

    This is the music that nightmares are made of. Don’t go in alone
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  18. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Tons of supposedly ironic sexism and homophobia. If you can get past that tic, there's plenty to admire on Wolf
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  19. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    While Wolf definitely feels like progress on some fronts, it's also a resolutely conservative effort, marred by a neurotic sense of self-involvement that recalls Eminem at his worst
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  20. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    After three albums of unfiltered angst, the one-time wildcard now seems like a stubbornly static figure
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  21. 5.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Of all the Odd Future talent, Tyler may be the most enigmatic, but it appears Earl Sweatshirt and Frank Ocean will be the only true legacy from the movement as a whole
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  22. 5.0 |   Spin

    His increasing fame has made him (more) bitter and walled-off; his insistence on still shocking us threatens to reduce him to a joke
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  23. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    Tyler's a singles band. Buy the good tracks and the collaborations with other Odd Future stars and ignore the album as a whole
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  24. 2.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    An appallingly bad album.
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