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Flower Boy

Tyler, The Creator

Flower Boy

Fourth LP from the Odd Future rapper, featuring guests including Frank Ocean, ASAP Rocky, Anna of the North and Lil Wayne

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
Odd Future
UK Release date
21/07/2017
US Release date
21/07/2017
  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    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
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    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
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  3. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    On Tyler’s sincere and most accomplished album, he gets to the essence of what he's been chiseling at: the angst of a missed connection, the pain of unrequited love, and navigating youthful ennui
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  4. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Flower Boy is a major departure, both in subject matter and maturity level
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  5. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    A case study in how humility and self-doubt can impact an artist’s end-product
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  6. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Easily Tyler, the Creator's most emotionally risky, and rewarding, work to date
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  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    All the imperfections and risk-taking of Tyler’s past efforts bloom into fruition now on his most beautiful and open record to date
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  8. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    What matters most about Flower Boy is how it stacks up as an album. And it does so very well. Maybe even as the best Tyler, The Creator album to date
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    Tyler has exorcised the demons that dominated ‘Bastard’ and ‘Goblin’, and found real sense of balance, perspective, and cohesion. As strong a final act as ‘Flower Boy’ would be, here’s hoping it isn’t
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  10. 8.0 |   Crack

    Like the tangerine orange splashed cover art, musically Flower Boy’s feels like the brightest technicolour incarnation of Tyler we’ve ever seen
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  11. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    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
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  12. 8.0 |   NME

    Backed by a supporting cast of R&B superstars and bright newcomers, it’s a record of long, lazy summers; sitting back and staring at the clouds
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  13. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Revealing reflections on loneliness and ennui rub shoulders with teasing hints about his seemingly equal-opportunity sexuality
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  14. 7.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Flower Boy introduces us to a new Tyler that seems interested in cultivating lyrical and sonic beauty instead of testing his listeners’ tolerance for profanity
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  15. 7.5 |   Prefix

    A fascinating LP from Tyler, The Creator that finally delivers a cohesive, singular vision from the Odd Future leader
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  16. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Regardless of whether Tyler has fully matured as a person (spoiler: he thankfully hasn't), the growth exhibited with Flower Boy shouldn't go unnoticed
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  17. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It’s fine. It’s more of the same. It seems to be needing something more. An extra spark of interest
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