AOTY 2021
Tyler, the Creator - IGOR
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2019 Ratings: #24 / 770
Year End Rank: #5
User Score
2019 Ratings: #1
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent

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.

95
Earmilk
Tyler has put away many of the rowdy characteristics of the past and has evolved into a musician that structures a consistent body of work song after song. These are back-to-back albums now that are cohesive from front to back while never taking a dip in the quality of production.
91
Consequence of Sound

By closing the door on the philosophies and musical approaches he used to take, Tyler discovers an open window, leading him to new, peaceful strength and mastery of his craft.

90
Highsnobiety

Within the framing of Tyler, the Creator, IGOR does feel like a triumph, the best of both worlds, a balance between the crazy kid he was and the precariously stable adult he’s still trying to become.

90
The Needle Drop

IGOR is easily one of the best breakup albums of the decade.

90
AllMusic

The productions are as nuanced and judiciously tricked out as they are on the previous album, adjusted to enhance all the agitation and grief, yet it's all ear candy -- spiraling synthesizers, vaguely psychedelic flourishes, and bumping drums galore. Roll down the windows, crank it, and keep the tissue on the armrest.

90
Crack Magazine

On IGOR, Tyler is at his most vulnerable and heartfelt, and it suits him perfectly.

90
Spill Magazine

Tyler, The Creator’s newest effort, IGOR, demonstrates just how gifted the 28-year-old artist really is.

88
HipHopDX

On IGOR, Tyler showcases a more polished iteration of the hazy pop he’s been perfecting for years.

85
Spectrum Culture

Igor is a triumph, another feather in the cap of an artist whose real aim has always been to emote, not provoke, and who has made his vulnerability an expansive palette from which to draw in an exploration of the shades and contours of his own emotional canvas.

80
Clash

With his sixth album ‘Igor’ Tyler again not only pushes himself, but what hip-hop should be in 2019.

80
Pitchfork

Tyler, the Creator’s sixth album is impressionistic and emotionally charged, the result of an auteur refining his style and bearing more of his soul than ever before.

80
NME

‘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.

80
Rolling Stone

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.

80
NOW Magazine

In a tight but varied 39 minutes, Tyler is exploring the sonic terrain in Flower Boy with a narrative concept that, like a non-relationship, feels endless and all-encompassing, then hard not to put on repeat.

80
FLOOD Magazine
Each track is like an act of a play, so the record is both a fleshed-out story and a vibrant character study, with Tyler opening up about new facets of himself and blurring the line between fiction and autobiography—one of the songwriting techniques Tyler does best.
80
musicOMH

It’s an intriguing album with few dips, and it adds up to Tyler, The Creator’s best work to date.

80
Under The Radar

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.

78
Sputnikmusic

It's the clarity of vision and production quality that called Donuts to my mind, but really IGOR is comparable to every instance good or bad where a rapper has stepped outside the box they made for themselves.

74
Paste

Tyler attempts to up the ante on IGOR and he succeeds to a large extent.

60
The Guardian

It’s no bad thing that Igor downplays Tyler’s indomitable personality – but the writing and execution do not quite replace what has been lost. What’s left is a fine showcase of ingenuity that too rarely burrows very far into your consciousness.

PipePanic
92
It's weird how we disapprove of Stans for artists like Ariana Grande because they flood the reviews, but at the end of the day we are the just the same.

Anyway, we Stan Tyler the Creator and his seemingly endless creativity.

Tyler could have literally done anything with this project. Like anything. Coming straight off of Flower Boy, the album that expanded Tyler's potential from dark, distorted and demented persona to pop star in seemingly hours. So the question with this record, which had no ... read more
JacksonLerner
98
‘IGOR’ is the pinnacle of rap-production: placing poetry, samples, ad-libs, feelings, and concept art into an intelligently crafted lover’s narrative. tyler creates an album truly capturing the human condition.

what sticks out, to me, are the breathing sounds placed throughout the album; they implement a humanistic element in the music.

breathing is used to hype up “NEW MAGIC WAND”, in warning for the dracula drop in “WHAT’S GOOD”, expressing ... read more
exception
62
Might as well invite the BTS bots back with all these empty perfect ratings.

This album is by no means bad. In fact, I couldn't pick a least favorite song. Tyler remains consistent across this project by creating mediocre songs; the best part of the album is Playboi Carti's appearance on Earfquake. What Tyler proved on Igor is that he values aesthetic over substance. There is a very clear theme and sound to this project, remaining pretty prominent on all 12 songs. But that sound and ... read more
Inglume
55
Okay, this is actually pretty damn good.

Probably the most well-developed, interesting Tyler The Creator album yet, even though it may not be the most hard-hitting or immediately satisfying release. Igor definitely borrows some sounds from Flower Boy and Cherry Bomb, but the overall execution and concept of Igor makes it incredibly distinct from the rest of Tyler's discography, a very promising change in pace for Tyler. The once dark, edgier persona has shifted into a more soulful, artistic ... read more
eliiscool5
100
Music, am I right? So frustrating at times, that just makes you wonder if you should probably go interact with people instead. Yet so amazing at times, that just makes you wonder if this is what your life was destined to, every decision you’ve made, every step you’ve taken, all wrapped up in this huge butterfly, that’s now present in your stomach, as the sound insinuates into your ears, a strong yet sensational breeze, an absolute fleeting experience that makes every awful or ... read more
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Added on: May 6, 2019