AOTY 2019
Tyler, the Creator - IGOR
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2019 Ratings: #23 / 609
Year End Rank: #10
User Score
2019 Ratings: #2
May 17, 2019 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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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
96
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
Inglume
81
Anyone who gives this below a 70 should be locked in a room with Corey Feldman! (Me: *gives it a 69*)
Okay, this is actually pretty great.

Review:
My experience with this album is one of the reasons why rushing a rating or review out after first impressions is not a wise choice by anyone, because this definitely took a bit of time to digest. I'm expecting a lot of differing opinions by the end of the week, whether good or bad.

Anyways, I think this is probably the most interesting Tyler The ... 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
CRAPREVIEWS
100
When those late night childhood commercials that creeped you out is put into music form, it's just beautiful.
I’m at a lost of words. Fuck

I can’t imagine hearing this shit at Camp Flog Gnaw. I’m so used to hearing all the Flower Boy performances. This a e s t h e t i c is going to so lucid and dreamy

NOTE: Tracks like Puppet give the story about love but give hints about how Tyler feels as an idol, or creator. “Is this my free will or yours?” Tyler as a ... read more
PcPowerUp
100
Coming fro someone who's never truly adored a Tyler LP before, this is beyond phenomenal. This surpassed all expectations and I am not only pleasantly surprised but also absolutely mind blown by how amazing this was. The LUSH LUSH LUSH instrumentation mixed with the AMAZING vocal contributions from everyone involved. This absolutely deserves NOTHING but praise. Not a single less than stellar moment on this whole record

BEST: IGOR'S THEME, EARFQUAKE, PUPPET, WHAT'S GOOD, ARE WE STILL ... read more
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#54/Billboard (2010s)

Track List

  1. IGOR'S THEME
  2. EARFQUAKE
  3. I THINK
  4. EXACTLY WHAT YOU RUN FROM YOU END UP CHASING
  5. RUNNING OUT OF TIME
  6. NEW MAGIC WAND
  7. A BOY IS A GUN
  8. PUPPET
  9. WHAT'S GOOD
  10. GONE, GONE / THANK YOU
  11. I DON'T LOVE YOU ANYMORE
  12. ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?
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