Tyler, the Creator - Cherry Bomb
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Based on 21 reviews
2015 Ratings: #646 / 771
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Based on 434 ratings
2015 Ratings: #471
April 13, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
HipHopDX

For better or worse, Tyler is consistently trumping the opinions of tastemakers. Cherry Bomb is less theme-based than past releases; rather an amalgam of the artist’s varied ingenuity to date.

80
NME
His past albums have been weighed down by gloomy self-analysis, but here he sounds upbeat and free to experiment.
80
XXL

Cherry Bomb is both sinister and playful; impressive and all over the place ... Cherry Bomb is his greatest achievement thus far, solidifying his place in the game, with or without the conspicuously absent Odd Future crew. 

70
Complex

Cherry Bomb is Tyler's greatest creation to date. However, the album is bit of a mess in the beginning, and while Tyler's grown immensely as a producer, his rapping isn't consistently up to par.

70
AllMusic

Returning customers who like Tyler the ringleader, or Tyler the producer, will find this to be too much of a good thing, and can embrace the free-form Cherry Bomb as another freaky trip worth taking.

70
Clash

When Tyler allows these strengths to shine through, 'Cherry Bomb' is provided with its best moments. If anything, the album is held back by his ambition – imprudent testing falls short of his usual standards.

70
Rolling Stone

Tyler still spends at least half his rhymes reminding us how few fucks he gives, and his bright new sound often comes spiked with petulant noise. But a certain humanity peeks through.

67
Consequence of Sound

It’s an album defined by contrasts: Noisy convulsions pile up alongside jazz and soul grooves, poppy melodies are offset by intentionally muddy mixing elsewhere, and Tyler’s foreboding growl is occasionally rendered cartoonish via effects.

67
Pitchfork

His greatest strength has always been world-building, using a synth-heavy blitz of candy-colored jazz chords taken straight (sometimes blatantly so) from the Pharrell handbook. Cherry Bomb isn’t exactly a hard left turn from this lane, but it is a quick swerve.

60
Spin

Cherry Bomb is both impressive in its ambition and absolutely stunning in its aimlessness, weaving countless genres into multi-part suites but still coming off undercooked in its entirety.

60
PopMatters

Musically, Cherry Bomb finds Tyler taking a step in the right direction by ever-so-slightly removing himself from the world of his early albums and mixtapes, but it’s only a half-measure.

60
The 405

Perhaps because he has branched out in so many different directions, it should be no surprise that Tyler has landed both his best and worst efforts on the same album.

60
Slant Magazine

He's a talented but conflicted voice, still frustratingly incapable of getting it together.

60
The Skinny

Ultimately there’s too much going on, and in what looks to be a vintage year for hip-hop, Cherry Bomb quickly scatters rather than leaving behind any indelible statement.

60
The Guardian

If you like Tyler, you’ll love Cherry Bomb. It’s a good title for this near-hour’s worth of fizzy sonics and lush eruptions of synths and strings.

58
A.V. Club

At 24 years old, Tyler still hasn’t outgrown his teenage urge to alienate, and he still demonstrates the compulsive need to sabotage his own victories.

50
Exclaim!

Tyler's moments of flight on Cherry Bomb are sadly no more frequent than ones in which he's falling.

40
NOW Magazine

Cherry Bomb is rarely rewarding, but there are instances where this obnoxious fuck has clearly put some thought into what he's doing.

30
The Needle Drop
OF'S Tyler, The Creator comes together with an album of ultra-distorted hardcore hip hop and smooth, lush neo-soul.
exception
18
what the FUCK was this production? easily one of the worst produced albums that i have heard this year. its faux-hard, and sometimes even faux-soft. there is no direction in this LP, and its just straight up bad. the opener was the best track on this album, tyler had some nice bars and the production wasnt as awful as it was on other tracks, but still bad. was this supposed to be listened to while insanely high on cocaine? some of these songs were just unnecessarily long and the chorus ... read more
PipePanic
92
Fair warning: I know that I'll be the only human on Planet Earth who genuinely likes this album start to finish. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the off the wall crazy production, or earth loud, abrasiveness and almost punk-esq rapping in some tracks, or it could just be Tyler's explosive personality. But for me, this is a fun and explosive ride that fully delves deep into the mind of Tyler, the Creator. Cherry Bomb indeed.

Favorite Jams: CHERRY BOMB, DEATHCAMP, BROWN STAINS

Lest ... read more
PreeMo
74
Overhated af...some great production and really good song ideas...but the GOAT-level mastering on some songs (*cough* sarcasm *cough*) and it's sporadic nature are huge detriments...
ElectricMess
77
A for effort
ZacharyWills785
95
God this album needs more love
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Track List

  1. Deathcamp
  2. Buffalo
  3. Pilot
  4. Run
  5. Find Your Wings
  6. Cherry Bomb
  7. Blowmyload [feat. ScHoolboy Q]
  8. 2Seater
  9. The Brownstains
  10. Fucking Young
  11. Smuckers [feat. Kanye West and Lil Wayne]
  12. Keep Da O’s [feat. Pharrell Williams]
  13. Okaga, CA
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