Tyler, the Creator - Wolf
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2013 Ratings: #601 / 953
User Score
Based on 485 ratings
2013 Ratings: #203
April 2, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Wolf is often great, but there is something more lurking in Tyler.  The question is, do we care what that might be? 

80
The 405

The noises and production are smoother, lighter even, but the lyrical content is infinitely darker than his previous bluster. There's a grand, overt maturation on display.

80
FACT Magazine

With Wolf, Tyler, the Creator is exciting again: maybe not as the ringleader of the Odd Future empire, but as a producer who just turned 22

80
HipHopDX

Using Wolf as a platform to let his imagination run wild while remaining accessible, Tyler, the Creator displays maturation on his own twisted terms.

80
No Ripcord

There’s a lot more diversity in the sound of the album, and it’s there that Wolf immediately shines.

80
musicOMH

Tyler’s third album demonstrates that he does not need to rely on shock value alone to carry his music. We already knew he was a talented composer and producer, but Wolf suggests he now may just be the finished article.

80
DIY

It may not have the global appeal of his OF stable mate’s ‘Channel Orange’, but it is certainly his most accessible and enjoyable. As if he cared.

80
NME

'Wolf' suggests Odd Future, far from being a flash in the pan, are set to grow and grow.

78
Pitchfork

Wolf is still the balancing act between gruff cynicism and juvenilia that we’ve come to expect from Odd Future, but these songs are more three-dimensional. Tyler’s more likely to aim for melody instead of menace. 


 
70
Consequence of Sound

Much like real summer camp, there are moments of adventure, immaturity, boredom, love, self-discovery, and, of course, an underlying feeling that you don’t really want to be at summer camp anyway.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Wolf is going to be remembered as the record that sees Tyler deploying his tact as an astute beat-maker and a producer more than allowing his reputation as a Satan-worshiping neo-fascist to swell any further.

70
AllMusic

It's a fun album for fanatics, but the willingness to shock feels too comfortable at this point, so those who found it tiresome before will likely find it devastating here.

70
PopMatters

This album is so enjoyable on a musical level that my qualms with Tyler as a personality are essentially nullified, but I’m not sure that will ring true for most others. 

70
Under The Radar

It's complex, conflicted, and bipolar. Paranoid, even. Most of all, it reveals the harmless and empathetic character behind Tyler, the Creator's complicated persona. 

60
The Needle Drop

Tyler, The Creator returns from 2011's Goblin with a much more ambitious and worthwhile effort.

58
A.V. Club

After three albums of unfiltered angst, the one-time wildcard now seems like a stubbornly static figure, an impression that’s supported by his monochromatic self-production on all of Wolf’s 18 tracks, which rarely build on the synthesized strings and tranquilized pianos of his other releases.

50
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.

28
Beats Per Minute

Wolf succeeds magnificently at alienating the casual listener, but Odd Future die-hards will certainly find more things to love on this record than I have. 

MarcMothersole
80
Produced, written and delivered by Tyler, the Creator, "Wolf" feels like traditional Tyler given a new instrumental breath of life. Clearly inspired by neo-jazz band BADBADNOTGOOD (who are name dropped in track "Lone"), Tyler seems to have found a greater appreciation for instrumentation. The instrumentation on this project is a completely new approach from the rest of Tyler's "Camp Flog Gnaw" series. Instead of heavy drum and synths ruling over the project ... read more
PipePanic
92
Not only is the lyrical world Tyler creates here fun to explore and vibrant as hell, the music that accompanies this world is fun and punchy as hell, with many songs as explosive as they are emotional. A great concept album from hip-hops more creative figures.

Favorite Jams: Jamba, Pigs, Tamale

Lest Favorite: Cowboy
TheRootBoy
76
Not a bad album. Certainly a mile ahead Goblin. You can find off Wolf, Tyler’s new found direction in creating something colorful and vibrant. He stays true to his signature style while also incorporating new ideas with more “real life” themes. You don’t experience nearly as much distraction from his features as you would from Goblin. If you fell off of the Odd Future bandwagon, make sure to make a pit stop for Wolf.
kappachino
80
Straightest gay rapper
PatrickL0419
72
yeah man fuck this shit this album has a special place in my heart no matter how shitty some of the songs are
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Track List

  1. Wolf
  2. Jamba (Feat. Hodgy Beats)
  3. Cowboy
  4. Awkward
  5. Domo23
  6. Answer
  7. Slater/Escape-ism (Feat. Frank Ocean & Dave Matthews)
  8. 48
  9. Colossus/The Bridge of Love
  10. Partyisntover/Campfire/Bimmer (Feat. Lætitia Sadier & Frank Ocean)
  11. IFHY (Feat. Pharrell)
  12. Pigs
  13. Parking Lot (Feat. Mike G & Casey Veggies)
  14. Rusty (Feat. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt)
  15. Trashwang (Feat. Na-kel, Jasper, Lucas, L-Boy, Taco, Left Brain & Lee Spielman)
  16. Treehome95 (Feat. Coco O. & Erykah Badu)
  17. Tamale (Feat. Tallulah)
  18. Lone/Jornada
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