Tyler, The Creator has now released his sixth album, IGOR. Before the release, he posted on his Instagram a picture that reads:
“I believe the first listen works best all the way through, no skips. Front to back. No distractions either. No checking your phone no watching TV no holding convo, full attn towards the sounds where you can form your own opinions and feelings towards the album. Some go on walks, some drive, some lay in bed and sponge it all up.”Via Instagram @feliciathegoat
In order to fully appreciate the new album, I decided to follow Tyler’s suggestions. So, I sat in my room with my headphones on and phone in another room and got to listening. Considering there wasn’t much promotion and no singles, I didn’t know what to expect. But, as always, Tyler delivered another beautiful, well-articulated album once again.
According to Tyler’s wishes, I kept myself away from any forums and all social media in order to form my own unbiased opinions and feelings towards the album. So, uhhh…here’s my take.
Tyler is no stranger to concept albums and IGOR is another one under his belt. Though, I’m still unsure who exactly is IGOR. Tyler, before the album release, had painted IGOR out to be a political character with his sale of posters and lawn signs that read, “VOTE IGOR.” But, after listening to the album, I don’t see any political connection to any of the themes I picked up from the songs. What I did pick up on is that this album depicts a journey into a person, IGOR, being infatuated with a boy, but finds themselves competing with the boy’s girlfriend? ex? To that I’m still unsure what exactly this relation to the boy this mystery girl has. Either way, this boy seems to be keeping his relationship with IGOR low-key, thus driving IGOR crazy and confused. As Tyler’s listeners progress through each song, IGOR eventually finds his peace in getting over this boy. Or at least that’s what I thought until I reached the final song, “ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?,” where IGOR asks the boy, “can we be friends?” This song had me questioning, “Did IGOR really find peace with this boy or is this just the start of him getting over him?”
Overall, I enjoyed this album a lot. It was an interesting storyline with lovely music accompanying it and vice versa. Some honorable mentions were the second track, “EARFQUAKE,” which featured the popular rapper, Playboi Carti. This is one of my personal favorites. Playboi Carti’s voice just fits so perfectly along side a Tyler, the Creator beat. Which is something I would’ve never expected, but am so glad exists now. I also love the third track, “I THINK,” with the catchy drum sequence and Solange’s vocals. I highly recommend that track. Following is the seventh track, “A BOY IS A GUN.” I fell in love with this song right away from the first listen to the snippet Tyler posted online before the release. I love his take on sampling the 1971 Ponderosa Twins Plus One’s song, “Bound.” Because of course we all know it’s been sampled before in Kanye West’s “Bound 2.” Finally, the final twelfth track, “ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?” This song was refreshing from the jazzy instrumentals to the powerful chorus.
If you still haven’t listened to IGOR yet, I hope I have convinced you to now. Please leave a comment below telling me your take on this album. Who is IGOR to you? Who is this girl? Who is the boy? I’d love to finally hear other people’s opinions on this after abstaining from hearing your feelings so far. Now I’ll be patiently waiting for good ol’ Fantano’s review! OK smell you laterrr!