“IGOR” by Tyler, The Creator worth the listen

The album is a strange twist on a the usual pop/R&B vibes.

The album is a strange twist on a the usual pop/R&B vibes.

Hanna Andersson, Staff Reporter

The album IGOR, with a total of 12 songs, is the newest release from Tyler, The Creator. On May 17 it became his fifth studio album, and it is said to be one of his more emotional ones.

In the song “GONE, GONE/THANK YOU” part of the lyrics says “thank you for the love, thank you for the joy, but I will never want to fall in love again,” and one can only speculate, but this most likely has something to do with a break up. The lyrics of almost all the songs goes along the same lines.

Regardless of what Tyler, The Creator had in mind when creating this album, it has received a lot of response. Listening to the songs, they all have interesting, experimentative beats and melodies, which adds to the slight feeling of surrealism in his music videos. You can tell that he made an effort to be creative and artistic, and I think it works here. The music video of the song “EARFQUAKE” has a retro vibe with fashion that reminds me of the 70’s, and while it is a little bit confusing it is intriguing.

I believe that some artists take the confusion part of their art to the extreme these days, and rather than sparking curiosity they just leave a sense of uncomfortable dissonance. In this album Tyler, The Creator definitely has some peculiar tunes but I still think he keeps it coherent enough to be relatable. The lyrics makes sense for the most part, and as mentioned before they are on the same theme which gives the album a feeling of wholeness.

The album as a whole seems thoroughly worked through, honest and creative. When listening to it, the transition from song to song is many times unnoticeable which is good if you don’t want the music to feel interrupted. I would say that it is more on the calmer side. The more you listen to it, the more it grows on you and distinguishing the many different sounds gets easier.

My favorite song of the album must be “GONE, GONE/THANK YOU” because it is very interesting throughout the whole song and it sounds like nothing I’ve heard before. This was the first time I’ve listened to any of Tyler, The Creator’s music and I was positively surprised. I think everybody should give IGOR a chance, regardless of music preferences.