Goblin has been out for more than a month now and I feel as though this wonderful website needs something a little different to mix it up a bit, so here it goes. Goblin is going to freak you out plain and simple. There is enough creepy imagery here to make David Lynch want to call a psychiatrist for this kid. Speaking of psychiatrist, this is the second album where the primary manner in which the narrative is pushed forward is Tyler talking to his Psychiatrist. The album title is appropriate, as this CD is monstrous at a whopping 15 tracks and a length of an hour and thirteen minutes. Prog rap maybe? No, not really. The LP is just exploratory, and the length never even becomes a burden or an issue, so let’s get to the fun part. A foreword – the easily offended need not apply, this album is downright foul, disturbing, misogynistic, anti-religious (not satanic) and seemingly (possibly) homophobic in many places. Should you give Tyler a listen? Certainly but, be warned, this is an album not for the faint of heart.
If somebody ever asked you about Tyler the Creator, or at least to summarize his whole identity in one song, it would have to be “Radical” wherein he urges us to, “kill people burn shit and fuck school.” Tyler and his alter egos are about subversion, plain and simple. He is an excellent, capital E, lyricist who does not care about anything (supposedly). He is a musical anarchist who is clearly tired of the direction music, especially rap, has taken in the last decade. The music is ominous, dense and personal as Tyler let’s his innermost demons run amok on most of his tracks. In essence if you are looking for a “club banger”, well, I do not use internet lingo in my reviews but, laugh out loud. Comparing him to any of his contemporaries would not do him any justice, he does not even sound like a typical “West Coast” emcee. The music and beats are an ethereal mix of Kanye West style productions and The Neptunes inspired beats. Some of the must listens are: “Tron Cat”, “She”, “Yonkers”, “Radical”, “Nightmare” and “Sandwitches”.
Tyler is a good rapper and Goblin is a good CD; there are moments on Goblin that feel unnecessary where Tyler goes on strange, seemingly unrelated tangents. This adds a bit of depth, in that you really feel like you are sitting in on a therapy session. Do I agree with Tyler on the subjects he talks about, more importantly does it matter if you or I agree? Ultimately, this album is about Tyler and we cannot dictate how somebody chooses to express themselves, so the best thing to do is sit back and let him open himself up. warts and all… So yes, I highly recommend the album. Swag (I could not resist, forgive me).