Arguably the best album to come from Tyler, The Creator, “Flower Boy” is colorfully produced, well written, and much more meaningful than his past work. Tyler explores themes of loneliness, isolation, outgrowing his friends, and his sexuality. With a number featured artists like Frank Ocean, Estelle, and Lil Wayne, the album takes you on a ride from smooth, jazzy tracks to punchier more rap based beats. The centerpiece of the album “Garden Shed” speaks of Tyler’s notion that he needs to hide his true feelings. “See You Again” and “Glitter" are both capable love songs with catchy hooks like “Can I get a kiss and can you make it last forever?”. "Boredom” and “911/Mr. Lonely” also have catchy hooks but have a mellower production and different subject matters. The closing track “Enjoy Right Now, Today” is a solemn instrumental that leaves the listener with time to collect their thoughts of the album. Although many older Odd Future And Tyler fans hate the album and prefer his older “angry” music, there’s no doubt that “Flower Boy” is one of his best projects and give listeners a lot to look forward to.
By David Paul G. (Teen Volunteer)