Opening with loud, messy, distorted production, "Cherry Bomb" is considered Tyler, The Creator’s most “experimental” album.
Most of the album follows a similar format as the first track “Deathcamp” with distorted guitar chords and production over vocals, to the point where the vocals are inaudible in some tracks. For example, the song “Cherry Bomb," you can just barely hear Tyler rapping in the background. A few tracks in you take a break from the distorted vocals and production, and “Find Your Wings” comes along, a simple, soul-oriented track with a clean instrumental and smooth, flowing vocals from Kali Uchis and Syd Bennett.
The second half of the album is, in my opinion, much better. With songs like “2seater,” “F’ing Young,” and “Smuckers,” which he got Kanye and Lil Wayne to do a feature on; it’s a much more enjoyable listen, being able to hear the vocals. The album closes with “Okaga,Ca,” a solemn ending with vocals from three different singers: Alice Smith, Leon Ware, and Clem Creevy, and a short verse by Tyler near the end. It’s clear to see why “Cherry Bomb” receives so many mixed reviews, but it’s definitely worth a listen.
By David Paul G.