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Album Review

Tyler, The Creator, 'Goblin'

May 9, 2011

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In just a few short months, the charismatic 20-year-old helmsman of irreverent Los Angeles rap collective OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) has drummed up enough anthropologically worded buzz to fuel a decade of doctoral dissertations. Now that he’s in the spotlight with a full-length on a major label, Tyler, the Creator isn’t slowing up — “Goblin’’ is the gory, vitriolic, melodramatic (and often fictional, he shouts on “Radicals’’) meditation on unrequited-turned-violent sexual and romantic urges and absent fathers that we’ve come to expect and crave. And the feedback loop only seems to make him angrier: “E-mail full of e-mails/ I never write back/ Ain’t kill myself yet and I already want my life back,’’ he raps on “Nightmare.’’ Embedded in the think-piece ammunition, though, is a very promising second album. Pairing beats both aggressively sinister and minimalist-sleek, Tyler — when he’s not bloating the album with narratives — continues to prove himself a capable wordsmith and beatmaker. His tortured rebel shtick might grow tired before he does, but those skills will allow him to forge on. (Out tomorrow) CARRIE BATTAN

ESSENTIAL “Nightmares’’

Odd Future plays the Paradise on Thursday.