“CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST: The Estate Sale” - Tyler, The Creator Album Review

Story posted April 4, 2023 in

The sneak peek to the extension of Tyler The Creator’s award-winning album was the pre-released tracks “DOGTOOTH” and “SORRY NOT SORRY.” They embodied Tyler, The Creator's smug but charming personality where he challenged societal stereotypes and emphasized the importance of family.

As always Tyler went above and beyond for his fans and released eight additional tracks that failed to debut in his previous album.

“CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST: The Estate Sale” is a refreshing reminder of Tyler’s most popular hits like “WILSHIRE” and “RISE!” (feat. Daisy World). Exciting features like Vince Staples and A$AP Rocky are also included in the artist’s March 31 release.

The songs in this collection told the story of Tyler’s way to the top and how he regularly had to question people's intentions.

Tyler explores his own life when speaks on the downsides to being in the spotlight in his song, “WHAT A DAY.” The importance of ignorance in his line of work is emphasized when he said, “Put yourself first if you’re livin’ with a dream be your biggest cheerleader.”

The song incorporates a high-pitched whistle that is somewhat unsettling. This wary melody combined with Tyler's classic ad-libs reminds us to always be present and nurture ourselves the same as we do others.

“WHARF TALK” (feat. A$AP Rocky) was a smooth transition with a similar melody but the mood of the song shifted. In this score Tyler sings to a lover he is longing for, stacked harmonies and a comforting beat with drums and keyboard give the song a carefree tone.

Tyler wanted to show his dedication to music and relate to his listeners by being honest with us and himself. One could say some songs aired out his dirty laundry because he owned up to mistakes from his past as well as calling people out for their own.

As stated in his song “BOYFRIEND, GIRLFRIEND” (feat. YG) he longs for a person to love. Feeling lonely with millions of fans can be unbelievable for some, but it’s truly hard to find someone that values you and your success.

When you become famous many people are blinded by your wealth and influence, the first time listening to these songs their true meaning wasn’t so apparent. However, taking a deeper dive into the album makes you realize Tyler was trying to be more transparent with his audience.
 
His confidence and strife shine through in the album as he speaks about how he remained dedicated and confident in his work and never needed validation from others.

Tyler's traditional sound was evident while the cover art and promotions carried the same carefree traveler vibe from his last release. He always puts up a tough guy front however, in many songs he opens up and speaks on his love life and the knowledge he’s gained in his adult years.

This album was a perfect pick-me-up for audiences, as Tyler gets more mature he’s open to vulnerability and shows more emotion in his songs. It’s a fun listen if you enjoy his unique hip-hop/R&B fusion or value insight into the entertainment industry and the common conflicts we all face.

Rating: 9/10

Reviewer’s Favorite Song(s): “DOGTOOTH,” ” HOT WIND BLOWS” (feat. Lil Wayne)

Reviewer’s Least Favorite Song(s): “STUNTMAN” (feat. Vince Staples)

Francesca Arcuri is a third-year majoring in telecommunications. To contact her, email fma5269@psu.edu.

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