2LP Vinyl – XLLP529
There are a lot of expectations placed on Goblin, namely, that it will serve as a potential crossover. But while that might have been the hope for a lot of those industry co-signers, or even a lot of listeners, it’s clearly not Tyler’s intention. Goblin does not sound like a record made by the goofy, smiling kid with the pulled-up tube socks riding Jimmy Fallon’s back. Instead, it’s a natural sequel to Bastard– a dark, insular indie-rap album. Where Bastard was more accessible and inviting, this album is bleak, long, monolithic, and can be a slog to get through. It’s also uncomfortable and brave– a brutal but honest look at Tyler’s image of himself.