Review: Call Me If You Get Lost is a moving summer listen
California singer, songwriter and producer Tyler the Creator is back in the music headlines after releasing his eighth studio album, Call Me If You Get Lost (CMIYGL). CMIYGL is the follow-up project to Tyler the Creator’s critically acclaimed album Igor, which Won best rap album of 2020 at the Grammys and showed Tyler’s production skills really make sense. CMIYGL is full of heartwarming summer jams and hard-hitting bangers that are sure to be on your playlist soon. (You can find the entire CMIYGL track list here)
The album begins with SIR BAUDELAIRE, which is a low-fi freestyle rap in which Tyler poses the first theme of the album: success and exhibition. CMIYGL is full of flexibility on Tyler’s part, as he demands respect and talks about monetary and musical gains. SIR BAUDELAIRE is a good opening for the album and really sets the tone for what will follow.
After SIR BAUDELAIRE is one of my favorite tracks, CORSO. CORSO is a rap banger with good rhythm and a soft piano sound behind. In CORSO, Tyler talks about another theme of the album: a relationship he destroyed from the past. My favorite line from this song is: “In the end, she chose it, I hope when they leave she will still think of me because I’m perfect.” This line is backed up by a nasty synth sound that comes in and makes it really grainy and nicely rounded.
LEMONHEAD follows CORSO and it’s not my favorite track. It has a heavy trumpet sound and is very loud and punchy, which is not a bad thing. However, Tyler screams for two minutes at a loud beat, which I have heard time and time again. LEMONHEAD is by no means a bad song, but it’s not something I could listen to every day on my playlist.
After LEMONHEAD is perhaps the best song of the summer, WUSYANAME, which was describe by music critic Anthony Fantano as “a song that makes you feel like you’re sitting by the pool talking to a hottie all day.” I totally agree with Fantano as the song is full of sweet and fun energy and features Tyler’s self-tuned baby voice, which I adore. The biggest surprise on WUSYANAME is the feature of NBA Youngboy, which really matches the sound of the song when he sings and doesn’t try to rap too much.
Then you have LUMBERJACK, which dropped two weeks before CMIYGL actually released as a teaser. LUMBERJACK is a daring banger in which Tyler does some of his best raps on the album and is a complete 180 flip of WUSYANAME’s R&B. And after LUMBERJACK, there’s ANOTHER full 180 flip on HOT WIND BLOWS, which feels like you’re on a boat in Geneva. HOT WIND BLOWS is my favorite song on the album and features Lil Wayne, who absolutely kills her as always. It’s full of woodsy sounds and great piano sound as Tyler raps about stunting for everyone and traveling the world.
Then you have MASSA, which is another lead that fell a bit flat on me. I don’t have much to say about it other than that Tyler seems a little unenthusiastic and angry. However, RUNITUP comes right after MASSA and picks things up in a great way. At first he said, “I have always been confident in myself, I have never been nervous, I have never had anxiety, I have never guessed myself. If I want it, I’ll get it. This fits into both the themes of bending and ruining a previous relationship and is once again full of Tyler’s bragging about his success.
Perhaps the scariest track on the album, MANIFESTO comes next and has a ghostly vocal performance from Tyler and features an unsettling rhythm (in a good way). MANIFESTO is just another testament to Tyler’s productive talents and shows how far his rap has gone as well.
SWEET / I THINTH YOU WANTED TO DANCE is such a beautiful and amazing song. I can’t say enough good things about this sweet, summery R&B hit that’s 10 minutes of pure vibrating. This song is all about summer, the heat and the good times. I encourage you to put this song on when you go for a long warm walk with your windows down at sunset. SWEET also features a reused background soundtrack from Igor’s GONE GONE / THANK YOU, which I thought was a great reminder.
MOMMA TALK and BLESSED are both little interludes in which Tyler presents a speech from his mother and goes on to say that he’s lucky to be healthy and where he is. I thought it was a good addition because in an album where he is constantly wavering, it’s good to hear him being humble and grateful to have been blessed.
With four remaining tracks you have RISE !, JUGGERNAUT, WILSHIRE and SAFARI. TO AUGMENT! It’s a catchy and fun song that will have you saying “Please don’t go, please stay” all day. Tyler, of course, is talking about making it to the top in this song and proving everyone wrong. JUGGERNAUT is an underground sounding banger with a futuristic synth beat that stars Lil Uzi and is a listening roller coaster.
The last two tracks are WILSHIRE and SAFARI. It saddens me to say that I did not like WILSHIRE at all and that it is my least favorite track on the album. It’s ten minutes of Tyler telling the story of the relationship he destroyed, and it’s squeaky and hard to listen to. I understand wanting to put it in the theme and experience it, but I listened to it once and probably won’t listen to it again. On the positive side, SAFARI ends the album on an extremely positive note. It’s a song full of beautiful jazz and great rap from Tyler that has made every summer playlist I’ve made this year. SAFARI is a great way to end CMIYGL, as Tyler leaves us with the phrase “Wolf, call me if you get lost, and like that, we’re gone.”
CMIYGL is by no means a perfect album in my opinion and doesn’t quite reach Igor’s heights, but remains a fantastic addition to Tyler’s discography and surpasses Flower Boy. This album will be heralded for the next decade as a decadent and moving summer album that will tour each year in June. Overall, Call Me If You Get Lost is a good eight out of ten.
FAVORITE TRACKS: CORSO, WUSYANAME, LUMBERJACK, HOT WIND BLOWS, RUNITUP, SWEET / I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE, RISE !, WILSHIRE
LESS FAVORITE TRACK: WILSHIRE