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Tyler, the Creator, ‘Wolf’

Tyler, the Creator is starting to lose his shock value, and not a moment too soon. The gleefully violent and homophobic imagery from his 2011 album, “Goblin,” stole most of the headlines and launched him to infamy, and they occasionally turn up on his new LP, “Wolf,” but if you’ve made your peace with his artistry, the rewards are considerable. That doesn’t mean Tyler has lost the ability to surprise: Consider the decision to sandwich the incendiary “Trashwang” in between dabbling in rap-less electronic jazz fantasy on “Treehome95” and “Rusty,” where he addresses critics, fans, and himself in one showstopping two-minute verse (“Look at the article that says my subject matter is wrong, saying I hate gays even though Frank [Ocean] is on 10 of my songs,” he volleys back). And despite careering from one alter ego to the next and touching on everything from his absent father on “Answer” to the art of making campfire s’mores on the seven-minute “Partyisntover /Campfire /Bimmer,” there’s a broad vision and deft execution that holds things together much better than on “Goblin.” (Out Tuesday)

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