Thursday, July 26, 2012

Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE (2012) – Review

Review: Frank Ocean first came into the public consciousness as both a member of Odd Future and as a songwriter for many of R&B and pop’s best acts. channel ORANGE, Ocean’s debut, builds off his wonderful mixtape nostalgia, ULTRA showcasing both his silky voice and excellent songwriting. While pop music seems to be sloppy with mostly frivolous and meaningless lyrics picked for their catchiness rather than being something real, Ocean offers his listeners a deeper poignant look into himself. His stories search his soul and have a very personal touch that is very welcoming. Musically, Ocean also has a great and different sound (I really love the 8-bit stuff). His album is not just another cookie-cut mix of the same tracks we have heard over and over in the last few years. If anything, channel ORANGE is original, deep and intimate. This is the album pop music and R&B has been waiting for and needs, establishing Ocean as not only one of the great new artists in the genre but also (along with The Weeknd and The-Dream) one of the best artists right now. This album is a must for fans of pop and R&B. 4/5

Essential Tracks:
1)      Pyramids – Produced by Malay
2)      Thinkin Bout You – Produced by Shea Taylor
3)      Lost – Produced by Malay

Available on CD and Digital Download

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