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Frank Ocean has character. He's rare. In a world that divvies up art by genre, that constantly seeks to quantify cool, he is impossible to miss, like a panda bear in a pine forest. And over the past year or so, he's become harder and harder to ignore. Frank had long labored behind the curtain—writing for Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend—but after hooking up with ... Read more in Amazon's Frank Ocean Store

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  • Audio CD (July 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B008CJ0KI8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
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There are so many good songs, and the album as a whole is a great listen.
What makes Frank Ocean so distinct from the saturated market of R&B artists, is his artistic approach to his music.
Every song is both meaningful and powerful with great beats and a soulful Frank Ocean voice.

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116 of 125 people found the following review helpful By mikedoeseverything on July 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD
First, the statement/announcement made on Frank Ocean's tumblr earlier this month...

It's significant and quite frankly, `Radical.' Right now, it's almost impossible to write a review without talking about, or at least mentioning, the letter. Read it if you haven't already. It's important. And at the time this review was written, tons of celebrities have already offered their reactions, read: Russell Simmons, Chuck D, Solange Knowles, Stephen Hill, and then, of course Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. And many others, to follow, I'm sure.

But enough about the letter. There's music to talk about and questions to answer. Like, is this album any good? Does André 3000 deliver on the track `Pink Matter?' And, what does the John Mayer collaboration track actually sound like? Let's start by answering all of that right now: yes, the album is very good. Yes André 3000 delivers (and more) on arguably, and probably, one of the better (if not best) tracks of this record. And John Mayer doesn't say anything because `White' is an instrumental track and it sounds like what you would expect: Frank Ocean and John Mayer, in the studio, jamming together. But the track is chill, virtuosic and pretty damn good. And for a track that doesn't seem to say much, it says a lot, even without any lyrics. But onto the album itself, as a whole.

First and foremost, for those not in-the-know, Frank Ocean is 24, he's an R&B singer, and yes, he is a member of the infamous Los Angeles-based hip-hop collective/crew/group/club (what-have-you) Odd Future Wolfgang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA). And when I listen to the record, I think R. Kelly and Kid Cudi and Kanye West, largely because Channel Orange sounds like all of the good things from all of those artists, (the singing from R.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on July 12, 2012
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Odd Future member Frank Ocean shocked everyone by choosing to release his channel ORANGE one week early exclusively on iTunes. He surprised some by his openness in regards to his sexuality, causing some industry prognosticators to question about career ramifications. Longterm effects take time to measure, but response to the early release was gargantuan, propelling Def Jam to distribute physical copies, urging retailers to sell immediately. Channel Orange is a very special `R&B' album; it is different from other R&B albums released in some time. Ocean's voice is a gem - soulful, nuanced, and commanding throughout - and throughout the seventeen tracks, Ocean never misses.

"Start," a :45 intro/interlude, gives way into the `alternative,' creative vibe Channel Orange subscribes too. A rather random palette of sounds characterizes it, including text message alerts. The `underground' side from Odd Future transfers here.

"Thinkin Bout You" is a tour de force. Minimalist, yet soulful, simple yet complex, "Thinkin Bout You" showcases modern R&B sans the gimmickry of Europop crossover trends that have come to characterize it. Ocean shifts between chest and head voice (falsetto) like a pro, making "Thinkin Bout You" a vocal masterclass. Add the power of the pen upon the refrain and the hit is realized: "Or Do You Not Think So Far Ahead/Cuz I been thinkin bout forever..." "Fertilizer," another odd-ball, :39 interlude follows, containing an old-school soul sound and some creative lyrics.

"Sierra Leone" is clever, playing not only upon the country, but treats `Sierra Leone' as a lady.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Slayer Fanboy on July 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I won't even go too in-depth with this review. The title is the whole point. In the days where electro-dance-house-pop is storming the airways and the iPods, Frank Ocean comes out swinging with a debut album with an odd freshness to classic R&B styles. He is refreshing, game-changing, and purely and simply certainly one of the greats. Mr. Ocean has LOTS of success in his future. He is candid, charming, sensual, silly, and heartfelt in his lyrics and delivery -- not to mention those super-polished imperfect pipes.

This album will be a classic, if it can't be considered one already. Do yourself a favor, and let Frank Ocean take you back.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Isarizal on July 17, 2012
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Frank Ocean's album "Channel Orange" is what R&B should be. Its production is creative, the lyrics tell a good story, and Ocean has a good falsetto and soulful voice. Too much R&B nowadays is generic and/or features uninteresting lyrics. The beats here are original sounding and ambitious, and the story telling here is atypical in urban music. The story telling is more typical of what you'd hear on an indie rock record.

From the start, I admired Ocean's talents as a singer and producer. Ocean is the only member of Odd Future whom I'm a fan of. I have mixed feelings about Tyler and the rest of the group. There's a lot of creative production in their work, but the sadistic lyrics spoil it (that's a whole other story).

The style of "Channel Orange" is comparable to some of Prince's earlier work, in that its R&B music with beats and production that are unconventional. A modern comparable work would be Drake's "Take Care" album. Like most of "Take Care", "Channel Orange" is always reflective and melancholy. There are no fun, upbeat, poppy songs here. Sometimes the songs deal with love, sometimes with socioeconomic issues. Vocally, Ocean follows the style of slow jam singers.

I don't think there was a single song that I dislike on this album. My favorite ones: "Thinkin Bout You", "Bad Religion", and "Forrest Gump" are ballads that reflect on relationships. "Super Rich Kids" tells the story of hedonistic, aimless rich kids. "Crack Rock" tells the story of drug-addled lady friend. "Pyramids" is probably the best song on the album. It is a 9 minute, guitar flavored track that probably mixes seven or eight different genres.

My only complaint is that the album is slow and mellow throughout and could have had a few more upbeat songs. Prince is an idiosyncratic R&B artist, and his 80s albums included lots of upbeat songs. Drake's album included several club tracks.

To those who say that R&B is dead, this album proves you wrong.
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Will someone PLEASE tell me what the point of track "White" is?
It's basically an instrumental of one of his songs on one of OFWGKTA's mixtape. It's also called "White" and it actually has lyrics. The instrumental on Channel Orange is basically the end of "White" on the mixtape. And no it has nothing to do with white people. It's on... Read More
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