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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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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.
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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Despite his preference, I still find this album a must have for all hip hop humans! Thanks a lot!Published 14 days ago by florencia delacruz
I don't wish to go into detail why, but whether I think I have good taste in music, or I'm giving into the "hype", but I love ever track on this album which rarely ever... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great quality for the price. Also the pink vinyl is great treatPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brought this for my nephew it plays great and he loves it. I also love that it didn't take long for us to get it in the mail. Thanks!Published 6 months ago by Torie Lakie Palmer
This album is amazing. Crosses genres, haunting and catchy melodies, beats and hooks. Give us another one, Frank!!Published 7 months ago by jennie powe