Frank Ocean’s Album is A Smash Hit!
R&B Crooner Frank Ocean’s debut album Channel Orange is every hopeless romantics dream! With features from Andre 3000 of OutKast and a few singles really speak to me as an artist, I could feel the sheer honesty in the lyrics which is one of the many things that makes Ocean clearly rise above the “cookie cutter” R&B Vocalist that seem to honeycomb the industry. His lyrical skill is refreshing and imaginative and weaves itself into every tune on the album.
For starters, “Thinking About You“, the album’s most popular single has covered by fellow artists like Willow Smith and features smooth synthesizers, heavy vibrato and an infectious hook. It makes for a more than fitting love song.
A few singles I keep on repeat are ”Pink Matter”, which features a smooth rhythmic groove and a fantastic blending of acoustic guitar and lyrical musings of all things female. Along with Rapper Andre 3000’s vivacious lyrical sense, which makes for a chill or maybe even romantic setting and “Forest Gump”, which tells the story of a girl that rocks the brotha’s world so hard that he’s like Forest Gump in love with Jenny all over again.
One of the things I appreciate is Ocean’s ability to seamlessly open himself up to his audience. Just a few days before his album release he fearlessly released a letter he had written professing his love for a man. The world finally experienced a black artist opening up about his sexuality right on the jump of his debut album, instead of waiting years after his career was established.
Although quite risky, Ocean managed to prevail in the end because not only did people buy the album in droves, but it showed the true meaning of “being true to yourself”, and regardless to how the world feels about what was written in that letter, the world can never say the brother didn’t keep it real. Enjoy the album and since I hardly say this any more. Real R&B is making a comeback and I like it.
“Channel Orange” debuted at Number 2 in digital sales on iTunes and was followed up with a fantastic Letterman performance. Add Frank Ocean on twiter to keep up with his sold out tour dates and link up with his tumblr to hear an album snippet.
- Frank Ocean reportedly alludes to his bisexuality on ‘Channel Orange’ (thegrio.com)
- 10 Reasons to Get Excited for Frank Ocean’s Debut Album (lifeandtimesofscott.wordpress.com)
- ‘Forrest Gump’ And 17 Other Reasons Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ Is Unforgettable (pinkisthenewblog.com)
- Frank Ocean Pours His Heart Out on Channel Orange: Album Review (entertainment.time.com)