Channel Orange (stylized as channel ORANGE) is the debut studio album by American R&B singer-songwriter Frank Ocean. It was released on July 10, 2012, by Def Jam Recordings. After releasing his mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra the previous year, Ocean began writing new songs with Malay, a producer and songwriter who then assisted him with recording Channel Orange at EastWest Studios in Hollywood. Rather than rely on samples as he had with his mixtape, Ocean wanted to approach sound and song structure differently on the album. Other producers who worked on the album included Om'Mas Keith and Pharrell Williams. Its recording also featured guest appearances from Odd Future rappers Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, the Creator, vocalist/songwriter André 3000, and guitarist John Mayer. Noted by writers as musically unconventional, Channel Orange draws on electro-funk, pop-soul, jazz-funk, and psychedelic styles, as well as nonmusical sounds such as film dialogue and ambient noise that function as interludes. Vocally, Ocean uses a free-form flow as well as alternating falsetto and tenor registers throughout the album. His songwriting explores themes of unrequited love, decadence, class, and drugs through the use of surrealistic imagery, conversational devices, and descriptive narratives depicting dark characters. He titled the album as a reference to the neurological phenomenon grapheme–color synesthesia, through which he had perceived the color orange during the summer he first fell in love. To prevent Channel Orange from leaking onto the Internet, Ocean and Def Jam released the album digitally one week earlier than its publicly announced date. It was promoted with five singles, including Ocean's highest charting single "Thinkin Bout You" (number 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100) and a supporting concert tour in July 2012. Channel Orange debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 and sold 131,000 copies in its first week, eventually selling 621,000 copies in the US by September 2014. Critically, it was the best-reviewed album of 2012 and the year's top-ranked album in numerous critics' lists, including the American Pazz & Jop and the British HMV Poll of Polls. At the 2013 Grammy Awards, Channel Orange was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Urban Contemporary Album. Since then, it has featured in several professional lists ranking the best albums from the 2010s as well as all time.Wikipedia
This is in the 1001 top albums?
I haven't really delved into Frank Ocean's music before, there's only a couple of songs that I knew before listening to this album. But this album is SO good! I can't get over how good it sounds, from start to finish. Highlights were Thinkin Bout You, Sweet Life, Pilot Jones, Pyramids, Lost, Bad Religion. Definitely rate it 5/5 stars. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. This might very well be my favourite album I've been given to listen so far. I'm definitely going to be listening to more of his music after this.
Effortlessly cool. Talking about a past lover, kids who just don’t understand living life and it’s troubles, a girl having to go work the strip club...none of it feels forced. This album rules
Legit mad that I'd never listened to this before now. Incredible from start to finish. The run from Pyramids to Pink Matter is *chef's kiss*. As soon as it was over, I wanted to listen again - a first for me in about 120 albums. Didn't even mind the long run time. Can't believe I missed out on 9 years of listening to this.
Channel Orange is an amazing album and Frank Ocean is incredible. Flawless production, Frank Ocean's voice is so full of depth - the sound, the raw emotion, the range. Even the lyrics in this album are amazing, he really knows how to literally put you into his shoes as the listener and feel like you're experiencing the songs as you listen.
The dire ramblings of someone with too much time and not enough tune
Absolutely horrible. Words cannot express how much I hate this music. Something about the R&B wharble is like nails on a blackboard to me. I can't listen to it.
Just boring. It took me about 1 minute per each track to be sick of it.
This music is the soundtrack for the beginning of the degeneration of music and society as a whole. This goes hand in hand with instagram slut culture and signifies the move away from the rock and indie movement into the faceless, pointless RnB/hip hop and mumble rap of the current age. Paving the way for morons like Takeshi 69, Post Malone and Travis Scott, It has also spawned a social acceptance for hyper feminism such as Meghan thee Stallion and Cardi B. Nasty Ass Pussy. Music is an 808, syncopated, hi-hat/snare arrangement away from utter devastation and failure as a concept.
5/5. Sometimes people are right
great album to cry to - ‘thinkin bout you’ is a masterpiece - his voice is gorgeous - arguably more honest and raw than Blonde - incredibly produced and composed.
Listening to this brings me back to being 16. For some of us, this album was one of the biggest deals in all of high school. I first heard of Frank Ocean when my friends told me about this album and how it had dropped a week early. What an event this record turned out to be. We all had our favorite songs off of it. I gravitated towards the Elton John sampling "Super Rich Kids" and it's narrative of decadent ennui, the epic "Pyramids," with it's multiple phases and fried-beyond-recognition John Mayer guitar solo, and the simple bliss of "Forrest Gump." And of course, "Thinkin About You." We all loved that song. It closed out prom that year. I'll always be more of a Blonde guy if we're looking at complete albums, but Channel Orange, to this day, has some of my favorite songs ever on it. And, maybe more importantly, it's one of those albums that acts as a time machine for me, back to a time of halcyon togetherness. Can't be go lower than a 5.
I was enjoying it for the first few songs but by the end, I felt like I was listening to the same song over and over again. 3.5.
Squeaky Usher. Like R Kelly, but without all the noncing (probably).... I mean, we don't know the real reason Ocean's 11 was called that. Still, ...better than Ocean's 8. Both in terms of the film and the connotations that I'm trying to imply, which are, that Frank Ocean nonces 8 and 11 year olds.
El disco no solo es una mierda si no que además es terriblemente aburrido.
Classic - Thinkin About You, Sweet Life, Pyramids and Bad Religion are my favorites, but every non-interlude track is great.
Smooth af. Actually put me in a better mood.
I fully agree with the hype! Lyrics and songwriting miles ahead of anyone in the genre and a well put together album beginning to end
This will always be a great album. Would be a nice one to have on vinyl.
This is such an amazing album. I'm glad this gave me the reminder to listen through again.
One of the top albums of the 2010's and up there in my top 20 of all time.
BOMB ASF ALWAYS
5000000/5 love u frank
Already love... RnB GOAT, unequivocally
Great album. 0 bad songs and really high highs. Favorite song: Pyramids
Not a bad track. Feels like an unfolding story. Stripped back. Almost perfect.
This album is brilliant
played this once way back but as background noise BUT NOWWWW DAMNNNN BOYYYYYYYYY THIS IS GOOD ASS SHIT MMMMMMMMM
9/10. This was pretty good. He has a nice voice. Beginning of Super Rich Kids had me worried because it sounded like Benny and the Jets for a moment.
Really good, would relisten. Couldn't always make out the lyrics but sounded nice anyway. 9
Huge album, I love basically everything about it but for some reason I just can’t bring myself to give it a perfect score, I think because I want it to be more cohesive than it is. 9/10
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Heavy bias here because I've spent hours and hours with this album (and Blonde) and good ol Cole Cuchna via the Dissect podcast. Everything about this album - the open letter coming out backstory, the double meanings, the skits, the instrumentation, the album cover, the song sequencing, the themes - is considered and layered with meaning. But its also not tedious or cold. Restrained, surreal storytelling. Unique production. Cleopatra in a strip club. Features are sparse but exactly where needed- numb rich guy iambic verse from Earl S, extremely tasteful John Mayer interlude, show stealing Andre 30000. If I didn't have a deep history with Frank I'd probably score this lower, but I do so A+
Love this album
this album is very good I like it I think it is his best
This album is almost ten years old which is WILD! I listened to it a ton driving around LA when I was there for work. I remember how revelatory it was at the time that Frank Ocean was bisexual—it was a first and was considered pretty dramatic. And here we are 10 years later and it doesn’t feel like a big deal at all. And this album? Such a boo from top to bottom. I hope Ocean makes more. Sometimes we have to wait for good things.
Me gusta mucho, aunque no sé bien explicarlo. E igual me asombra que haya gente que lo eleve tantísimo a Frank Ocean, pero quizá sólo sea mi ignorancia. Mientras, lo disfruto. Entre mis favs: "Sweet Life", "Pyramids", "Lost" y "Bad Religion" 9.5/10
One of the best albums of the last 20 years
I liked this way more than I thought I would
This is one of my favourite albums, to the point where I was listening to tracks from it earlier today before this glorious website assigned me Channel Orange. If you want Channel Orange to be deep, it can be. You can sort the songs into pairs, consider Mr Ocean's exploration of his sexual identity and his telling of stories from different corners of society, both as a slice of life and a metaphor of his own experience. Or you can just take every song on their own, feeling sad or loved-up or defiant or introspective as the feeling takes you. "Bad Religion" stands as a glorious cornerstone of the album and ever fails to make my eyes leak. And best of all - this isn't even Frank Ocean's best work.
The album is just a great vibe. Easy listening and suited to so many occasions.
Este álbum me sorprendió mucho, ya que no soy muy fan del R&B, pero me encontré escuchándolo como unas tres veces. No creo que algún otro álbum del género llegue a tener esta calificación por mi. Hay algo respecto de los arreglos musicales que lo hace diferente. No es sólo rap y no me pareció tedioso, además el uso de sonidos ambientales como el Play Station del intro le dio una textura especial. No le presté demasiada atención a la letra, pero después de leer el artículo de Wikipedia creo que debería. Mis canciones favoritas fueron “Pyramids” y “Super Rich Kids”.
This is one of my favorite albums. Almost being 10 years old, it still holds up. By far one of the best albums of this century.
A great album that seems to keep momentum all the way through. Forrest Gump is one of my favorite songs of the past decade. Pyramids is a 9 minute journey.
Damn this is good
Hooked right out of the gate. The hits are massive, drums sound great throughout.
Oooo boy now this is a certified classic. Ocean has clearly already established the mainstays of his discography by this point, with the evocative yet sensitive lyrics and achingly beautiful vocals that underpin each song. "Pyramids" is just plain epic. I love this album!!!
What a please to be assigned this album today. This was something I had on repeat back when it was released. Every track is a banger!
4/03/2022 Today's Album: "Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean - This album is dense, extremely well executed, and packed with a ton of instrumental personality, so it definitely took a few days and a handful of listens to really "get" it. This album is phenomenal. These are really expressive and rich R&B tracks that cover a veriety of subject matters with suprising levels of nuance and with tons of layers of meaning in every line. From a surface level listen, you're met with likeable tracks that fuze pop and R&B with fantastic production and suprisingly listenable heavy sub-bass. Frank's vocals are fantastic on every track, the choruses are quickly learnable and given the hundreds of listens on each track, Frank is obviously a big heavy hitter in the pop scene. Going into the tracklist, there are a lot of times where the themes of drugs, past relationships, racism, systematic inequality, etc. that are all over most albums in this genre and the broader hip hop and rap scenes show up, but in a way that is very interesting to the listener. For instance, the first song of the album, Thinkin' Bout You explores the regret of past relationships by asking their first love if they still think about them, but his lyricism makes it hard to determine if this is an ongoing relationship or one that has already ended, adding to the message. The track Fertilizer is a short poppy interlude with only one line of lyrics, but the meaning of it is one of a partner feeling like they must continue with a relationship despite them being treated like shit. The name Fertilizer is also a play on words, implying the only connection in this relationship is when Frank and his partner have love- less sex (Fertilizing Her). The song Sierra Leone covers seemingly all of the emotions surrounding an unplaned pregnancy, with Frank having to come to turns with his immaturity and grow up to raise a child, the financial and familial struggle of dealing with an unplanned child, and even the relationship Frank has with being a father given how his father left him when he was young. The track Super Rich Kids is not only a fantastic sounding song, but it covers the troubles of young wealth and all of the mental, interpersonal, and legal issues related to someone having vast amounts of wealth when they are young. Pilot Jones and Crack Rock both cover the issues related to drugs and homelessness in America in great depth, with the former being from the perspective of Frank dealing with a parter that is dealing/addicted to drugs. The 10 minute track Pyramids is a great examination into the tarnished identity of black women as they were stolen from their home continent and were bastardized by the west. The first part is about the capturing and exploitation of black woman slaves right from the African Population and the second part is about the modern day black woman and how many have been reduced down to hookers and strippers. This track also sounds phenomenal from start to finish and features some amazing instrumental moments. Lost covers the drug industry further, this time with Frank taking the perspective of a man forcing a woman to mule drugs by putting them inside of her Double D sized breasts. It sounds immature and cliche upon first listen, but after understanding the premise it is a story of a young woman who is unable to escape a world of drug trafficing that she is already too far deep within. Monks is Frank examining his fame, but through discribing a drug fueled sexual encounter he had with a handful of groupies from one of his shows. One of the heaviest hitters, Bad Religion, compares a romantic relationship to a religion, as Frank finds this partner he once worshiped gone from him now. Like many tracks on this album, he describes these past relationships in an absolutely heartbreaking way, shedding light to the parts of a relationship that most dont think about. Pink Matter is a beautiful track that uses relationships and specifically a woman's womb to contemplate desire, fantasy, and even existentialism. It is an example of another pattern of this album, where Frank seems to be simply singing a love song, but there are several deeper meanings underneath simply talking about vaginas or boobs. Forest Gump is a light-hearted track from the perspective of Jenny from Forest Gump, being a metaphor for Frank's first love, who he later admitted was male and the final track End ends the album in a similar way it started, with background chatter and noise as Frank is musically switching through memories like TV channels. From an instrumental and musical standpoint, there are some moments that feel a little underdeveloped on this LP, but the diversity of sounds and melodies alongside solid instrumentals and lyricism that are so layered it can take hundreds of listens to fully comprehend make this album just fantastic from start to end. Themes of first loves, past toxic relationships, drugs, pregnancy, status, wealth, and power are all brilliantly meditated on under the guise of an R&B pop album and I really just cannot emphasize how well it is pulled off. This album is getting me really excited to check out Ocean's other music and about 80 percent of the tracks here are going to find their way into my library. Listen to this one if you like R&B, pop, heavy bass, great vocals, smart lyrics, or any/all of the above. Score: 9.5/10 Smart, Beautiful, Excellent. Highlights: Thinkin Bout You, Fertilizer, Super Rich Kids, Pilot Jones, Pyramids, Lost, White, Monks, Bad Religion, Pink Matter, Forest Gump.
Byrjar á autotune í Thinkin' bout you (mest spilaða laginu) og ég verð fyrir vonbrigðum, en svo lagast það og platan reynist svona líka góð. Mjög gaman að hlusta og ég mun gera það oftar.
goated. absolute classic. one of my favorite albums of all time by my favorite artist of all time. 0 flaws.
Love this one. There are actually more killer tracks than I remember (Thinking Bout You, Lost & Super Rich Kids are my top 3, but there are 8 or 9 very decent songs here). Even the weaker or interlude-y tracks contribute to the bigger picture though. There's this kinda modern, minimal, slightly spacey thing going on that takes me to some specific place and time it's hard to describe (probably southern California, near future; somewhere affluent and hi-tech but slightly unsettling nonetheless?) 4.5
I didn't get into Frank Ocean until this past December (2021) because he got a ton of universal hype across indie review websites and I would always be almost insulted when I would see him atop "Best Indie Albums" lists. I would think- "Is this hip hop guy's album really more monumental for indie music than the Strokes "Is This It"?" or I would question "Frank Ocean is more indie than Neutral Milk Hotel?". But then in December I heard one of his tracks covered live and I was like "oh man is THIS Frank Ocean? The time has come." Frank Ocean is the Fucking Shit with a capital F and S, and Channel Orange is a masterpiece. To me he has that one magical thing about his voice that he could sing literally anything and it would sound beautiful, hip, emotional, contemplative, and cool. His persona only adds to it- he rarely gives interviews and keeps a bit behind the curtain, he's so cool that he performs on SNL and his guitarist in the back - in the dark - is John Mayer, he even announced his sexuality via his personal Tumblr by just saying "4 Summer ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too." (It's a beautiful short thank you note that you should check out if you haven't and are a fan. I love how frank he is about it in an environment where being gay or bisexual isn't so widely accepted)... he's just a cool guy. "Thinkin Bout You", "Super Rich Kids", and "Lost" are modern classics! This is an album where I would love to have had a rating system out of 100 instead of out of 5. To me it's hard to say that this album is only a 4/5 because that's an 80/100. It's also not a 5/5 or 100/100 like a few others on this list are, but I think that it's closer to being a 5/5 than it is a 4/5 so I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt.
Wheeew I listened to this one about five times in a row and I think it's actually a masterpiece. Like, he makes legitimately artful music without taking himself too seriously. The beats draw you in, the lyrics are thought-provoking, and his voice is like buttah.
This is simple. Frank Ocean writes some of hip-hop/ R&B’s sexiest stuff. Two standout all-timers inhabit a total package that brilliant and really quite lovely.
one of the GOATS. endlessly listenable.
"Channel Orange" is the debut studio album from Frank Ocean following up his previous year's mixtape album "Nostalgia, Ultra." Frank wanted a song structure change as he didn't wanted to solely rely on mixtapes. He primarily co-wrote and co-produced with Malay but also had collaborations with Om'Mas Keith, Pharrell Williams and Tyler the Creator. Quite the company. That probably also partially explains the vaiety of styles. The music was noted as unconventional for R&B drawing electronic, funk, pop-soul, jazz, pyschedelic, film dialogue and ambient. All those styles are heard. The themes, and this is important for the flow of the album, are unrequited love, decadence, class and drugs. There is an order to the songs as they are pretty much grouped into the thematic categories listed above. The songs within each category are connected with interludes including spoken word or everyday sounds or sometimes go from song to song. This is quite a big but rewarding listen. A lot of times, the story is told in narrative style from different points of view and it's obvious a lot is taken from Frank's personal experience (or is it). The album begins with an interlude of noises including video games and doors opening into the first of the five singles released, "Thinkin' About You." Electronic, funk, a ballad, a slow atmospheric drumbeat, soulful singing. This reminds right away of Stevie Wonder which is heard frequently throughout the album. Frank goes from his tenor to a falsetto and back, another technique heard throughout. The song was originally written for Bridget Kelly and was about Frank's admitted first attraction and love to a 19-year old man. "Sweet Life," is the third single and in the area of the album whose theme is mostly about class and in particular about living and wasting your time on the beach in Southern California. Great keyboards, soul, jazz. No doubt it's influenced by his collaborator Pharrell Williams. The ghost of Stevie Wonder is heard again. "Super Rich Kids," the fifth single continues the class theme with young, wealthy characters and fake lives. Earl Sweatshirts contributes in this more soulful song. The second half of the album starts a more drug-themed focus. The nearly 10-minute epic and second single single "Pyramids" uses the imagery of Cleopatra, pyramids and strip clubs for a love story of a pimp and one of his lovers. Great, great production and maybe the centerpiece of the album. More dance and EDM sounding. Pyschedelic, soulful. Quite a song. "Lost" immediately follows and is my favorite song on the album. A more traditional rock and pop structure. Great synthesizer and vocal chorus and drumbeat. It is about a relationship and mentions his cocaine-smoking girlfriend. Heavy stuff lyrically. This album is quite the achievement. It is not only considered by many as one of the best albums of 2012 but of the 2010's. Getting into this the album is a lot ( a lot here) but days like this makes ths challenge rewarding, especially when you get into and listen to something like this.
I mean cmon
Fantastic album, probably one of the most important albums of my musical journey and I would say a front to back masterpiece.
This album has definitely grown on me hard since I first heard it, I think in large part due to my own expanding musical palette. As a born-and-bred classic rock kid this album just did not work for me years ago. Now, with the experience of listening to a much wider array of genres, I can not only appreciate Frank's excellent songwriting, but how he blends so many disparate sounds into his RnB style. Pure excellence.
Taler for sig selv - en moderne klassiker
Amazing soulful, clever song writing and performance - I don’t know how I had passed on Frank Ocean but I sure do regret it. This album is great, end to end, and gets better with every listen.
Holy shit, 5 easy. Reading the reviews we've clearly got a lot of boomers and/or racist homophobes listening to this list.
Oh no! It isn't indie rock or music made in the late 60s/70s! What will we do! All music is ending as we know it! Some of the reviews here are hilarious. Maybe we should have stopped evolving music when the first caveman struck two bones together and called it a xylophone. Banging album, took the trends around the time and distilled it into a coherent masterpiece of modern music.
One of the best albums of the 2010s. Channel Orange was one of the first major albums to openly discuss same-sex relationships sounded fantastic at the same time. Thinkin Bout You is beautiful, Super Rich Kids is good commentary, and Pyramids is an absolute epic. Plus this may be the only time we hear John Mayer on this list and he provides two excellent guitar solos (White and Pyramids). Frank Ocean delivered a classic on his debut and it's a shame that his music was never really this focused again.
Though I prefer Frank’s next album, Blonde, which is a bit more experimental, I can’t deny the quality of this album. Frank’s voice and song writing are top tier and there are so many classic songs on here. I just want everyone to take a minute to appreciate Earl Sweatshirts poetic wordplay on Super Rich Kids. “Alright, close your eyes to what you can't imagine We are the Xanny-gnashing Caddy-smashing, bratty assy He mad, he snatched his daddy's Jag And used the shit for batting practice Adamant and he thrashing Purchasing crappy grams with half the hand of cash you handed” 🔥🔥🔥
This album is so good - definitely was trying to remember all the amazing details pointed out in that dissect series
25th October 2022 Listened a couple of times while working in the office upstairs. Tom and Anna came round, tv evening. Soulful rap, achieves that rare thing nowadays of rapping and being soulful and hard.
Omg. A ptoato flew around my room
Best orange album
One of my all time favorite albums and a true modern classic.
A really unique, memorable album that has already proven quite influential
Everyone on my colleges "class of 2025" insta page lists Frank Ocean as one of their favorite artists, so when this was generated, I checked it out just to know what all the fuss was about. And yeah, this album is excellent. Great mood, interesting songs, chill vibe. Great album.
solid RnB record
This was chill and moody and perfectly alternative RnB. I really liked it.
Found the potato meme. Aaron Burr bedroom pop. Cool and spacey, will have to listen to more and remember to not act like Frank Ocean is underground.
Something nice and slightly more modern.
That's some good shit
hmm chill vibes and good for bgm
I like this album a lot. Super Rich Kids
Reallllly good - I should listen to more FO
not exactly blonde but it will do you know
Soulful mellow album.
Took me back, still love this album and gave me some nostalgia.
Haven’t listened to this album in a while. It was nice to come back to it.
5/5 for groundbreaking and timelessness, good to listen to on a rainy day
Great listen! Loved Pyramids.
Nice, modern, timeless classic. This will be an album to remember the 2010's in the upcoming decades.
Liked the second half more than the first, good vocals and some interesting production throughout
Pretty good, very strong overall. Blonde beats this as an album, but both are well matched track-for-track. 7/10
Honestly nothing special but overall good. 4.2/5
One of milestones of new hip hop, with beautiful r&b, soul pieces. First half of the record is just perfect
Omg JAAAA TACK. Bebisen🥰🥰 Hade satt 4,5 om det gick men nu får det antagligen va en 4/5. Lost, Forrest Gump, White, Thinkin bout you
Not what a normally listen to but I enjoyed it!
Is this one of the best 4s so far? Probably yes. I am really surprised how well the album sounded. The melody with a differnt genres, including rap. There are some flaws, which tear it a bit down to make it a 5. But maybe one day...
Some juicy tracks that get under your skin 🍊
Absolutely cracking stuff - only knew one or two tracks and will be back to this
3/5 nice chilled album 😎
Was a favourite of mine anyway. Pyramids is a stand out track.
This album hits on so many notes, and serves as a great solo effort from Ocean. He finds his voice and leaves us with multiple ear worms and a well-crafted album of lyrics.
1. Start- intro track, very short. Loving the Playstation start up sound- very nostalgic. 2. Thinkin Bout You- the Frank Ocean song I am already the most familiar with. This is a nice slow jam that really shows off his voice. I love the lyrics in the chorus- "Do you not think so far ahead cause I've been thinking bout forever". These do such a good job at summing up unrequited love or just a personality that is constantly thinking about how things could be and how frustrating it can be to be with someone or pine for someone that doesn't think like that. 3. Fertilizer- another interlude. It sounds like a jingle for a commercial. Not much else to say! 4. Sierra Leone- Interesting lyrics about an accidental pregnancy? Some really pretty string instrumentation in the background and of course his voice sounds great. I do think I'll need more time with this song but I don't hate it. 5. Sweet Life- Obviously about wealth and privilege- "Why see the world when you got the beach?" kind of sums it up! I like the chorus of this song a lot. Interesting that "sweet life" kind of subtly sounds like "sweet lie". Obviously satirical and critical of this kind of lifestyle and how it's not all it's chalked up to be. I like Pharrell's production on this a lot. 6. Not Just Money- yet another interlude with a voiceover this time. Good commentary on how money actually can buy happiness and stability. 7. Super Rich Kids- love this one. Starts out kind of like "Bennie and the Jets". I love the blinker sound in the background- ties into the previous interlude. Wealth seems a little darker but still fun in this song. Basically these kids can do whatever they want but they're lacking love and care in their lives. 8. Pilot Jones- About getting high for sure. Appreciate it but it's not my fav track on the album right now. I definitely like the simplicity and airiness of it. 9. Crack Rock- Definitely a song about drugs, but not in a positive light. Also a little bit about police brutality. Not my favorite on the album sonically but the lyrics are very important. 10. Pyramids- This is a LONG song. I like the electronic sounds in this song. I love this song. Even though it's long, it's captivating the whole way through. I can vibe to this all day. Nice guitar from John Mayer at the end, too. 11. Lost- love everything about this song. One of the poppier, catchier songs on the album for sure. I get this stuck in my head a lot. So smooth. 12. White- All instrumental but I like it. It's soft and jazzy. 13. Monks- I think this song is about a groupie. It's going to take a little bit more time to grow on me. 14. Bad Religion- Ooh this one is a bit more dramatic- his voice sounds great here. I love the lyric "If it brings me to my knees it's a bad religion". That sentence is worth a thousand words! I also love that you could interpret this song to be about literal religion or about unrequited devotion to a person. 15. Pink Matter- Definitely a slow jam. I love the guitar in the background- very subtle but adds so much to the song. I love Andre 3000's rap, too. It ends very abruptly. 16. Forrest Gump- Clever metaphor here- "Forrest Gump, you run my mind boy". Musically not my favorite on the album- it's pretty simple. 17. End- Slower jam. Definitely just an outro. I feel like it kind of ends the album on an add, abrupt note. A lot to process but for the most part I enjoy this album a lot!
I really tried to like this album. I've listened to it a couple times, and most of the time I just find everything about it so boring. Some of the tracks are so iconic and holds a special place in my heart, but other than the nostalgia I just really don't think it's that good of an album. Great lyrics and some good messages but they are almost always accompanied by repetetive beats and at times horrible vocals. It's definitely worth a listen though. Ok it has to be a 4 I just haven't listened enough:))
Missed this album on Monday, and I know I love it.
I have to stop thinking of this guy as the love child of Frank Black and Billy Ocean. He's not. And his music is nothing like those guys. This is a surprisingly good album. I don't know why I was reluctant to believe the hype.
Already heard, really like this album. Favourite tracks include Crack Rock, Sweet Life, Pyramids and Super Rich Kids. Probably an 8/10
Surprised by this. Not typically something I would listen to but so liked it
Frankie mega fajny
AAAA MOTHERFUCKING FRANKIE OCEAN
Pretty relaxing, just some weird beats occasionally
Surprisingly good, very soulful.
Smooth than mfer
Fun. Groovy. Had some cool moments. Talented vocalist.
Chill, relaxed hip hop.
ta golfo ahora a teñirse el pelo
Im using 1001albumsgenerator, which gives you an album a day to listen to. I'm kind of on a hiphop streak so I thought i'd use the hiphop only option. Frank is one artist who I've barely listened to but got the hype. I thought Blonde was decent, and as I am liking it more, I still didn't really go beyond there. I wasn't hyped for this album, really. I just thought it would be a more earlier blonde, but seeing features like Earl or André, and production from Tyler kind of put my hopes up. And this hiphop + Alternative R&B does not dissappoint. I really do just adore Frank's singing in this record. Sweet Life, Thinking Bout You, & Monks are all great. In my opinion, I feel like these are more accesible songs and I think the the themes Frank pushes using them are more likeable. "Bad Religion" is very interesting to me, with its themes of unrequited love as a cult. Getting a spur of the moment therapy session from his muslim taxi cab driver. The specifics and just scenario of this song is great. And by god, "Pyramids" is one of the most recent songs to just, surprise me. Instant 10/10. Its first, almost lucid production blew my mind, and Frank'a vocals over this 2 part, 10 minute song is amazing. "Pink Matter" with 3 stacks is just beautiful too. Tackling more themes of love, and how "pink matter" is the substance that makes up our love & affection in our brains is great. The bass really compliments André's smooth raps. All I'm saying is that this is a great R&B album. I kept getting more surprised by each song. 8/10 (As of July 7th, 2021) Best Tracks: Start, Thinkin Bout You, Sweet Life, Super Rich Kids, Pyramids, Lost, Monks, Bad Religion, Pink Matter, Forest Gump, End Worst Track: None
Very good modern R&B, but I don't hear the "absolute classic" in it that a lot of online reviewers seem to. Well worth a listen, but it's not a new favorite of mine or anything like it.
I’ve always wanted to listen to Frank Ocean. 2. This Song is fantastic 5. I really love this 7. Love this too. It’s interesting contrasted with the previous track 14. Obsessed with this I’m not sure I really get this album but it was good.
An album that I would not have listened to without it being suggested, which I guess is the whole point of the platform. At first, I found it to be a little bland and uninvolving, far too preoccupied with samples, microbeats and other musical gimmicks. But then I began to "hear" the pleasing quality of Frank's voice and it became more of an enjoyable listen. By the time I reached "Lost", I realised that I would need to listen to the whole thing a couple more times before I settled on a judgement. Being tenacious in order to experience new music has been rewarded.
Heard of Ocean before this but didn't know his stuff. R&B singing isn't my favorite, but he's talented. More interesting were the beats, synths, and layers. Interesting listen.
Hadn't really listened to Frank Ocean before, I enjoyed this album. Delivered far above my expectations. There was subtly and nuance here that was entirely unexpected. Just because something is popular doesn't mean it is derivative.
First time listening to Frank Ocean. He’s been very famous for very long and every time I hear his name I think of it as a sign I’m getting more out of touch. This album seemed very post modern, pulling from a lot of places, video game, TV, radio interludes. Early on in the album is felt too soft, too Pop R&B and i wasn’t feeling it—the sentiments and vibes of modern R&B doesn’t speak to me. Then I’m the middle of the album he has a run of great songs: Rich Kids, Pilot Jones, Crack Rock and Pyramids is a run of fives. Pleasantly surprised, there’s a lot of depth there, but overall a bit long and everything wasn’t a banger.
I remember everyone getting very excited by this at the time of release. I like it, the voice is great the production is great. That said, I still don't quite "get it" - the thing that elevates it from good to great.
Just pressed play. Don't know anything about this record. Not sure I've heard anything on it. I generally like hip-hop/rap when it feels chill. So, I dig this. He's got a great voice. That falsetto is really great. I love it. The production sounds like there is a blanket over the speakers (see the snare sound in "Sierra Leone") and I really like that. Feels like a warm summer night.
Hui, hier dann mal sehr ernsthafte (bis jetzt die hier bei weitem größte) Konkurrenz für Kanye. Man weiß erstmal gar nicht, wohin man gucken/hören soll und kommt auch bis zum ganz großen Hit - Pyramids - kaum aus dem Staunen raus. Toller Gesang, fantastische Soundscapes, Melodien die man erst kaum wahrnimmt und die einen plötzlich weit raus tragen. Und das alles viel feiner gesponnen als beim Irren mit dem Messiaskomplex, dabei aber nicht weniger aufrührerisch. Nur gegen Ende wurde es mir etwas lang, mag aber auch an allgemeiner Müdigkeit gelegen haben. Kratzt hart an der 5!
Une belle découverte, meilleur que j'aurais pensé. Définitivement à réessayer et réessayer Blonde.
It’s a chill r&b album
Great album, great vocals, catchy music
Rating: 7/10 Did not expect a PS1 intro sound on the first song. Strong beginning! I remember "Thinkin Bout You" being played constantly on the radio, overexposed me to it, so I might rate it lower based on that. "Fertilizer" is a great bridge-song. Really digging "Sweet Life", a super funky/groovy song. The bass lifts the entire song. Also really liked "Super Rich Kids". I'm a sucker for long songs, so "Pyramids" is totally my jam. That guitar at the end, and that keychange in the middle of the song. So good.
Crazy debut album. Jams all the way through.
pretty nice actually
Added. Good album but not consistent. Worth another listen or two.
I love Frank Ocean, really good album.
Debo decir que para ser de este género y de ese estilito de música sensualosa y con toda la intención de usarse para coger, este disco no me pareció nada malo. Y tenía malas espectativas porque encima de lo anterior, recuerdo que cuando salió toooooooooodo mundo estaba mame y mame y mame y mame con Frank Ocean y su Channel Orange, así que me predispuso, y la sorpresa fue positiva. Sigue sin ser mi género favorito, pero acepto que nunca se vuelve aburrido o fastidioso y no más por eso alcanza las 4 estrellas.
Monks has a great bass line Lost is the catchiest shit ever
Good! I liked it, I'm not the biggest R&B fan so it's not the kind of music I would choose to listen to if I had nothing else, but it's cool how Franko uses different mediums of sound on the album
Why are all these RnB albums so long? Well, there's a clear reason: Songs in the Key of Life. But why that album? Well, it's really good. Yet a further question: why draw from the same well constantly? Now that I have a harder time explaining. Admittedly, RnB has never really been my jam. I really don't feel myself prudish, but I have never considered that that what soul music needed was a dosage of crassness. Now, I recognise that as just a lazy prejudice, so I welcomed the opportunity to have my options guided by this challenge. Frank Ocean has been the best so far, but I still have a few qualms. Firstly, why the length? Remember the mantra: long and thin goes too far in; short and thick does the trick. Sweet Life and Super Rich Kids are essentially the same song, so why have both? Theere's no bad track, but the length diminishes more than it expands. Secondly, some of the lyrical conceits don't quite land. The centrepiece, Pyramids, has Cleopatra journeying to the present and becoming a stripper. I am struggling to grasp the point being made. Or take Forrest Gump, and wonder at how it casts Forrest Gump as well fuckable. One wishes for a shade more quality control. Do not misunderstand me, this is a good album (whereas Ceelo Green... Is The Soul Machine is diminishing with each new album). But the listener need not fret that much if they decide to skip it.
I hear a lot of Gambino in Frank Ocean. Anyone who can do some genre bending and mix soulful lyrics with some silky smooth flow gets a pass from me. It gets some dings for being too long, and sounding a bit “more of the same” after the first half hour or so, but I had a great time listening to this. Super rich kids and crack rock are my faves.
CO is one of the best 2010s R&B records. I don’t come back to this one as often as I do Nostalgia Ultra or Blonde but it still has some solid tracks. This rating definitely gets a boost for how much I used to listen to this record.
Frank Ocean has a unique style that’s for sure. The consensus seems to be that there is no consensus to describe him. I’d go with lounge-y, amorphous hip hop. It’s no surprise that Pyramids is my favorite track as it is upbeat with electronic elements. Overall, the vibe is a tad too laid back for me. I’d like more of the Pyramids energy. However in the end, this is better than The Bends.
I rarely seek out or choose R&B, though I don't really know why. R&B can be so smooth, so filled with groove, and Frank Ocean is certainly no exception. I don't listen to enough R&B to understand what makes Frank Ocean stand out and deserve the accolades he has earned over the last decade. And this is my first exposure to his music, despite having been aware of his impact. But regardless, I really enjoyed this, and maybe should seek out Frank Ocean and other similar R&B more often.
Somehow I had never sat and listened to this album. Really stands out from most R&B for me.
Again not my usual genre but it's pretty great. Some fine hooks.
Would be 5 if it wasn’t so long.
Fortfarande, pyramids. ryser
Bra spridning på 'soundet', bra kvalitet på sampling:en. Både nyskapande och klassisk, riktigt bra album från någon som verkligen förstår musik. Platsar definitivt på listan men vet inte vad som hindrar mig att ge en femma, skulle kanske gynnas av att vara lite mer fokuserad? Också, inte samma skyhöga bangerratio som Blone, bara vetskapen att det albumet finns sänker detta album lite i sin helhet. Föredrar att lyssna på Blond som album, plockar hellre individuella låtar från detta.
liked this a lot
Još iz dana slušanja njegovog Blonde albuma ostala mi je u pamćenju neka vedrina kojom mu pjesme zrače, cijenim jako!
Started out indifferent, but as the guest musicians joined I found it much more enjoyable
I like frank. voice is smooth
Generated: 4:35, 27/02/22 Listened: 27/02/22 Notes: Have heard it before, twice in Feb 2022, a top 10 album. Favorite Song: Super Rich Kids HM: Lost, Thinkin Bout U, Sweet Life, Crack Rock Genre: R&B/Soul, Indie Pop Features: Earl Sweatshirt, Andre 3000, John Mayer
Soul progresivo. Un 4.
Slick, soulful rnb. I can appreciate how every element is polished and well done, but still not really my thing.
daadwerkelijk geluisterd, wel goeie, ga ik vaker luisteren
His voice is beautiful but it just doesn't quite do it for me like it does for others.
Listened to Ocean off and on. Strong album, with some great tracks. Not my usual style/genre
Liked this more than I expected. Bonus points for the PlayStation noise in the intro!
One of the best from the 2010s
When this album was first announced almost ten years ago, I took notice but a very, very long time to listen. The open letter, I'm ashamed to admit, drove me away. I wasn't prepared to face the fact that there were changes in the way musicians openly detailed relationships with the same sex and that it would inevitably, eventually, change the way we view ourselves. Channel Orange is the nucleus of which the way music (and Frank Ocean) is viewed upon as a beyond comprehensible experience. It's near hour odyssey is worthy of being considered the abundance of accolades it's been given. An essential listen. Favorites: Thinkin Bout You, Sierra Leone, Sweet Life, Super Rich Kids, Pilot Jones, Crack Rock, Pyramids, Bad Religion, Forrest Gump.
This is a great example of an album that is meant to be listened as a whole and not just individual tracks.
As brilliant as what Kanye and his fans think Kanye is.
I’m not a big R&B aficionado so I wasn’t sure how almost an hour long album might be. I put this on and was really surprised at the variety Frank Ocean incorporates into his grooves. Some really unusual drum parts, interesting orchestral backgrounds, psychedelic sounds and other interesting musical constructions and styles throughout. This kept my interest level high. The lyrics are interesting, often seeming almost conversational, and often dealing with some of the darker topics of life. This was all a lot more appealing than I had expected.
Frank Ocean has the voice of an angel and he’s great at writing one-liners. There’s a lot of different sounds and styles on this album (funk, soul, hip-hop, electronic) and it can almost be too much - it’s overwhelming to listen to straight through. But it’s ambitious and the highlights are incredible. Highlights: “Thinkin Bout You,” “Sweet Life,” Earl Sweatshirt’s verse on “Super Rich Kids,” “Lost,” “Bad Religion”
I was surprised to like this. Again, hip hop is a blind spot and listening closely has been somewhat of a cultural awareness experience for a middle aged guy with relatively narrow social exposure.
Soul progresivo. Un 4.
Delves into a rank genre of nonchalance, very smooth and easy to listen to. Well produced
I'm not sure if I'll come back to it, but I super enjoyed it while listening! The album had great flow and good variety
Smoother and more multi-layered than I would ever have expected.
Really enjoyable modern r and b album by frank ocean. The beats and synths are unique. The lyrics are pretty good showing relationship issues and that of being a younger person. Several of the songs on this are great and some will be classics. This album really put him on the map as an artist that makes special music. 7.9/10
i’d heard a bunch of the songs before, but this was my first time listening to the album as a whole. despite some awkwardness, this is brilliant and you can see how it influenced hip hop in the 2010s so well.
It’s a cool album but I didn’t feel it leaving a lingering impact
En jävligt stark fyra
i love his vibe and i love his songs. lost is unbeatable. a strong 7/10. i wasn’t a huge fan of the intertwined talking but i did love the album.
Very smooth and even in Super Rich Kids has a nod to Bennie and The Jets that I praised a few reviews ago. I'm 10 years behind, but this Ocean guy has a glowing future!!
8/10 Pyramids, damn
A to je Frank. Jebiga, kvalitetno je.