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Channel Orange

Frank Ocean

2012

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Channel Orange

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3.37

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This is in the 1001 top albums?

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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.

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The dire ramblings of someone with too much time and not enough tune

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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.

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Just boring. It took me about 1 minute per each track to be sick of it.

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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.

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5

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

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

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.

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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.

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El disco no solo es una mierda si no que además es terriblemente aburrido.

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5

Classic - Thinkin About You, Sweet Life, Pyramids and Bad Religion are my favorites, but every non-interlude track is great.

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Good!

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Oh yes

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Great

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5/5. Sometimes people are right

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masterpiece

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Gold.

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A classic

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5

Smooth af. Actually put me in a better mood.

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5

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

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5

This will always be a great album. Would be a nice one to have on vinyl.

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Obviously great

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This is such an amazing album. I'm glad this gave me the reminder to listen through again.

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One of the top albums of the 2010's and up there in my top 20 of all time.

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BOMB ASF ALWAYS

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Great album

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5000000/5 love u frank

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Already love... RnB GOAT, unequivocally

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5

Great album. 0 bad songs and really high highs. Favorite song: Pyramids

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5

Not a bad track. Feels like an unfolding story. Stripped back. Almost perfect.

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This album is brilliant

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played this once way back but as background noise BUT NOWWWW DAMNNNN BOYYYYYYYYY THIS IS GOOD ASS SHIT MMMMMMMMM

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Life-changing. 10

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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.

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5

Really good, would relisten. Couldn't always make out the lyrics but sounded nice anyway. 9

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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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Legendary

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Ekstremetelt å jazzaktig

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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+

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Love this album

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this album is very good I like it I think it is his best

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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.

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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

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One of the best albums of the last 20 years

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I liked this way more than I thought I would

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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.

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The album is just a great vibe. Easy listening and suited to so many occasions.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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Catch AF

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Damn this is good

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Hooked right out of the gate. The hits are massive, drums sound great throughout.

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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!!!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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goated. absolute classic. one of my favorite albums of all time by my favorite artist of all time. 0 flaws.

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king

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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solid RnB record

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This was chill and moody and perfectly alternative RnB. I really liked it.

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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.

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Something nice and slightly more modern.

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That's some good shit

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Solid

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hmm chill vibes and good for bgm

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I like this album a lot. Super Rich Kids

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Reallllly good - I should listen to more FO

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not exactly blonde but it will do you know

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Soulful mellow album.

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Took me back, still love this album and gave me some nostalgia.

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Great

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Haven’t listened to this album in a while. It was nice to come back to it.

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5/5 for groundbreaking and timelessness, good to listen to on a rainy day

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4

Great listen! Loved Pyramids.

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Nice, modern, timeless classic. This will be an album to remember the 2010's in the upcoming decades.

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4

Liked the second half more than the first, good vocals and some interesting production throughout

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4

Pretty good, very strong overall. Blonde beats this as an album, but both are well matched track-for-track. 7/10

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Honestly nothing special but overall good. 4.2/5

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One of milestones of new hip hop, with beautiful r&b, soul pieces. First half of the record is just perfect

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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

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Not what a normally listen to but I enjoyed it!

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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...

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Some juicy tracks that get under your skin 🍊

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Absolutely cracking stuff - only knew one or two tracks and will be back to this

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3/5 nice chilled album 😎

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Was a favourite of mine anyway. Pyramids is a stand out track.

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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.

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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!

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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:))

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Missed this album on Monday, and I know I love it.

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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.

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Already heard, really like this album. Favourite tracks include Crack Rock, Sweet Life, Pyramids and Super Rich Kids. Probably an 8/10

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Surprised by this. Not typically something I would listen to but so liked it

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Cool album!

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Frankie mega fajny

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AAAA MOTHERFUCKING FRANKIE OCEAN

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Pretty relaxing, just some weird beats occasionally

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Surprisingly good, very soulful.

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Smooth than mfer

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Fun. Groovy. Had some cool moments. Talented vocalist.

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Chill, relaxed hip hop.

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ta golfo ahora a teñirse el pelo

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Une belle découverte, meilleur que j'aurais pensé. Définitivement à réessayer et réessayer Blonde.

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It’s a chill r&b album

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Great album, great vocals, catchy music

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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.

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Crazy debut album. Jams all the way through.

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pretty nice actually

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Added. Good album but not consistent. Worth another listen or two.

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I love Frank Ocean, really good album.

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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.

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Monks has a great bass line Lost is the catchiest shit ever

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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

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blonde better

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Somehow I had never sat and listened to this album. Really stands out from most R&B for me.

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Again not my usual genre but it's pretty great. Some fine hooks.

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Would be 5 if it wasn’t so long.

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Fortfarande, pyramids. ryser

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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.

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liked this a lot

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Još iz dana slušanja njegovog Blonde albuma ostala mi je u pamćenju neka vedrina kojom mu pjesme zrače, cijenim jako!

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Started out indifferent, but as the guest musicians joined I found it much more enjoyable

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4.5

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Enjoyed it.

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I like frank. voice is smooth

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4.25

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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

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Modern classic

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Chill vibes

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Soul progresivo. Un 4.

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Slick, soulful rnb. I can appreciate how every element is polished and well done, but still not really my thing.

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daadwerkelijk geluisterd, wel goeie, ga ik vaker luisteren

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His voice is beautiful but it just doesn't quite do it for me like it does for others.

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Listened to Ocean off and on. Strong album, with some great tracks. Not my usual style/genre

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Liked this more than I expected. Bonus points for the PlayStation noise in the intro!

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One of the best from the 2010s

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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.

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This is a great example of an album that is meant to be listened as a whole and not just individual tracks.

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As brilliant as what Kanye and his fans think Kanye is.

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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.

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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”

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Decent.... this appears to be the gateway album to a lot of dirge that followed in the genre!

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not a fan of r&b but the album stands out

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Better than I thought it'd be.

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Good album frank

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Good album, not my usual choice but I liked it.

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A bit annoying at first, not used to this music. Halfway through it's actually kind of good. Not mad

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It's aight

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It was ok. not my favorite genre

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Definitely some smooth jams, along with some genuine oddity

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Better than I thought. Bordering on mumble rap. Still not convinced he gives a shit about what he's talking about but some of the lyrics are halfway decent.

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Pretty amateur and minimal musically, mostly driven by drums and high reverb synths. Some good songs throughout, but you can see how much Frank improved with Blonde

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Love this album solely because it was released on my birthday.

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Not my taste

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I enjoyed this more than I expected

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Soul. Rhythm and blues, disco.

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I've heard a lot about Frank Ocean but I haven't listened to their music much. He does have a nice voice but I wasn't blown away.

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Rollo patatero zzzzzzzzz

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Buena voz. No entraría entre mis favoritos, pero funciona como música relajante

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Need to come back to this

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Incredible playstation console opening. Good melodies, musical writing. Good vocals. Kinda experimental rap / pop vibes which is not my favorite. Kendrick Lamar interlude vibes. Baby making music. Similar to Childish Gambino as well.

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Bit lengthy but I thought this was good overall

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Silky smooth tones but parts felt hollow. Liked enough to give it 3* but it's in no danger of tempting me into a 4*

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Mellow a little hip hop

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Gotta love frank ocean! Something doesn't click for me for his music though, maybe i just like the jazz covers

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Some really cool tracks

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Artista que no conocía de nada y que, paradójicamente, es de los más escuchados del mundo actualmente. Hace altern R&B en su mayoría.

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Ok

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A misnomer. There isn't one Channle Orange; there are dozens, and Frank flicks between them like it's way past midnight and he can't drag himself to bed. Leans into loungey suave a little too hard, but nowhere near enough to undermine his incredible vision or storytelling gifts.

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Dope r&b album

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Some highs, some lows. Pyramids was my favourite, interludes were a bit naff... Apart from the PS1 start up tune!

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A chill album, almost to chill for me.

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decent

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Busy and ambitious.

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Don't like his voice

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First tones smell like sampled hip-hop. Okay second song starts... nope still... After a couple of songs it gets more into soul and develops a nice sound... and juuuuuuuust when I was like: "Hmmm I might actually like this." NOPE have another bullshit sample. It slowly starts to grow on me. Might revisit at a later date.

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- this album fucks, groovy. - flairs of innovation but not too out there. - Subtle orchestration, buttery vocals - Interesting characters but anything but sympathetic to them. - Lyrics flip. Some keep it so real (looking at you bad religion), some are crass.

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Need to listen again

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Buen álbum

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-"Sweet Life" had a nice bass groove and theme. Bass grooves also featured in: "Monks" and "Pink Matter" -"Super Rich Kids" had some interesting lyrics and I liked the backing beat, but I thought the beat would like develop on some significant way -The whole thing was pleasant, it just was SLOW and boring to me throughout lots of it, but I feel like it had potential -"Pyramids" was probably the best song out of the album

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Some tracks I really hate, others I really like. So I guess it averages to a 3/5?

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2012 - Hip Hop - couple of good tracks

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zwoele muziek, beetje langdradig soms

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Faultless production. It’s packed with smooth synths and bass and crackling drums. His voice is gentle and yet right at the front of the mix which is some trick. A great example of this genre

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Good start Much more enjoyable than when I listened to it on release

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Pretty cool vibes on this one. I heard a little Prince, a little Stevie Wonder - but overall a pretty unique sounds. I'll be singing "Crack Rock Crack Rock" probably for the rest of my life (just that line).

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Esta lista a veces me hace sentir un inculto musical. Me sonaba el nombre de este músico pero nunca lo había escuchado conscientemente. Me ha gustado aunque no es mi estilo así que 3 estrellas para mí.

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6/10

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Nett ist Cousine von Egal. Aber das wird mit jedem Mal besser als nett. „Pyramids“ hält als Beispiel diese Spannung in einem Song zusammen, wenn er sich weg vom dancefloor zu einem melancholischen pre-hangover brummt. „Lost“ ist wie auch „Super Rich Kids“ einfach perfekter Pop und wieder ist der Grundton bei beiden traurig, leer, sehnsüchtig nach wahrhaftigen Gefühlen. Ungewöhnlich auch „Bad Religion“ & „Pink Matter“. Es lohnen mehrere Durchgänge allein wegen ihrer lyrics. Soulfull Songwriter 3.3

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Crack rock! I just really wanted to write that. I liked several chunks of this album, and was lukewarm to others. There’s something about someone transitioning from rapping to singing R&B in the same song that is hard for my brain to process. If it’s a song where one person raps and another person sings? No problem. But if it’s all coming from the same mouth? I don’t know. It’s like a dude doing death metal growls and clean singing in the same tune. Just hard to get used to at first. But… Crack rock!

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Another very nice sounding album with a lot of good moments, but nothing that ever stood out and stuck to me.

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Easy listening, if this is your first foray into Frank Ocean he does bring a unique style that blends experimental sounds with his R&B/Soul talent. Some of Frank Ocean's style and sound can invoke reminders of Justin Timberlake's solo efforts, but this is a compliment, not a criticism, there are plenty of obvious differences between each to where Frank Ocean should confidently stand on his own here.

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Not very memorable

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Talented.

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Solid Album overall, very chill and spacey similar to Awaken, My Love! however I don't think it reaches the same standard 6/10

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Whilst I'm not the biggest fan of Frank's music I do enjoy a few of his songs particularly on this album and can understand why this took his career to a new level. Haven't enjoyed much of what he's released since though.

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Top Picks: Pyramids and Sweet Life. Not a huge fan of this one. Some cool drum and bass stuff going on but for the most part, not really my jam.

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Pretty good RnB album. Probably didn't give it the deep listen it deserved.

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We used to know him as Frank Sea before he hit the big time. Yep, young Frank got a bit too big for his boots and forgot about us, the little guys, his roots. I don't begrudge him his success though. The kid has a real talent.

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Alright background tunes

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Some good tunes, but not a patch on Blonde

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It's a good listen. Easy. Soft. Rhythmic. I'm almost tempted to give it a 4 because of Fertilizer. It's to the point. Three lines and out.

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not for me, though the talent is clear

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Un disco de R&B agradable. A ratos parece que rappea, usa muchos falsettos. Me gustaron los arreglos y mezclas aunque no me pareció nada revolucionario. No me encantan las piezas de sonidos y diálogo entre canciones, me parece que no aportan nada. Un disco agradable. Songs: Pyramids, Lost

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2.5 | Siento un disco muy bien hecho, de alguien con bastante talento e inventiva, en un género que no me va. Ese r&b moderno que ya he hablado sobre mi no compatibilidad, aunque aquí tiene ciertos puntos como de medio progresivo en el fondo, ganas de hacer algo más allá de lo meramente comercial. Samples y elementos de nostalgia que hablan directo a mi tallo cerebral y me despiertan atención y nostalgia... pero ya entradas las canciones... quisiera que fuera simplemente de otro tipo. Muy bien hecho... no para mí.

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A little heavy on smoking crack references for my tastes...

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File under ‘horny albums’

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Helt ointresserad av stilen, men jag tror mig ändå kunna höra att det är bra i sin genre. Pyramids va en bra låt

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Not quite for me, but Frank's influence on future R&B is impossible to ignore. Things really pick up halfway through the record, but the landing remains unstuck. It doesn't have the dynamism of certain similar music, and drags too much to be a mood project for me. A few excellent songs, however, and the blend of influences is pretty seamless. The production holds up in full, as well.

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Pa kul je bilo, kao malo seksi zabavno ali nema mi bas nesto posebno

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Fora skroz, onako se uživiš da si kuliji nego šta zapravo izgledaš dok hodaš. Dobra komba repa i laganice.

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It's young people music, usually I just can't get into albums like this. Guy has a good voice. Lofi R&B, throughout there are lots of very simple beats but sometimes it kicks up and there are more interesting tracks. Early in the album there seems to be a "tv channel" theme with some sound effects kicking in like the Playstation startup, and random ads or lines being heard but halfway through the album this disappears. Overall there are some really good songs in here, a run in the middle that I really enjoyed, and going against the grain I think I liked the 9 minute song the most which usually isn't the case for me. But then there are some tunes that are just very slow and boring and I couldn't get into them. That inconsistency lands this album at a 3 for me.

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It's got a Start, and an End. Perfect album material. Musically it's pleasant, but a little bland r'n'b isn't going to get me too excited

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It was ok. Nothing that really stood out, but was easy to listen to. Favorite Song: Crack Rock

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Innoffensive but nondescript. Why is this on the list? It's just a (very) average album. I'm told that Blond is much better.

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Very well produced, a couple of great tracks but eh… yet again, this didn’t really grab me enough to make me want to repeat-listen.

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Not bad, not amazing - won't listen again I don't think

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Dragged on a bit, but wasn't unlistenable.

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The album was alright. Nothing was really remarkable and I do not believe I was familiar with any of the songs.

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nije nešto šta inače slušan, ali nije ni loše

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super rich kids

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Zum Teil sehr schöne Melodien, Kompositionen und Beats. Jedoch viel zu glatter Gesang. Bin aber nicht der größte RnB/Soul Fan, muss man wissen.

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Smooth

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Angelic voice and rythym

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Casi 4 pero no.

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Enjoyed it but not sure I’ll ever understand the hype around frank

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Solid 3 , Was a soothing listen, great production

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Soul interessante

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a pleasant, mellow listen! it was a soothing listen even though each song was distinct and the album covered a range of genres. this is an album to appreciate as a whole, and i'll enjoy it more as i continue to listen. ocean has a beautiful voice, which is rather evident in "bad religion"--a standout on this album.

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Pleasant to listen to...

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Meio sem sal

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Black music and soul from last decade. Interesting.

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i reckon it would be a grower and got better as it went on. 3

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Smooth R&B album with lots of creative influences. Not bad but could have done with probably 20 minutes less runtime

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Great voice, reminded me of Usher. I can definitely recognize his uniqueness and what makes his sound special compared to his contemporaries, but it’s just not very exciting music for my taste, just a bit too slow. Pyramids stood out as it deviated from the slower tempos.

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This was ok. Every once in a while, an instrument or a lyric would catch my attention but there wasn't much that really grabbed me.

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I have heard of Frank Ocean but never have given a listen. I expected that this would not be the typical sound of pop R&B…it still took some effort to warm up to the album. After a couple of listens, I had a much greater appreciation for what was produced here. I didn’t love much of it, but I didn’t hate any of it.

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There were moments listening to this that I thought, "Wow, this is really good!" Unfortunately, there were more moments where I thought, "Hmm, this is kind of tedious."

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Ik had verwacht dat ik dit na 2 nummers al niet meer leuk zou vinden maar ik heb met best wat plezier het hele album zonder tegenzin geluisterd.

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I know this was an important album and Ocean is very talented....I've just never likes the auto-tune vocal thing.

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Vaisu

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one or two goodies, not a huge fan

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idk if it really deserved to be on this list compared to it's contemporaries

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Guy sounded like he needed to get laid or just got laid for the first time. Majority of songs were about pussy. Decent mixes I guess.

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i'd call it sex music

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Not my kind of music

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I enjoyed his voice at time, and also the instrumentation -- at times. The style is not my thing, and I was mostly uninterested

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Sounds ok, but not for me

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Overrated

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Not a style of music I generally enjoy, but this was ok. 2/5 nearly a 3.

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Not for me. Tedious to sit through.

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Started well but overall it's just not for me at all.

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Weird. A couple of decent tracks, lots of rubbish, strange mix of styles.

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Not bad but not really my style.

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naja, wieder nicht mein Genre

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The single was really the only redeemable part of the album.

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A bit smooth, can't quite see through it but will have a deeper listen

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What is this even? Not good in any case. Mostly it was bad and boring but unintrusive. I had to skip Super Rich Kids and then stopped altogether after a bit over half the album.

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Honestly not really sure! My gut is to say I didn't really like the album, but I kind of liked the vibes of the music I guess. The lyrics were just a bit too weird for me maybe? Pink Matter was my favourite song.

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I wanted to like this album but the themes really didn't work for me

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Rap

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I liked the sound but it was like someone couldn't commit to writing a complete song. Just dropped / ended too soon....

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Few liked songs

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Great voice, not my thing though from a point of view of the music. The production is great, mind

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boh.. non mi dice niente

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Kto by sie spodziewal, ze album z 2k12 znajdzie sie na liscie, niby prawie 10 lat, a jednak czlowieka zaskakuja takie tytuly, jeszcze wieksze zaskoczenie, bo ten odsluch byl moim pierwszym bojem z albumem pana franka, bo jako artyste znalem pana juz z klasycznego blonde, czy trakow odd future, ale jendak nigdy nie mialem w sobie tyle samozaparcia zeby sprostac odsluchowi calej plyty, tak popularnego artysty, ciezko mi okreslic jakiego gatunku, bo przed odsluchem stawialbym go w szeregu po kejniowych raperow, a jednak sie okazalo, ze to co tworzy na tej plycie to material o wiele bardziej soulowy, czy raczej neo soulowy, dzwieku jaki zastane sie spodziewalem, wiec zadnych zaskoczen tutaj nie ma, ze calosc brzmi jakby pracowala nad tym setka osob, dwadziesia na instrumentach wykorzystanych, a reszta na produkcji, bo pod tym wzgledem album zostal tak przemielony, ze nie ma sie czego czepiac, ale z drugiej strony ta perfekcyjnosc sprzedaje tanio dusze takiej plyty, no ale i tak najgorszy w odsluchu jest wokal pana frankowskiego, juz po ostatnich doswiadczeniach z panem georgem michaelem mam uczulenie na meskie wokale prawiace o zyciu milosnym, a przeciez soul powinien opierac sie na wokalu, a co z takiego wokalu ktory jest wymasterowany w taki sposob, ze nie slychac zza niego osoby, tylko perfekcyjnie wyprodukowany dzwiek poruszajacy tematy od typowo milosnych, po problemy slawy i pieniedzy, po drugowe tematy, zarowno ze strony uzywaczy jak i rozprowadzaczy, a nawet rzondownikow ktory czerpia zyski z stanu rzeczy jaki sie utrzymuje na ulicach, oczywiscie pojawiaja sie takze motywy czarne zycie znaczy cos, ktore moze nawet konkurowac do motywu glownego albumu, bo song zatytulowany pyramids traktuje o pieknych corach czarnego ladu, mitcznych kleopatr, ktore w dzisiejszych czasow ukladaja piramidki na kolanach po stripowych klubach, dobre w plycie jest to, ze oszczednie jest pod wzgledem featurow, debiutancki studyjny material tylko z dwoma goscinnymi wokalami, to sie ceni, zwlaszcza patrzac na nazwiska jakie sie pojawia earl sweatshirt i pan andre 3000, ktory wspiera takze gitarkowo, czlowiek nie liczyl na nic wstrzasajaco dobrego i odkrywczego i jednak sie nie przeliczyl, bo uslyszalem dokladnie to z czego znalem juz pana oceana z innych trakow, czyli uczuciowej muzyki dla nastoletnich hamerykanskich mas szukajacych ambitnego brzmienia w popularnej muzyce, na plejke wrzucam songa pink matter, zeby na rapowa plejke mozna by zaklasyfikowac dzieki featurowi outkastowemu, z trivia tajma, fajnym skitem zostaje otwarta plyta, bo startujaca plejka i strit fajterek grany, ktorego sluchac jeszcze na nawozowym traku gdzies w tle, wiec fajny maly smaczek i przemycenie tak niemainstreamowego egga na jakze mainstreamowym krazku z tloczni def jamowych

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Decent but not my kinda thing

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pitchfork wet dreams. they absoluetly bum this album. this is the 3rd time i've tried to listen to this album and its still just an r'n'b album albeit alternative style. the best bit was hearing the original playstation power up sounds on the first track. also john is the shittest beatle.

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Not my cup of tea

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I liked some elements, but they or the songs tended to go on longer than my interest held. But I really enjoyed the first part of Pyramids and one song that could have been longer was Fertilizer :)

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Something i have not heard from an artist i havent heard of. It wasnt bad, i didnt really skip around. It didnt grab me either. I dont know how to rate, 2. no hits for me

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I don’t get it. It has critical acclaim but I don’t think that vocal warbling over no melody and someone’s synthesizer and drum kit is entertaining to listen to. There are a couple of songs that hold together, but 80% of this is pretty painful.

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I liked the sounds of the music more than the lyrics/singing. I appreciated the singing more than usual rapping that goes with this genre, but the vocal melodies were not particularly imaginative. One takeaway was that I have not known many extremely wealthy people nor drug-addicted people in my life. #sheltered

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I get it, this project is based on a progression of books highlighting how clever the neck-beard and basement-dwelling rock critics are with going deep-catalog and obtuse. From my perspective I'd hope to find stand-out records from intriguing artists as a way to lure me in to further crate diving. In this case "Channel Orange" comes across as lazy, dull and amateur compared to "Blonde" - I would probably be dissuaded from looking any further into Frank Ocean. I don't know if Blonde is on this list (I'd give it a 4 for being haunting - lyrically/thematically intriguing) but this one gets a flat 2. I resent it being included in the 1001.

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Meh

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Listened Before: N Modern R&B... Meh. Pros: Loved "Super Rich Kids". I like some of the music here. Nothing too difficult to listen to, it's just not really my thing. Cons: Again, not my thing. Too much "talking" over the music.. and a lot of the samples seem unnecessary or out of place. Also, why is Pyramids 10 minutes long? Added to Library? N Songs added to Playlist: Super Rich Kids

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I've tried so hard to appreciate Frank's music since he's so beloved but I just don't get the appeal. It's... fine. Just doesn't really do much for me.

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I could gladly die without ever having heard this album and just another example of why auto-tune is destroying music.

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By all accounts I should love this but I've just never got on with it. Bit like The Weeknd

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Good voice. Not my thing.

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Really didnt know what to make of this one, a couple songs were really good and the rest just sounded all the same!!!

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I know there was a lot of hype about this one when it was released but it’s just not for me, nothing there that made me think “what a tune” so two stars for me.

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It's nice. Not what I usually listen to, but enjoyable. 2/5

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Wasn’t really for me, but there were a couple of nice songs on there. 4/10

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the jazzy bits saved it from 1 stars.

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Eh. Don't get what the fuss was about.

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I thought the album was okay. It was easy to listen to, and had a nice kind of smooth groove to it, but ultimately I was just kind of bored, so I guess it wasn't really for me. Pyramids was a super standout track though; it caught my attention unlike anything else on this album. This album is definitely more than a 2, but less than 3 for me.

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Okay R&B but not something I'd consider to be one of the greatest 1001 albums of all time. Really wanted this album to be over quicker than it was. Nothing stood out and nothing grabbed my attention. Guy's got a good voice, but sounded bored through most of the songs.

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A komu to potrzebne? A dlaczego to tu jest?

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More like Frank Puddle Would give 3 stars if vocal was non-existent I wish I didn't hear the lyrics, my life was changed forever Highlight: Pyramids, was pretty sophisticated, stood out from the rest of tracks

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This album was simply hard to get through. Some moments of briliance, some decent song, but overall the prevalence of songs so bland and uninspired getting trough it all is a chore.

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Hij kan een leuk deuntje zingen, maar: not impressed.

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Volledig langs mee heen gegaan. Het album stond op en daarna kabbelde het voort

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Tätä on kolmetoista tusinassa tänä päivänä. Ei pystyny kuuntelee kokonaan.

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No

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He's definitely talented, but this is not my speed. One of the brands of rap I just can't enjoy.

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Just shit. Not for me at all. Felt not thought or talent.

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Not my kind of thing. Doing nothing for me at all. Super Rich Kids best song so far

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It's totally OK if you die not having listened this album.

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He's got a good voice, but not my style of music. Quite liked 'Pyramids' and am pleased to see a song about Forrest Gump, but overall I didn't really enjoy this album.

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Just nothing for me.

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Not good

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not impressed

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Not my bag, man.

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If you're into R&B I can see this being enjoyable... As a newcomer I certainly didn't get the appeal. Bland tracking and free form flow left a bad taste. As much as there are many albums to listen to before you die, I would not have minded not hearing this one.

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Not what I would listen to

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This album is a white, middle aged, music critic's wet dream as it gives them a chance to pretend they're still down with "tha kidz" as they obviously love this album so they can play it for their daughter's friends to show they're still cool. "He's black and gay! I'm so open minded." I bet they tell people that they're often mistaken for sisters! Not mother and daughter! For me, it's dull modern R&B, decent neo-soul vocals but with nothing interesting to say, dull plodding drum machines, melodies that don't go anywhere. Awful. Best Tracks: Thinking Bout You; Super Rich Kids; Lost

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Not really me.

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Gay

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Nah.

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Rubbish

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this is considered the greatest? it is barely music.

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Zupabooooring

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Boring

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Clearly I don't get it. I can hear it's good production, but the vocal run stretching over the entire album was a tad too long. dnf

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Ajme ja baš ne volin ovu muziku

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Yeuch! Eew! R&B & that’s all I need to say.

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hated it. couldnt get through it

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It’s a bit generic, vanilla. Nothing grabbed me. I don’t doubt that I’ll forget I’ve listened to it.

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if mr ocean really is the finest songwriter of his generation, we should be investing more heavily in interpretive dance

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frank ocean is a boring poopy-pants and i don't like him

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Everything that is bad about music today.

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This I did not like

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I'll apologise again, but I can't connect with contemporary pop music, especially of the type that's so closely related to hip-hop.

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boomer music but travelin band slaps, crack rock is good

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the artist that left me like my dad

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