August 20, 2016 at 6:25 pm #1201911052
I can’t believe there’s not a thread yet! So Frank released a 45 visual called “ENDLESS” that features new music…and then he released an official album “Blonde” 24 hours later with a completely different track list.
I’m just listening to Blonde now.
Here’s my breakdown of the 3 best tracks from ENDLESS.
https://www.facebook.com/ETCanada/videos/1152180781495574/August 20, 2016 at 6:52 pm #1201911058
Are any of the Endless songs on Blonde as well?August 20, 2016 at 9:50 pm #1201911099
This is one of the best albums of the year. It’s outstanding!August 21, 2016 at 11:37 am #1201911232
Endless will probably be nominated for Music Film. It would be tough to beat Bey there, though.August 22, 2016 at 10:43 am #1201911758
For some odd reason, I’m not that excited about new Frank Ocean material.August 22, 2016 at 6:10 pm #1201911959
Just heard this. I actually prefer this to Channel Orange in a way (even though I admit I think CO is overrated). The highlight is definitely Solo. This really deserves major awards recognition at the Grammys although I still think Lemonade executes what it sets out to do better than Blonde does (very different albums though).August 22, 2016 at 6:19 pm #1201911961
As someone who thought CO was meh, admirably ambitious, but meh, Blonde is solid. There’s something still kinda antiquated, whiny and basic about Frank’s songwriting (which is probably part of its appeal). But I do think the production matches his voice and lyrics better than on CO.August 24, 2016 at 9:23 pm #1201913063
Once the hype dies over people will realize that “Channel Orange” is a much superior album. CO had a cohesive style yet all of the songs stood on their own as individual pieces. “Blond” or “Blonde” or whatever is by no means a terrible record but the songwriting and vocals are extremely whiny and repetitive. The highlight, for me at least, are Jazmine Sullivan’s vocal runs on “Godspeed”. That woman is criminally under appreciated.
On a brighter note, the music video for “Nikes” is interesting in a Tumblr, hipster, visual way. Maybe he can rack up a couple VMA nominations next year if the album still holds any merit.August 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm #1201913996
Channel Orange was a lot more radio/pop friendly. Blond is ambitious, overly indulgent, but brilliant. Both great albums, but for different reasons.August 27, 2016 at 5:45 pm #1201914244
Frank’s music always take a while to take in. After a couple listens, there was only a couple songs I was really digging’ (Solo and Godspeed), now with each listen, there’s other songs I start discovering (Self Control, Ivy, etc.). It’s an incredible album (it helps deleting all the interludes and other 1 min songs).
It’ll be interesting if he gets into AOTY again. I think he will. It’s selling very well. The industry loves him, and he’ll keep the buzz for the rest of the year.
Man, the lineup for AOTY has the potential to be absolutely incredible. Drake, Beyonce, Adele, Frank, Bowie, Kanye. Sure, some of those will be snubbed, but dang what a list. (Britney should be considered too but that’ll never happen).August 29, 2016 at 7:13 am #1201914941
Frank Ocean lands the third largest debut of 2016, behind Drake and Beyonce – both in sales and in total album equivalents.August 30, 2016 at 7:17 am #1201915381
Blond(e) is my favorite album of the year.August 30, 2016 at 7:39 am #1201915392
After more listens I realized I liked the album a bit less than initially. In a review a critic said that he’s like the male, R&B version of Fiona Apple, and I just don’t hear that, maybe Fiona at her most solemn and disconnected. Plus, Fiona’s post Tidal music always had a sneaky sense of humor and self-deprecation that Frank’s lack. I guess mopey, flat-voiced, staccato R&B just bores me when it’s continued throughout an entire damn album. The lack of overt anger, passion, joy just dulls me after a few listens.