Frank Ocean

Channel Orange (Def Jam)

Phases & Stages

Frank Ocean

Channel Orange (Def Jam)

Usher. R. Kelly. A D'Angelo revival in the works. 2012 is shaping up as quite a year for R&B. Inciting the highest celebration is Odd Future affiliate Frank Ocean and his major-label debut Channel Orange, an ethereal, embattled, and introspective work that puts everything in its right place in exactly the right form. There's a "Start" and there's an "End," and a decided middle in "Crack Rock" that leads into Channel Orange's darker, more truthful half. There's Earl Sweatshirt ("Super Rich Kids"), André 3000 ("Pink Matter"), and even John Mayer on an interlude ("White"), though you'd hardly know it without picking up the liner notes. Then there's Ocean, a relentless, conflicted talent who owns retro soul ("Fertilizer"), bites Mary J. Blige ("Super Rich Kids"), and gets sexual ("Pyramids," "Bad Religion," "Thinkin' Bout You") without straining to fit it all in. It's a headphone masterpiece that bangs on shelf speakers. It's everything. (Tonight's Frank Ocean show at La Zona Rosa, Thursday, July 19, is sold out.)

****

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Too Late to Stop Now
Bad Boy 20th Anniversary Box Set Edition
Bad Boy 20th Anniversary Box Set Edition (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Dec. 16, 2016

Saturday ACL Fest Record Reviews
Banks & Steelz
Anything But Words (Record Review)

Kevin Curtin, Sept. 30, 2016

More by Chase Hoffberger
Search Procedure Questioned in Sunday In-Custody Suicide
Search Procedure Questioned in Sunday In-Custody Suicide
APD won't say publicly whether Zac Anam was searched before he was placed under arrest

Jan. 13, 2017

APD Veteran Fired
APD Veteran Fired
Officer terminated for repeated domestic disturbances

Jan. 13, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Frank Ocean

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)