channel ORANGE: An Extremely Meticulous Review of Frank Ocean’s Debut Album

**Disclaimer:  This review below will not be based around or harp on Frank Ocean’s sexual orientation.  While, his coming out is undoubtedly a positive for the acceptance of a group that is still discriminated against, it should not be his (or anyone else’s) definer.  He should not be looked at as the Gay R&B Artist, but rather just, an R&B Artist.**

channel ORANGE

I originally intended to write an in depth, track-by-track, review.  I even scrolled out a few pages of notes for each song, then I read this.  And that’s much better than anything I could even attempt.  So, I will be giving a bit more nuanced track-by-track review.

Thinkin’ Bout You
Totally Awesome.

Sierra
Pretty Awesome.

Sweet Life
Awesomely Steve Worder-esque

Super Rich Kids
Awesome Mary J. Blige Sample, Awesome Earl Sweatshirt Verse, Awesome Musical Rendition of a Laguna Beach Episode.

Pilot Jones
Awesomish.

Crack Rock
Awesome Drums.

Pyramids
Ten Minutes of Awesomness, meets Awesome Prince-esque Overt Sexuality.

Monks
Less Awesome Than the Other Tracks, but Still Pretty Awesome.

Bad Religion
Hauntingly Awesome.

Pink Matter
Andre 3000 is Absolutely Fucking Awesome.

Forest Gump
Bizarrely Awesome.

Overview:  While the album isn’t a classic, it’s a very near classic.  Overall, I actually enjoyed Nostalgia, Ultra more, but the highs in Channel Orange are absolutely skyscraper.  I also have no qualms saying that with this album, Frank Ocean has set himself on the top of the R&B mountain, with his only possible rival being The Weeknd (and maybe a resurgent D’angelo).

   Good Job, Frank.

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