**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.**
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
Awesomely Steve Worder-esque
Super Rich Kids
Awesome Mary J. Blige Sample, Awesome Earl Sweatshirt Verse, Awesome Musical Rendition of a Laguna Beach Episode.
Ten Minutes of Awesomness, meets Awesome Prince-esque Overt Sexuality.
Less Awesome Than the Other Tracks, but Still Pretty Awesome.
Andre 3000 is Absolutely Fucking 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.