ALBUM STREAM: Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Remember last week when we didn't know anything about Frank Ocean's sexuality and thought his album was dropping on July 17? Us neither. The erstwhile Odd Future member and current R&B crooner's debut Channel Orange is out, now, in fact, and it's sensational. Starting with lead-in "Start" and then transitioning to "Thinking About You" (my favorite song of his; that falsetto, my God, in concert every single one of us closed our eyes tight and squealed along, some kids even falling to the dirt on their knees to grind as low as the track demands) the album then unfolds into a series of anachronistic songs reminiscent of Stevie Wonder and at other times, D'Angelo, all the while punctuated by jazzy, vaguely neighborhood noise interludes. And then of course there's times when Ocean is simply Ocean, as if his music has no influence, rapping slow, cursing, snapping fingers, drawling, harmonizing himself. What results is a beautiful, windblown journey into soul, funk, top 40 and even yacht rock waters, all the way to the "End" (the last track, natch). Hear it all for free, and then, you know, buy it.
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange Album Stream [Frank Ocean's tumblr]