#1 Posted by Demoskinos (14846 posts) -

So, Frank Ocean is getting ready to release his newest album. Channel Orange. So who is Frank Ocean you ask? One of the best talents in the R&B scene right now hands down. For years he worked behind the scenes writing songs for top acts like Beyonce and John Legend. It wasn't until he joined the Odd Future when he started actually bringing his talents to the forefront. This is his first real solo effort although he has done stuff with OF like I mentioned as well as Jay-Z and Kanye. Why am I bothering typing this out? Because I genuinely think Frank is one of the best things that has happened to music in general in a long while. Especially the R&B scene. Chris Brown, Rihanna etc.. are all just pop acts that know how to get airplay on R&B stations. Frank Ocean however has real soul to his music. Guy as a killer voice.

The album is listed as coming out the 17th on Amazon. I think you might actually be able to grab it on iTunes right now though. There are also a few tracks of his on Spotify. I would highly encourage everyone to go listen to some of his stuff. Also for you OF fans motherfucking Earl Sweatshirt is on Channel Orange too! Anyways, most of you most likely won't give a fuck and thats fine. We all have our collective music tastes. Hopefully though some of you will buy Channel Orange and support Frank and his solo career so we can here more fucking awesome music from him. Peace out.

#2 Edited by SexyToad (2760 posts) -

I'll listen to his stuff later tonight, since I like a bit of r and b

#3 Posted by IkariNoTekken (990 posts) -

I'm a fan of a lot of pre-80's Rhythm & Blues but I can't say I listen to much contemporary R&B. Last time I gave much time to it, was Craig David's debut, and that was mostly just because I'm English and it was a pretty big deal here in the UK so I wanted to see what it was all about. I ended up liking some tracks because of the UK garage vibe, but not much of the genre has caught my interest since.

Anyway, I'm kinda liking the style of the track in the video so count me in, I'll be checking out more.

Cheers for the heads up mate.

:)

#4 Posted by TheHT (11300 posts) -

I don't listen to much R&B, but that video was great. Will look into some other songs on the youtubes.

#5 Posted by Philantrophy (354 posts) -

I agree with your sentiment about his previous album being one of the best things to come out from that scene.

#6 Posted by Village_Guy (2582 posts) -

I don't know, it isn't bad, not at all. But I'm not really liking it, and I certainly don't like the voice.

Who knows, maybe I just need to listen to it a couple of times, but it isn't something that is immediately clicking with me.

#7 Posted by Demoskinos (14846 posts) -

@Village_Guy: Hey, I've done that with a lot of music. Some stuff I'll have to listen to over and over until it finally clicks with me. Least you gave it a try!

#8 Posted by EuanDewar (4944 posts) -

I love it. Pyramids is a Paranoid Android for this generation. Dude's a real talent.

#9 Posted by david3cm (635 posts) -

I bought the album last night on iTunes. I like it for the most part, but it isnt really strong as a whole. There are a few tracks that I really enjoy but it isnt a consistent high throughout the entire thing. I also find it a little strange that 90% percent of the songs on the album address his love of woman, when he came out a week ago. I realize most of these songs were written over the past year or two but it just seems a little strange. All and all I like it, I think I was just building it up in my head since it's announcement.

#10 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

@Demoskinos: I didn't know you liked Frank Ocean.

Anyway, anyone who wants to give it a listen, you can listen to the who album at earmilk.com.

#11 Posted by Demoskinos (14846 posts) -

@BraveToaster: Yeah, ever since I started listening to Odd Future I've really wanted some more solo stuff from him. His track off Odd Future Tape vol 2 "White" is also fantastic.

#12 Edited by realph (260 posts) -

Channel Orange is amazing! Might be one of, if not, the best R&B album I've heard in the last 10 years. Here's one of my favourite tracks off the album:

#13 Edited by benpicko (2008 posts) -

It's been out for a few days now on iTunes. It's really good. Pyramids is still my favourite song on it though.

Earl Sweatshirt on Super Rich Kids is really good as well. Andre 3000 is great as always.

Here's a free stream of it from his tumblr.

#14 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

@david3cm said:

I bought the album last night on iTunes. I like it for the most part, but it isnt really strong as a whole. There are a few tracks that I really enjoy but it isnt a consistent high throughout the entire thing. I also find it a little strange that 90% percent of the songs on the album address his love of woman, when he came out a week ago. I realize most of these songs were written over the past year or two but it just seems a little strange. All and all I like it, I think I was just building it up in my head since it's announcement.

Maybe he likes men and women.

#15 Posted by Nev (548 posts) -

Liking what I've heard here, definitely have to look into this album. Thanks!

#16 Posted by BlackN9ne (1 posts) -

Nice post! I got the album a few days ago and have been enjoying it, a lot. My favorite songs are Pink Matter, White, Crack Rock, Pyramids and Super Rich kids(More so the concept than the sound). I think everyone should give this a try!

#17 Posted by david3cm (635 posts) -

@BraveToaster: Sure, that is a possibility. I posted after hearing all the buzz on twitter from people saying he is gay. I am enjoying the album more and more I listen to it either way.

#18 Posted by WMWA (1162 posts) -

Album was pretty damn good. A little too long, couple songs could have been cut. But it's a fucking fantastic debut album. Leaps beyond Nostalgia, Ultra and anything on the Lonny Breaux collection.

#19 Edited by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -

His songs are pretty amazing.  I havent checked out any of the songs on his album but he made me like an Odd Future song.   His singing is fantastic.
  

This is a link for an album stream
#20 Posted by WMWA (1162 posts) -
@EuanDewar
I love it. Pyramids is a Paranoid Android for this generation. Dude's a real talent.
But Paranoid Android is already this generation’s Happiness is a Warm Gun. ;)
 
#21 Posted by Demoskinos (14846 posts) -

God. Super Rich Kids might be one of my new favorites songs.

#22 Posted by AjayRaz (12428 posts) -

i heard crack rock and i thought it was great. dude's got talent.

#23 Posted by Demoskinos (14846 posts) -

@AjayRaz said:

i heard crack rock and i thought it was great. dude's got talent.

This whole album is sex for my ears.

#24 Posted by RainDog505 (100 posts) -

Best Prince album since Sign o The Times.

I kid...though Ocean definitely has some Prince-esqe tones to his voice. Regardless, I love the record to pieces. It's the score to all my late night walks as of late...and probably will be well past the summer. Glad some fellow duders are digging it.

#25 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

I went back to listen to this album again and it sounds better than the first time I heard it. Pyramid is a devastatingly refreshing display of his vocals, and the second half chills you the hell out.