Boys Run The World: Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange Review
As I am writing this, Frankie boy’s album is not even twenty four hours old. I have tried to listen to it as thoroughly as possibly. But since its still very fresh, my opinions about the album may not be the same in a few weeks or so.
The album opens up with an intro titled; “Start” I don’t really get the purpose of this intro, there are no vocals, just weird sounds and the albums goes into track two; “Think About You”. A soft mid-tempo where Frank rap/sings about a certain lover he can’t seem to stop thinking about, the song is nice. The production is very similar to the track he produced on Beyonce’s “4” album; “I Miss You”, Actually the two songs sound so similar they could be Siamese twins.
Track three is a 30 second interlude of him singing about; “Fertilizer, That’s all.
“Sierra Leone” is an interlude, disguised as song. He’s going on about Sierra Leone and then the song ends, and it’s too short.
The firth track on the album is a 60s inspired mid-tempo about someone who’s had a privileged life.
The firth song on the album, well its actually 58 seconds of some woman talking about money, and then it leads to the seventh track which is called ‘Super Rich Kids” about how rich kids live with maids and riding daddy’s jaguars, it has a very 70s influence sound also.
“Pilot Jones” is a ballad about a girl Frank dated who’s always smoking in his mother’s house, a drunkard hood rat who Frank sleeps with, but doesn’t know why. The song features some of Mr. Ocean’s best vocals.
Track nine; “Crack Rock” is another song that sounds like the previous songs on the album.
“Pyramids” is the longest song on the album, over nine minutes long, It’s the song that comes closest to a dance number with some futuristic synths and beats.
“Lost is” is another 60s/ 70s R&B influenced mid-tempo, it has a nice melody.
The twelfth track on the album really pisses me off!
When I saw the credits I was excited to see that it features John Mayer but believe me when I say this is just one minute of instruments with no vocals what- so- ever. I mean what the hell???
“Monks” is a 60s/70s mid-tempo lead by drums and percussions; about some girl who sleeps with bands.
“Bad Religion” is one of the album stand outs, its the song Frank made his American TV debut with. Frank’s vocals on this song are very emotive, but in typical Frank Ocean trademark style, the song is too short and ends just as you start getting into it.
“Pink Matter” featuring Andre3000 is my favorite song on the album.
Frank sings about how life is not black and white or even Grey, but has Pink matters also. The song starts like a typical Frank song, but when Mr. Andre3000 enters towards the end, he comes and runs away with the song.
“Forrest gump” is Frank’s declaration to his male lover.
He clearly states that he is in love with a boy, whom he can’t get over. He sings about a boy who is buff and strong that he just wants. This one is going to get a lot of tongues wagging, it’s also simply one of the best songs on the album.
The last song on the album is an interlude with soft music and some dialogue.
I have already seen people hail this album as the greatest work since the Mona Lisa was painted. I beg to differ.
This album is messy and tends to sound monotonous. I honestly believe that it’s only generating so much hype riding on the fact that Frank recently came out of the closet.
I commend Frank for his bravery, but I’m not going to call a subpar album great, just because Frank was brave enough to say he was gay and don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Frank Ocean fan.
To a lot of people the name Frank Ocean only became recognizable in mainstream when he had a Twitter beef with Chris Brown earlier last year but even prior to that, I was aware of Frank’s work behind the scenes and have been anticipating his album since way back then.
But come on Frank! You have produced more magical stuff in the past and for other artists.
I honestly feel he could have done better, I also think it’s a case of when a producer over-sees the production of an entire album may it be for themselves or other artists, everything just ends up sounding the same.
I was hoping Frank would have experimented a little bit more and put some edge in his music.
Another fear of mine for this album is that it doesn’t really have mainstream/radio friendly songs. So I wonder how the singles are going to do on the charts?
I am not saying he should have some DOOF! DOOF! DOOF! Song where we’ll *cue Kelly Rowland to gyrate* but he could have at least had one or two mainstream-ish songs.
Score: Gay/10 = Undecided
By Zamani Khethelo