Frank Ocean – Channel ORANGE

Just like the makers of fine coffee tell us that the secret to its unique taste is all in the blend the same can be said of ‘Channel ORANGE’ by Frank Ocean a beautiful record although one that is hard to define. At times it is straight RnB but along the way it takes in hip hop, trip hop, soul, funk and more. It has the sheen of James Blake, the playfulness of Del La Soul’s ‘Three Feet High and Rising’, hints of early D.J. Shadow and the mood creating atmosphere of The XX. There are moments that, if you swapped out the beats for piano, are very Elton John and some sections feel like they have jumped out of the pop charts circa 1980s. Lyrically it is broad and dense with Ocean broaching subjects that range from drugs to affluence, love and religion but sung so sweetly that even the darkest themes seem positively angelic. The way Ocean has taken familiar elements and added a modern spin while keeping a sense of fun is what makes the music stand out and is what will keep people coming back to this album.

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