The Independent

Ocean’s 1 – Big Splash

Joseph Daddario, Staff Writer

September 6, 2012

  Frank Ocean has made a splash, pun intended, with his debut studio album “Channel Orange.” This R&B/neo-soul album does not disappoint. With the advent of iTunes and the ability to buy a single song off of an album, I feel artists have ditched the idea of having an album full of great songs and now focus on dropping an album with 2-3 great songs with the rest as just filler. Ocean’s album does not follow that rule. Overall, the album has 3-5 songs that are just amazing. “Thinkin’ Bout You” and “Crack Rock” are my personal favorites. Although I suggest not singing the chorus of “Crack Rock” while walking down the streets like I have- you may get some pretty strange looks. This is the type of album that you could put on repeat and listen to while doing some chores or cooking, or just relaxing, and never have to worry about skipping a track or hearing that one song on the album you don’t like, all the songs on this album definitely raise the bar for his next album. Frank Ocean has made a splash, pun intended, with his debut studio album Channel Orange. This R&B/neo-soul album does not disappoint. It mixes different styles such as jazz-punk, pop-soul and electro-funk to give it an original one-of-a-kind sound. The album covers subjects such as unrequited love, spirituality, desire, and decadence. Ocean’s songwriting integrates empathic lyrics, dreamlike imagery and descriptive narratives to really draw the listener into his songs. With the advent of iTunes and the ability to buy a single song off of an album, I feel artists have ditched the idea of having an album full of great songs and now focus on dropping an album with 2 to 3 great songs with the rest as just filler. Ocean’s album does not follow that rule. Overall, the album has 3 to 5 songs that are just plain amazing, Thinkin’ Bout You and Crack Rock being personal favorites. Although I suggest you don’t sing the chorus of Crack Rock while you’re walking down the streets like I have. You’ll get some pretty strange looks. This is the type of album that you could put on repeat and listen to it while you’re doing some chores, or cooking, or just relaxing. You never have to worry about skipping a track or hearing that one song on the album you don’t like. Compared to his previous work, Ocean still delivers a smooth sound and great beats. All the songs on this album definitely raise the bar for his next album. To learn more about Frank Ocean, visit him at: https://www.facebook.com/thefrankocean...

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