6. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
Frank Ocean‘s excellent debut mixtape, nostalgia, ULTRA., caught the attention of Kanye West and Jay-Z, and honestly, he outshined them on his two Watch the Throne tracks.
So expectations were high for his debut studio album (and early singles “White,” “Pyramids” and “Sweet Life” raised them even higher), but Ocean unquestionably delivered. channel ORANGE featured guest spots from big names like André 3000, John Mayer, and fellow Odd Future members Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, the Creator, but Ocean’s presence — in both his songwriting and singing — is so strong that you barely notice them.
Now, with several Grammy nominations, Ocean is contemplating not making any more albums. Although he just said it in passing and it’s hopefully not true, channel ORANGE would be an incredible standalone legacy.
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Frank Ocean will be releasing his debut album, Channel Orange, next week. But before it’s out, he released another single from it, following “Pyramids.”
“Sweet Life,” which was co-written with Pharrell Williams, continues to push Ocean’s R&B. The intricate mix builds with jazzy electric piano and bass riffs before it hits the warm chorus of synthesized horns. It sounds so intensely classic that it’s hard to believe Ocean is only 24.
Channel Orange, which is definitely one of our most anticipated released of the summer, is out July 17 on Def Jam.
Frank Ocean recently announced his debut album, Channel Orange. The singer’s EP Nostalgia, Ultra was delayed and never actually came out, so this will be his first physical release.
Ocean paired the announcement with the release of a new single, “Pyramids,” an epic 10-minute track. As you might expect with a song like that, it goes through some pretty drastic musical changes — almost sounding like two different songs — but Ocean never loses focus.
“Pyramids” isn’t the first epic Ocean’s done. Earlier this year, his seven-minute “American Wedding” used an unauthorized sample of “Hotel California” and caused some problems with the Eagles. But as far as we know, “Pyramids” is all legal.
Channel Orange comes out July 15 on Def Jam.