channel ORANGE (Explicit)
by Frank Ocean
Released: Jul 2012
After 2011's excellent Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape and the hit "Novacane," Frank Ocean fulfills his promise with this revelatory hour documenting his L.A. life, from the privileged teens running wild on "Super Rich Kids" to the nine-minute stripper tribute "Pyramids" (his most indulgent track). Singer-songwriter introspection (via a guitar solo from John Mayer on the oddly titled "White") and The Neptunes (the Pharrell Williams-produced "Sweet Life") lend substance to Ocean's journey in Hollyweird, but his sympathetic lyrics and warm voice make it intimate and casually brilliant.
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