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Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
CRITIC SCORE
91
Based on 23 reviews
2012 Rank: #1 / 664
USER SCORE
84
Based on
290 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club
A.V. Club

Snubbing nearly every contemporary radio trend, it positions itself instead as the latest in a line of revelatory, late-period neo-soul albums

100
Pretty Much Amazing
Pretty Much Amazing

Channel Orange’s scale and scope are impressive to behold.

95
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

The 24-year-old has quickly proven himself to be among the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation; he's got the type of voice, wit, charm, smarts, and ineffable humanity that's always hoped for, but never promised.

91
Beats Per Minute
Beats Per Minute

Frank’s strengths are his versatile voice, the breadth of his songwriting capabilities, the way he mixes and matches old aesthetics and ends up with strange new combinations

90
musicOMH
musicOMH

As Channel Ocean reaches its end, every emotion associated with it can be traced back to one: fulfilment. 

90
Under The Radar
Under The Radar

No expectation could have prepared listeners for how good this album is.

90
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

Beyond genre lines, racial lines, sexuality lines, any lines you can think of, it's that all-too-rare gem: a universal story you'll come back to long after the hype's been and gone.

87
Paste
Paste

Restraint is key to the execution of Channel Orange, a neo-R&B album that, for all its layered beauty, never overwhelms.

80
PopMatters
PopMatters

channel ORANGE finds Frank Ocean rising to the challenge with a class unlike anyone in music these days.

70
No Ripcord
No Ripcord

With a few notable exceptions, Channel ORANGE is solid rather than spellbinding

User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
84
Really love the production in this album. This genre of music is new to me so I was entertained throughout this whole album. The second half definitely where this album shines.

Favourite tracks: Pyramids, Bad Religion, Super Rich Kids, Thinkin About You, Lost, Forrest Gump, Sweet Life, Pink Matter

FinalLifeline
100
Some of my less adventurous friends spurned Channel Orange when I showed it to them. After many conversations about it, it came down to this: "It's too forward-thinking, too immersive, too honest, too non-stereotypical." Yet that's what I love it for. I think Frank Ocean scares them. Such a talent is terrifying to anyone with an aversion to anything that could get them to think or feel rather than blindly listen. Maybe Frank and I will never win them over, but I'll keep ... read more

friendlybison
73
An interestingly written and greatly produced R&B record with absorbing and complex instrumentals guided by Ocean's fantastic vocal presentation. It doesn't do that much for me or it's genre, but I still had a good time with it.

90
Fav Tracks: Pyramids, Sweet Life, Thinkin Bout You, Forrest Gump, Super Rich Kids, Sierra Leone, Pilot Jones, Lost

EMR
89
A fantastic album. Ocean's voice sounds perfect and fits even better with the atmosphere built along the 17 tracks in channel Orange. The audio quality is near perfection and the production is top-notch. The lyrics are great too, and Frank manages to keep the listener drifting along from the first second of the intro. Overall, a great RnB album that will stand tall for a long time, as well as keep the fans craving for more.

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Track List
  1. Start 
  2. Thinkin Bout You 
  3. Fertilizer 
  4. Sierra Leone 
  5. Sweet Life 
  6. Not Just Money 
  7. Super Rich Kids (feat. Earl Sweatshirt) 
  8. Pilot Jones 
  9. Crack Rock 
  10. Pyramids 
  11. Lost 
  12. White (feat. John Mayer) 
  13. Monks 
  14. Bad Religion 
  15. Pink Matter (feat. André 3000) 
  16. Forrest Gump 
  17. End
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Added on: June 8, 2012