- Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
CRITIC SCORE
92
Based on 30 reviews
2012 Rank: #1 / 881
USER SCORE
86
Based on
562 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Consequence of Sound
Whether he’s being sarcastic or vulnerable, publicly hedging or lyrically baring it all, his songwriting speaks to the humanity in us all.
100
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

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

100
The Fly

The album climaxes in romantic deluge; Ocean’s magnificent delivery ensures every tearful story feels true, tangible, relatable. In throwing his emotional locker wide open, Frank Ocean has made a tender, engrossing classic.

100
Time Out London

This album is every bit as boldly conceived, brilliantly executed and irrefutably fresh as the hype has it.

100
The Guardian

In a formulaic era, his production is impressively idiosyncratic, heavy on hazy electronics and cavernous, dubby reverb, and packed with weird touches: the melodies never quite pan out as you expect them to, while the backing shifts and changes unpredicatably.

100
NOW Magazine

Channel Orange is a stunningly ambitious soul album that establishes Ocean as one of the most creative artists in modern popular music. It's simultaneously of the moment and an undeniable classic.

95
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.

94
Billboard

No matter what Ocean's mood is on the album, the songs sound fantastic.

91
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
The 405

Channel Orange is a superbly forward-thinking piece of work that places Ocean lightyears ahead of his peers.

90
AllMusic

One listen to Channel Orange makes it obvious that he is as free as an artist as he is as a man. The album doesn't have as many slyly powerful hooks as Nostalgia, Ultra, but Ocean's descriptive and subtle storytelling is taken to a higher level. 

90
musicOMH

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

90
Under The Radar

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

90
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.

90
Spin

channel ORANGE feels like one long, moonlit, air-conditioned ride. Songs ease from one to the next, flowing together with ambient pieces of distant movie dialogue and the sound of electronics turning on and off.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Every song breathes like an individual fragment of Ocean’s personality and past, coaxed and caressed into life by his stunning voice and considered songwriting.

90
Slant Magazine

Channel Orange is so textured, complex, and mature

90
AllHipHop

Frank Ocean has placed himself above genre borders and identity labels with Channel Orange.

90
Clash

Frank Ocean belongs to a tiny sub-genre of artists who possess the ability to sing in falsetto about a girl smoking crack and still sound like a fucking angel. 

87
Paste

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

86
Coke Machine Glow

Channel Orange is going to be the standard to beat for some time. And it might very well be the best R&B album of our young decade.

83
Entertainment Weekly

Ocean is less concerned with urban realism than with his own ‘80s-noir fantasy of what the city’s like, and his music captures that vibe perfectly, pulsing with electro-soul grooves, vintage jazz-funk, and Angelino-friendly cameos by John Mayer and Andre 3000.

80
PopMatters

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

80
FACT Magazine

A largely beatific album, it propagates love over high living, but also shipped is the urban locale ... substituted for the same precocious wisdom, emotional intelligence, writerly nuance and reasoned portrayal of lust displayed on the Tumblr post.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes
Ocean's work is almost as good as those he references; his lyrics are almost uniformly terrific, sensual, specific, and unpredictable
80
HipHopDX
The album is a storyteller's album. In fact, it's an immensely inclusive R&B album.
80
Sputnikmusic

With Channel Orange Frank Ocean has proven himself as one of the most significant artists in popular music today.

80
Rolling Stone

When Ocean reins himself in, tucking his words and melodies into tighter verse-chorus structures, the songs have startling force.

70
No Ripcord

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

SherlockMHolmes
95
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FinalLifeline
95
Frank has been in hiding since the tail end of Channel Orange's runaway success, and it's easy to see why. It's a big album to follow up, and there are high expectations. Channel Orange is an excellent record, decidedly one of the best R&B albums in a long while, if not the best. Frank has one of the current era's most distinctive songwriting voices, and that talent is what makes the album so good. There is hardly a track here that isn't great (apart from "Monks", which has always ... read more
SeenYourVideo
92
Channel Orange is engrossing with original and demanding flavor from the superb and talented new kid on the block, Frank Ocean. 2012's best? Without a doubt.
MoistNarwhal
93
Ocean always sounds fresh on this record, appealing to our humanity and creating great romantic classics.
An ambitious album, executed brilliantly no matter the mood.
uralberk
100
-2012 AOTY #1-

A startpoint for growing hate, obsessive behaviour and criminal tendencies.

Playstation opens, Frank's love jam connects to the fertilizer pun, sad richness themes, drugs, cuts the half with 9 minutes epic, takes the guitar, discharges the vocals, closes the album.

And you will be like, which cave this guy hides in?
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DETAILS

July 17, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Def Jam / Label
R&B / Genres
frankocean.com / Website
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# 1 - A.V. Club
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# 19 - American Songwriter
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# 4 - Beats Per Minute
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# 5 - DIY
# 2 - Exclaim!
# 16 - FACT Magazine
# 2 - FILTER
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# 16 - Gorilla vs. Bear
# 2 - MOJO
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# 11 - Under the Radar
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