Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
CRITIC SCORE
92
Based on 29 reviews
2012 Rank: #1 / 783
USER SCORE
85
Based on
380 ratings

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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.

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
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.

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
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

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User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
83
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
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.
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
94
This album makes me looking for more of neo-soul/R&B stuff. I couldn't find any albums
satisfiying as this, stick up with it.
dyelir
96
Dare this be dubbed "metropolitan r&b"? Frank Ocean even lyrically embraces the concept on "Super Rich Kids" and "Sweet Life". Although the album itself ends up unravelling itself the latter half to be some twisted, raunchy love story, which is what we ultimately expect from any R&B record. Frank, however, takes every drug-filled, sexually implied lyric and applies it to R&B music at its most modern, zen-like state.
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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