Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
CRITIC SCORE
91
Based on 24 reviews
2012 Rank: #1 / 677
USER SCORE
84
Based on
310 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
Consequence of Sound
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
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
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.

90
musicOMH
musicOMH

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

90
AllMusic
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
Under The Radar
Under The Radar

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

90
The 405
The 405

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

90
The Line of Best Fit
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
Slant Magazine

Channel Orange is so textured, complex, and mature

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.

80
FACT Magazine
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
Rolling Stone
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
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.
Tom Simmons
90
Fav Tracks: Pyramids, Sweet Life, Thinkin Bout You, Forrest Gump, Super Rich Kids, Sierra Leone, Pilot Jones, Lost
EMR
85
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.
Swans - The Seer
#2

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Nostalgia, Ultra.

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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