Frank Ocean - Endless
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Based on 15 reviews
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Based on 456 ratings
2016 Ratings: #24
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August 19, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Drowned in Sound

Though Endless is predominantly concerned with textures, tones and seemingly throwaway material; tightly-drawn works like ‘U-N-I-T-Y’, ‘Slide On Me’ and the brief ‘Higgs’ stand alone when separated from the avant-garde display.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Like Wilson before him, Ocean has delivered a non-commercial pop curio that now and then slows down to focus on an idea long enough to form a “complete” song, or not.

80
The Guardian

Endless feels like an artistic statement before a pop album, even if it’s ultimately an impressive merging of the two.

80
Mojo

A 45-minute ‘visual album’ showing the reclusive soul man building a spiral staircase over freeform ambient noodling.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

His response to the crisis-ordinary is to take his time, to ask us to be patient. The first two songs on Endless aren’t even Frank Ocean songs, and the rest blur together with an anti-programmatic sort of dream sequencing.

75
Pitchfork

As a piece of filmed entertainment, Endless is painfully dull, and perhaps that’s the point ... the Endless soundtrack is much more exciting—46 minutes of music that plays like a mixtape, sliding from song to song, demo to demo, like scrolling through Frank’s hard drive of unreleased material.

67
Consequence of Sound

While the visual album appears to be a gorgeous black and white ode to the DIY nature Ocean took on for this project, it wobbles between its highs and lows.

60
NOW Magazine

The lyrics are vivid and occasionally rote in their romanticism, but the formlessness of Endless is deceptive.

58
A.V. Club

At almost 45 minutes with only the subtlest of changes in tone and action, the video becomes a chore to sit through. And the music—the “album” half of the equation—only makes the visual component more interesting in fits and starts.

50
AllMusic

This offers more of the detailed scenes only Ocean can script, as well as some stray sly quotables. Ultimately, it's a smartly ordered patchwork of mostly secondary material.

40
Under The Radar

Suffice to say Endless lives up to its name in every wrong sense of the word.

exception
73
I'm like, "eh"
BuffaloStaple
70
Attention people, please ignore all these dumb fucking music news outlets declaring this as the follow up to 'channel ORANGE' to get clicks and stuff because it's not, it's a visual album, a little video music art project Frank threw together. It's basically a long ass video where a bunch of Frank Ocean clones decide to build a staircase while listening to some tunes though some big ass fucking speakers, and those tunes happen to be some never before heard Frank Ocean songs, which apparently ... read more
Aoaystheory
NR
n dats how ya build stairs
EMR
59
A rather confusing and misguided project that was never meant to follow up 2012's channel Orange, but rather work on its own as a super-conceptual visual project that happens to feature some of Ocean's newly recorded music. The visuals are definitely not that interesting, but focusing on the music per se, it is hard to say that Endless makes up for an interesting listen. Sure, it certainly has its really beautiful moments (mostly on the first half), where the singer/songwriter displays his ... read more
JeremiahMurphy
85
Franks golden unreleased material. This is such a hard hitting but great in depth record that goes so well with the film. Thank you for this masterpiece, Frank.
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Track List

  1. Device Control
  2. At Your Best (You Are Love) (Isley Brothers cover)
  3. Alabama
  4. Mine
  5. U-N-I-T-Y
  6. Ambience 001: “In a Certain Way”
  7. Commes Des Garcons
  8. Ambience 002: “Honeybaby”
  9. Wither
  10. Hublots
  11. In Here Somewhere
  12. Slide on Me
  13. Sideways
  14. Florida
  15. Deathwish (ASR)
  16. Rushes
  17. Rushes To
  18. Higgs
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Added on: August 19, 2016