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OCEAN, FRANK - DELUXE - BLOND

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Deluxe - Blond
CATNO:
B01KRKL6R8LP
STYLE:
R&B / Hip Hop / Soul / R&B / Hip Hop / Soul /
FORMAT:
Vinyl record
DESCRIPTION:
Hip Hop R&B & Soul LP - LTD Edition Bonus LP On Coloured Vinyl With 3 Extra Tracks feat A$Ap Rocky Jay Z & Tyler The Creator.

Boys Don't Cry, the magazine distributed at pop-up locations the day this unlike-titled album was released, featured an essay in which Frank Ocean affably reflected upon his infatuation with cars. Allusions to parallels between vehicular travel and other aspects of life, such as making music, were drawn, his relief in completing the Channel Orange follow-up made apparent. For those who felt the proper debut wasn't forthcoming enough with hooks or traditionally structured songs, this is bound to seem less like a luxurious joyride on a freshly paved motorway than it does an interminable stay in a repair shop waiting lounge. In terms of pop appeal, none of it approaches "Novacane" or "Thinkin Bout You." The focus is more on Ocean, the extensive list of "album contributors" -- possibly a combination of studio collaborators and mere inspirations -- notwithstanding. He's often accompanied by only keyboards or a guitar or two; less than one-third of the tracks include the sound of his voice and that of a beat within the same space. Over the course of an hour, all the sparsely ornamented ruminations can be a bit of a chore to absorb, no matter how much one hangs on each line. The writing talent on display, however, is irrefutable, whether it's a sharp aside, the precision and economy in the chorus of the Beyoncé-backed "Pink + White," or the agony evoked in "Self Control" (with an outro multi-tracked to pull heartstrings). Through references to movement, and events that take place in automobiles and swimming pools, Ocean's words continue to be fueled by his memories of youth and young adulthood in summertime, while recreational pharmaceuticals are a factor more than ever. The lines regarding relationships are acutely descriptive with frequently abrupt transitions from deep to shallow observations. There's a little more playfulness to go along with the wistful heartache, Ocean's perverse sense of humor shows most when he follows his mother's stern anti-drug message with an ebullient vocal-and-organ number that opens with him "gone off tabs." In the closing "Futura Free," one of several cuts where processing distorts his voice the way a fun house mirror deforms a body, there is much weight to him to remarking "Don't let 'em find Pac/He evade the press/He escape the stress," then declaring "I ain't on your schedule." He's clearly bemused with the industry and fan entitlement. An undoubtedly reactive work, this is undiluted and progressive nonetheless.

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Nikes (Extended Magazine Version)
a2
Ivy
a3
Pink + White
a4
Be Yourself
a5
Solo
b1
Skyline To
b2
Self Control
b3
Good Guy
b4
Nights
b5
Solo (Reprise)
b6
Pretty Sweet
b7
Facebook Story
c1
Close To You
c2
White Ferrari
c3
Seigfried
c4
Godspeed
c5
Mitsubishi Sony (Bonus Track)
d1
Chanel (Bonus Track)
d2
Biking (Bonus Track)
d3
Futura Free

Last FM Information on Frank Ocean

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Frank Ocean (born October 28, 1987) is an American singer/songwriter and member of the gleefully-hedonistic hip-hop collective OFWGKTA. He was born Christopher Edwin Cooksey (later legally changed to Breaux) in Long Beach, California, and moved to New Orleans with his family as a young child. He has helped pen tracks for Justin Bieber, John Legend, Brandy, and Beyoncé. In 2011, Ocean released his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, for free via his Tumblr. After high school, Ocean enrolled in the University of New Orleans to study English. However, he had to suspend his studies due to Hurricane Katrina and its devastating effects that took place in the summer of 2005. His home and personal recording facility were destroyed, and after briefly studying at another college, he dropped out and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a music career. Ocean joined Los Angeles-based collective OFWGKTA, whose members he met through mutual friends, in 2009. At the end of 2009, he met Tricky Stewart, who helped Ocean sign a contract with Def Jam Recordings as an artist; however, he was initially unable to build a successful relationship with the company. In an April 2011 interview, Ocean intimated that his relationship with Def Jam had strengthened since the release of his mixtape. On April 28, 2011, Ocean was arrested on unspecified charges by the LAPD, and was released on the morning after on April 29, 2011. Ocean joined his OFWGKTA bandmates for the first time on tour from May 12 to May 19, 2011. On May 31, 2011, Def Jam released the single Novacane on iTunes soon followed by Swim Good Taken from his mixtape Nostalgia, ULTRA. Ocean's first "proper" album, Channel Orange was released on July 17, 2012. On April 23, 2015, he legally changed his name to "Frank Ocean" after attempting to do so a few times in the previous several years. In 2016, he released the visual album Endless alongside his second studio album Blonde, following several years of delays. "Blonde" debuted at number one in the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2017, Ocean released several singles, including "Chanel" and "Lens" through his Blonded Radio show, and made several appearances on other songs by artists like Calvin Harris, A$AP Mob, and Tyler, the Creator. The next year, he released his cover of "Moon River", a popular 1960s song from the film "Breakfast at Tiffany's". At the end of 2019, he released two more singles: "DHL" and "In My Room". At the beginning of April 2020, "Dear April" and "Cayendo" were released, the latter's title translating to "Falling" in English. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.


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