Frank Ocean – Blonde
New Frank Ocean, finally! ‘Channel Orange’ can’t be bested, though. It’s all about Frank’s voice and his emotions; the accompaniment is spare, an overdose of acoustic guitar while the few slick beats make us yearn for more. It’s too lo-fi, too sprawled for four years of work. Songs lack the personality of ‘Thinkin bout you’ or ‘Pyramids’ here, but we do get some highlights only Frank can achieve. It’s hard not to cry at ‘Solo’ or ‘Seigfried’. Was it worth the wait? Yes, but a masterpiece it is not.
Best song: Seigfried