Frank Ocean

Blonde

2016

This album was released 120 weeks ago.

88% ±8% 23 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 Nikes
2 Ivy
3 Pink + White
4 Be Yourself
5 Solo
6 Skyline To
7 Self Control
8 Good Guy
9 Nights
10 Solo (Reprise)
11 Pretty Sweet
12 Facebook Story
13 Close To You
14 White Ferrari
15 Seigfried
16 Godspeed
17 Futura Free
Rating Source
88% 4WIM Rating
100% Renowned for Sound For an album released after such fervent anticipation, and with such grandiosity (he also released an accompanying visual album, Endless, following 3 weeks of intermittently streaming footage of the film to his fans), Blonde is almost shockingly sedate.
100% The Guardian It seemed logical that Endless was the sound of Ocean unburdening himself of his more outre leanings before the release of his second studio album, a more focused commercial project that would cement the reputation he earned after 2012’s Channel Orange as one of pop’s most vital voices.
100% Consequence of Sound To return with a record as spacious as Blonde takes confidence, and yet the deeper the album’s explored, the more it seems to be an acceptance of fragility.
100% The Skinny The single with which Ocean introduced his second official album is delicate, tender, true; wheeling through commercial dealings, police brutality and the trappings of fame with class and clatter.
100% Dagens Nyheter Det visade sig dock vara en väldigt ambitiös förrätt – Frank Oceans huvudsakliga nya skiva heter ”Blonde” och släpptes redan dagen efter, på en lördag.
93% Paste Magazine Before it was recognized as a sprawling masterpiece, Frank Ocean's debut album channel ORANGE was pigeonholed as an overhyped album about coming out of the closet.
90% Exclaim! Music Last week's drop of Endless, was a quick jab in the form of a "visual album" that set us up for Blonde — or Blond, as the cover art suggests — to hit us with the haymaker.
90% Pop Matters In the four years since channel ORANGE was released, Frank Ocean has gone from breakout star to musical myth.
90% Music OMH Eventually though, late on a Saturday night, Ocean’s ‘official’ new album was finally released and it’s as mystifying and contrary a beast as you’d expect.
90% The Line of Best Fit
90% Pitchfork How dare you just be excellent?” The Rock quote is from a 2012 profile of the reclusive D’Angelo, who felt compelled to release his first album in 14 years following the shooting of Michael Brown; the moment spurred him on.
90% Drowned in Sound As with Endless, there is the sense that we are parachuting in media res into different stages of Frank Ocean’s state of mind.
85% Under the Radar Magazine Sep 16, 2016 Web Exclusive By Kyle Mullin "Pink + White," one of the standout tracks from Frank Ocean's latest album, Blonde, would have fit nicely on his last proper album, 2012's Channel Orange.
83% Nöjesguiden Det karaktärsmässiga steget från Endless till Blonde är inte särskilt långt, men det existerar i allra högsta grad.
80% Slant Magazine
80% Spin On the same song, Ocean promises, “We’re not in love, but I’ll make love to you”; a couple tracks later on “Solo,” the most emotive vocal on Blonde insists, “In hell there’s heaven.” There’s no hair this guy can’t split.
80% Tiny Mixtapes Muttered words, birdsong, things falling apart, studio space clatter, voicemails, windblown interviews.
80% DIY Magazine When music and meaning don’t fully click together like a neat stack of Lego bricks, ambiguity steps in.
80% No Ripcord
80% PressPLAY With his blueprint ‘visual album’ Endless – a gamble that’s still rich sonically but sort of didn’t really achieve anything in terms of artistry or mystique – it almost felt like he was having a bit of a laugh at our expense.
80% State Just the idea of new music from Frank Ocean was starting to distract from the singer’s very real talents as it was delayed and delayed again.
80% The Telegraph For an album that arrived in a wave of hype and anticipation, Frank Ocean’s Blonde is a complex yet weirdly undemonstrative affair.
80% Rolling Stone Magazine (Australia) Even before Frank Ocean fell quiet for the better part of four years, leaving a legion of fans to wonder when — if?