#10 Frank Ocean - BlondeThat's the way everyday goes
Every time we've no control
If the sky is pink and white
If the ground is black and yellow
For years, it looked like Frank Ocean was taking the piss out of his public, teasing music and endlessly delaying an album called Boys Don't Cry. This sentiment of being fooled was kept alive by the release of the Endless mixtape/album/whatever and the first single of the proper album (Blonde), Nikes, some days later. The track starts with a heavily autotuned voice that lasts for some minutes, before Frank finally enters the album with his own voice (singing "We'll let you guys prophesy", perhaps ironically), which sounds like a statement of his being finally in the hic et nunc
of his music, again. Blonde is a radically different album compared to his debut: instead of its predecessor's grandeur, the listener is welcomed into a deeply introspective world. Ocean is relaxed and confident but also agoraphobic: the album sounds as if he were looking down on the world from his window, with a detached but penetrating stare. His storytelling abilities now serve the purpose of recounting the world seen through the medium of his eyes, and his inner world as well. After years of elusiveness, Ocean is finally revealing himself (at least, in his music).
Must listen: Nikes, Pink + White, Self Control, Nights, Facebook Story, White Ferrari, Siegfried
[no video to be found, cause the good sis put out all the visuals as an Apple Music exclusive