It’s finally here! After numerous delays, Frank Ocean finally released his long-awaited album, now titled Blond. The collection features 17 tracks of sumptuous R&B.
Blonde follows his visual album Endless, which he dropped on Friday (Aug. 19). Then he released the avant-garde, NSFW video for “Nikes.”
On Saturday (Aug. 20), fans were treated with Blonde that features a plethora of album contributors including Kanye West, Beyonce, Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Jazmine Sullivan, Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin, Mike Dean, Tyler The Creator and so many more.
As far as the music, there’s daring and melodic sounds on the project. On Skyline To,” featuring K.Dot, Ocean sings stream of consciousness lyrics about drugs and women over a etherial guitars. On “Ivy,” another guitar-laden track, the Grammy-winning singer croons of heartbreak and pain.
One standout track on the album is “Close to You,” which is an Auto-Tuned-fused remix of Stevie Wonder’s cover of The Carpenters’ 1970 song of the same name. Another is “Godspeed” where Ocean lets his voice shine over a heavenly organ groove and gospel singer Kim Burell on background vocals.
The good folks at Genius.com is streaming the entire album and has the track list and lyrics annotated so you can understand what Ocean is trying to convey.
Take a listen to the album and tell us what you think of it in the comments below.