Album of the month: February 2013

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Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
(Release: July 2012)

Smooth vocalist and Odd Future member Frank Ocean won the nation over last year with the release of his debut album, Channel Orange. Not only was the music fantastic, but at the same time it came supported with an open, very personal, letter on Tumblr. The letter was a confession about falling in love with a man, and to this day it is one of the most beautiful and touching stories I have ever read.

With homophobia being openly spoke of in the rap game, it seemed fans either had heap loads of respect for the 25 year old for stepping out with the truth, or they resulted to immature, small minded comments. Luckily, it seems more people were for rather than against Frank’s sexuality, gaining him an amount of fans he’s probably never even dreamed of.

Channel Orange made it’s way into various ‘best albums of 2012’ charts, and was a major success for Frank Ocean. It’s one of my favourite albums because 7 months on, I still find myself going back to it and loving it as much, if not more, as the first time I heard it.

Favourite tracks would be the first song I ever heard from Ocean, Thinkin’ Bout You, and Sierra Leone.

Many people slate Frank Ocean for using his sexuality story to get better album sales, and hey, maybe he did. But to be honest, maybe we should’ve picked up on the amount of times he’s previously used ‘boy’ instead of ‘girl’ in lyrics, or simply straight out telling us “I’m high and i’m bi, wait, I mean i’m straight” in his part of track Oldie (05:13) with Odd Future.

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