Frank Ocean (born October 28, 1987) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, rapper, photographer, and visual artist. Recognized for his idiosyncratic musical style, introspective and elliptical songwriting, and wide vocal range, Ocean is among the most acclaimed artists of his generation. Music critics have credited him with revitalizing jazz and funk-influenced R&B, as well as advancing the genre through his experimental approach. He is considered a representative artist of alternative R&B. Among Ocean’s awards are two Grammy Awards, a Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist in 2013 and an NME Award for Best International Male Artist in 2017. He was included in the 2013 edition of Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world and the 2017 edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30. Both Insider and The Wall Street Journal regarded Ocean as the most dominant artist of the 2010s decade. As a photographer, he worked with Vogue at the annual Met Gala and the British fashion magazine i-D. Premiered in 2017, he also has his own Beats 1 radio show, Blonded Radio, that often premiers his new singles. Here are all of Frank Ocean’s albums ranked.
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4. Nostalgia, Ultra. (2011)
“The album (mixtape) itself is pretty cool. Just as good as channel Orange maybe. Strawberry Swing is the highlight for me, though Novacane and There Will Be Tears are also great. Still not sure how I feel about the re-interpolated tracks at the end…”
3. Endless (2018)
“This album was originally released in 2016 as a visual livestream of frank slowly building a spiral staircase in a vast warehouse. This album represents the final move in a 7 year long game of chess with his label, after releasing this as a “decoy album”, his label finally let him go. He released Blonde less than 2 days after the original livestream.”
2. Channel Orange (2012)
“Channel Orange is probably the closest thing our generation has to a zeitgeist-defining record right now. From the pseudo-Twitter confessions of “Thinkin’ Bout You” to the sheltered yet world-weary “Sweet Life” to the simply awe-inspiring “Pyramids”, it’s essentially a chronicle of our “instant” generation. A record for our time, if it was ever possible. It’s uneven, but the pros outweigh the cons by far. In the end, it’s probably going to become a classic of the Highway 61/Rubber Soul variety; while we “could not think so far ahead”, Ocean was “thinkin’ ’bout forever”. Cliche, but true.”
1. Blonde (2016)
“Long sunsets, clouds lit up by the few remaining rays of light, set against a half-dark sky, the deepest kind of blue. Stars showing up, the pale moon taking its place. Clothes fluttering in the warm wind. The faint sound of cars, city lights flickering in the distance. Blonde makes me see views I’m no stranger to, yet they’re coming from a world I’ve only experienced in dreams – like watching somebody’s life (that’s somehow also my own) played back on celluloid.”