“我觉得自己像塞琳娜，”弗兰克·海洋在“未来自由”节目中唱道，"they wanna…murder me like Selena." The "they" in that lyric is a thinly veiled reference to the R&B artist's rabid fanbase,who've reached near apoplexy over and over again in the long wait for the follow-up toChannel Orange.All told,fours years (give or take a few weeks) isn't那个漫长的等待。但弗兰克没有试着安抚任何紧张，quite the opposite in fact.他宣布他的二年级唱片，then calledBoys Don't Cry,回到2015年4月，转接柱that included a tantalizing detail: #JULY2015.We all know what didn't happen that July,or this July for that matter,when Frank posted a library slip filled with missed due dates that included July 2016 in the list (ha ha).So overzealous fans can be forgiven for their anger and frustration,and maybe even applauded for not taking matters into their own hands.(I'm looking at you,第二修正案的人!)
Though the foreplay felt interminable,the payoff—twogreat Frank Ocean records delivered back-to-back last week—approaches the tantric.The first release is a "visual album",if only in name.Yes,Endless功能移动图像,of multiple Franks constructing a spiral staircase to nowhere in particular,but skyward nonetheless.这就是说，Endless,它仍然作为一个单一的苹果音乐流存在，金沙开户网址isn't the cinematic equivalent to柠檬水，or even particularly interesting to watch.它是，相反，an aural patchwork of fascinating ideas and song snippets,of roads Ocean didn't fully explore,that have been unified into an dreamy cul-de-sac.
Blonde—unleashed a day later,also exclusively on Apple Music,and in conjunction with pop-up outlets where it was bundled with a magazine bearing the album's original title—is the true heir toChannel Orange.听众perplexed byEndless' experimentalism能满意地呼气；这些是带有可识别框架的歌曲，such as verses,桥梁，and choruses.But likeEndless,Blondeis a singular statement.And,followingChannel Orange's lead,both new albums proudly thwart specific categories or genres.
Los Angeles continues to be an inspiration,精神环境，for Ocean's latest work.IfChannel Orangeemerged from the gaudy mansions of Ladera Heights,Blonde在月桂树峡谷平房里闲逛会更舒服。Acoustic guitars,sometimes plugged in,提供备用琴弦和弹拨的琶音。Electric piano notes and organ chords offer a bit of moody color.On top of these basic instrumental accompaniments,and some percussive pitter-patter now and then,弗兰克唱得很优美，direct vocal hooks.Apart from a few notable exceptions—the choral freak-out of "Pretty Sweet",the soul thump of "Nights",the lush swing of "Pink + White",the fractured Carpenters interpolation of "Close to You"—these tracks are like elegant watercolor paintings next to the thick and layered brushstrokes ofChannel Orange's oil masterworks.
然而，这种简单的声音掩盖了Blonde's deceptive power and richness.Despite a ridiculous list ofcontributor credits,以及令人惊叹的安德烈3000展示的断断续续（“独奏（重奏）”），这是一张似乎由一位全能的作家掌舵的专辑。Ocean's lyrics have never been so inventive (the impressionistic vistas of "White Ferrari" and "Solo"),so naked (the personal reflections of "Nights" and "Futura Free"),或者说是温柔的（对“神速”和“好人”的浪漫忏悔）。His vocals have reached peak devastation: see the reverberated regret of "Seigfried",the celestial coda of "Self Control",“耐克”的悲伤。
Apart from an early stint as a professional songwriter,Frank Ocean has eschewed the imperative to churn outBillboard感觉。His biggest single,"Thinking About You",尽管完全没有排名第一的雄心壮志，但却成了一个小小的打击。But Ocean remains a natural melodicist,有侧钩子的诀窍。Nothing onBlonde接近令人眩晕的高度"坏宗教“，"Thinking About You",or "Forrest Gump".Its opening trio—the beguiling "Nikes",the lilting "Ivy",the tinkling "Pink + White"—comes the closest.Still,Frank seems less interested than ever with hit-making.His vision onBlondeis holistic and grand.As such,this is a more unified work thanChannel Orange其短剧有着共同的器乐主题；Ocean offhandedly refers back to an earlier lyric on "Seigfried";"Futura Free" is a meta-commentary of his career and the album's creation.
There's no question thatBlondewas well worth the wait,though I'm unconvinced it merited such a protracted and hyped windup.海洋似乎为我们准备了另一件杰作，which this isn't.On the whole,Blondeis more assured and consistent thanChannel Orange.它继承了他那夸张的处子秀的浮夸，but lacks the thrill of groundbreaking novelty.Frank Ocean是个局外人，an artist who can produce an album this phenomenal and nevertheless fall a bit short.A MINUS