Singer Frank Ocean for the first time performed last night on the Jimmy Falon show, just days after opening up about his sexual orientation, and being in love with a man at the age of 19. More details below………….
Ocean made headlines last week after stirring up some rumors on his “Orange Album” that he was Bisexual, to then posting on his Tumblr blog that he’s gay. Frank has seen many support from major celebs such as Russell Simmons, his Odd Future wingman Tyler the Creator, Jay-Z, Solange Knowles and Beyonce.
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Now, Frank has also dropped his studio album, “Channel Orange” which hit itunes shortly after his appearance on last night’s Jimmy Falon show and the 24-year-old’s debut effort did not disappoint.
Although physical copies of the album don’t hit stores until next week. Def Jam had slated Channel Orange for a July 17 release, but Ocean had previously said he wished he could surprise fans (though, in the Twitter age, the secret was revealed soon after Ocean taped the Fallon performance). Releasing Channel Orange a week early is a smart move, especially given the fact that Def Jam had also scheduled a certain Nasir Jones’ album for the 17th (Life Is Good is still set to drop on that date).
No two tracks on Channel Orange are the same, but all of them are expertly and fully produced. Nearly every outro and intro comes with modulations in tone as organs blare, crashing waves, strings, dog barks, falling rain, playing kids, finger snaps, slamming car doors, tape deck sounds (familiar to those who listened to nostalgia, ULTRA, Ocean’s more than impressive mixtape) and other accouterments build out the album.
There’s a current of self-awareness in the lyrics that is mirrored in these aural interruptions, making the whole package all the more cohesive and believable.
As a result, the album rings with maturity — even on tracks where Ocean considers his own insecurities. He knows how to let a song breathe (a la Jay-Z) before approaching the microphone.
“If it brings me to my knees, it’s a bad religion,” he eventually croons on “Bad Religion,” one of the album’s finer moments. Elsewhere, on a track featuring fellow Odd Future star Earl Sweatshirt, he explores the discomfort he feels around “Super Rich Kids.”
Also making appearances are John Mayer and none other than Andre 3000, on “White” and “Pink Matter,” respectively.
Be sure to check out the physical copies of “Channel Orange” on July 17.