Album Review: Channel Orange

The album cover for Frank Oceans album Channel Orange

The album cover for Frank Oceans album Channel Orange

 

How does it feel: The music  is invigorating, making me want to move. Filling every limb of my body,  moving me to the beat. The vocals give me chills, pairing up perfectly with the beat on each track. The lyrics, music, and vocals make me feel heartbreak, love, happiness, and sadness, all depending on the subject of each song. 

What does it sound like: Every song tells a different story, creating settings and dialogues that add so much to the song. The music sounds genuine and fluid, and not forced, as if Ocean didn’t like what he was making. Every song is so unique, so one song evokes love, while another uses sounds to emulate  confusion/sadness. 

What does it remind me of: Channel Orange reminds me of the 1960’s. The song “Pilot Jones” makes me think of old flight attendant uniforms, with bright red lipstick and pinned up hair. “Super Rich Kids” reminds me of beautiful mansions with old cars in the driveway, a gardener trimming bushes, and a ball with hundreds of attendees. “Fertilizer” is like an old commercial that is literally trying to sell fertilizer, using catchy beats and lyrics that would cause the tune to be stuck in anyone’s ’s head. 

Describe the music: The music is very uplifting, catchy, and smooth. The vocals are ridiculously amazing; his range is vast, hitting the highest and lowest notes, controlling every pitch. Each song on the album  it’s own and every beat is different. There is so much variety in Channel Orange that if I had to pick one song to call my favorite, I wouldn’t be able to. 

  • Facts about Frank Ocean:
  1. Born as Christopher Edwin Cooksey on October 28th, 1987
  2. Ocean is an American singer, songwriter, song producer that started off as ghost writer 
  3. In 2010 Frank Ocean joined the hip hop group Odd Future, and the following year dropped his first mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra,. The mixtape was a huge success.
  4. Following his mixtape in 2011, he released his single Novacane, peaking at number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 later becoming a platinum record.
  5. In 2012, Ocean secured a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings
  6. In July of 2012, Ocean released the album Channel Orange. This record blew up, reaching all the way to the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 200, later becoming a platinum album. Channel Orange received a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album. 
  7. Ocean was born in Long Beach, California, later moving to New Orleans, Louisiana. Ocean attended the University of New Orleans to study english, but due to Hurricane Katrina, he was forced to transfer to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette 
  8. In 2006, Ocean moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue his music career. He ended up writing songs for other artists like Justin Bieber, John Legend, and Brandy, but he felt that writing songs for other people wasn’t the reason he moved away from his family or school.