With reviews from all around the world starting to make their way online about Frank Ocean’s “channel ORANGE”, one thing is for sure, it’s receiving praise from everyone.
We’ve scoured the web for reviews of the album so here’s a run down of what some of the major publications have to say about “channel ORANGE”.
The 24-year-old has quickly proven himself to be among the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation; he’s got the type of voice, wit, charm, smarts, and ineffable humanity that’s always hoped for, but never promised. Channel Orange is stuffed with one-of-a-kind details and characters, its overall scope is grand, as is Ocean’s. – Read Full Review
ROLLING STONE: 4/5
The question isn’t who Frank Ocean loves. It’s how he loves: ardently, recklessly, yet knowingly, with a young man’s headlong passion and a mordant wisdom beyond his years. There are echoes of soul forbears in Ocean’s music – Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder – but his feel for romantic tragedy, unfurling in slow-boiling ballads, links him to an older tradition. He is a torch singer. He’s also his own man, a distinctive voice with no real analogue in R&B, or anywhere else in today’s pop. – Read Full Review
HIP HOP DX: 4/5
Channel Orange, according to Frank, succinctly defines him as an artist. Good news is he followed through. The album is a storyteller’s album. In fact, it’s an immensely inclusive R&B album. Ocean runs through a gamut of stories and situations in this album. – Read Full Review
THE TELEGRAPH: 5/5
Sometimes in pop music, an artist comes along who has the edge on everyone else, accessible enough for broad popularity yet operating in a pioneering realm closer to the avant-garde….The real miracle of the album, and a sign that Ocean is a talent for our times, is that he can embark on something as flamboyant as Pyramids – a 10-minute, tempo-shifting, minor-chord narrative of Egyptian queens and Las Vegas strippers – and make it all seem to make sense. - Read Full Review
DJ BOOTH: 4.5/5
Frank Ocean’s debut album, Channel Orange, was already slated to become a landmark in R&B history before it was even released. He [is] a once in a generation voice, and the success of Channel Orange felt like a foregone conclusion. Frank Ocean is too many things to possibly describe on this page, but that’s why he created Channel Orange. Instead of trying to describe his life in text we could listen to it, and rarely has anyone given us so much of their life to listen to. This is more than an album, this is a moment in music history. Enjoy it. - Read Full Review
TIMEOUT LONDON: 5/5
Here were lush, oddly timeless pop hooks soldered to R&B beats in songs that expressed a ruminative, emotional vulnerability that’s all too rare in the genre….If that’s a metaphor for our increasingly limited attention span, Ocean need not worry. Tuning out his dazzling ‘Channel Orange’ is simply not an option. - Read Full Review
THE GUARDIAN: 5/5
Frank Ocean has got a lot of people talking about his sexuality – but his brilliant, beautiful new album is the real story. For now, the best tribute you can pay Channel Orange is that, while it plays, you forget about the chatter and just luxuriate in a wildly original talent. - Read Full Review
PRETTY MUCH AMAZING: A+
Channel Orange’s scale and scope are impressive to behold. It spans time and distance and for all of its 55 minutes, it’s brilliant….Channel Orange is the work of an auteur. Ignore its genre trappings (house, hip hop, rock): the album is pure soul. “I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore,” Ocean wrote on his Tumblr. The truth is, the post was unnecessary. He’d already outed himself on Channel Orange. Still, the album does contain one revelation: Frank Ocean. And the secret is out.
“Channel Orange” presents a complex view of American life from the mind of superbly talented writer and vocalist. ”Channel Orange” may make Frank Ocean a household name, or it might not. Either way, it’s one of the best albums of the year, and Ocean, hopefully, will keep making more like it, without a hint of reservation. – Read Full Review
ALL HIP HOP: 9/10
It’s one thing to start a war on society’s perceptions, and another to make a great album. Frank Ocean has done one of these….Frank Ocean has placed himself above genre borders and identity labels with Channel Orange. This is not summer time music, nor deep music, nor soul music, nor weird music, nor gay music. This is great music. - Read Full Review
- Entertainment Weekly – B+
- Chicago Tribune: 3.5/4
- BBC: “Odd Future singer delivers standout major label debut”
- Time Magazine: The fact that no two songs sound alike show a virtuoso on the rise.
- Washington Post: “It’s Ocean’s poise as a lyricist, vocalist and producer that feels so arresting”