Channel Orange [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Def Jam's contracted edition of Frank Ocean's Nostalgia, Ultra never materialized. The label nonetheless released two of the mixtape's songs as singles. One of them, "Novacane," clashed with everything else on the radio, reached the Top 20 of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and crossed into the Hot 100. The singer's presence spread with appearances on Goblin, 4, Watch the Throne, and The OF Tape, Vol. 2. He then completed this album with Malay, Om'Mas Keith, and Pharrell as his co-producers. Journalists present at June pre-release listening events speculated that some of the lyrics revealed Ocean's bisexuality. Ocean subsequently published a screen shot of a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Def Jam's contracted edition of Frank Ocean's Nostalgia, Ultra never materialized. The label nonetheless released two of the mixtape's songs as singles. One of them, "Novacane," clashed with everything else on the radio, reached the Top 20 of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and crossed into the Hot 100. The singer's presence spread with appearances on Goblin, 4, Watch the Throne, and The OF Tape, Vol. 2. He then completed this album with Malay, Om'Mas Keith, and Pharrell as his co-producers. Journalists present at June pre-release listening events speculated that some of the lyrics revealed Ocean's bisexuality. Ocean subsequently published a screen shot of a document, dated December 27, 2011, that included details of a crushing romantic relationship with a male. Ocean also revealed that he wrote for the sake of his sanity and credited his inner circle: "I'm sure these people kept me alive, kept me safe." One listen to Channel Orange makes it obvious that he is as free as an artist as he is as a man. The album doesn't have as many slyly powerful hooks as Nostalgia, Ultra, but Ocean's descriptive and subtle storytelling is taken to a higher level. He's up there with Bilal. As easy as it is to listen to Ocean's voice in long stretches -- he's casually expressive -- the number of deep ruminations over slow tempos requires some patience. Even the lone song that could be termed a banger is a ten-minute suite that takes 90 seconds to get on the floor; the song with the widest and most creative scope as well, "Pyramid" shifts from "my black Queen Cleopatra" and ancient Egypt (over swift synth funk) to "Your love ain't free no more" and a strip club (over booming, low-profile slickness). The lighter moments, such as the loose and bright "Sweet Life" and the relatively exuberant "Monks," both of which would be standouts on any N.E.R.D. album, offer more than bright coating, dealing in surrealism and sharp observations that are equally penetrating. On the other end, the most personal song is "Bad Religion," a phenomenal brokenhearted ballad consisting of organ, piano, strings, and handclaps: "This unrequited love/To me it's nothing but a one-man cult/And cyanide in my Styrofoam cup." Everything that falls between, counting the rumbling drug dependency tale "Crack Rock," the snapping/swooning "Pilot Jones," and the longing falsetto shuffle "Thinkin Bout You," is vivid and worthy of complete immersion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2012
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602527755281
  • Catalog Number: 001578802
  • Sales rank: 799

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Start (0:46)
  2. 2 Thinkin' 'Bout You (3:20)
  3. 3 Fertilizer (0:39)
  4. 4 Sierra Leone (2:28)
  5. 5 Sweet Life (4:22)
  6. 6 Not Just Money (1:00)
  7. 7 Super Rich Kids (5:04)
  8. 8 Pilot Jones (3:04)
  9. 9 Crack Rock (3:44)
  10. 10 Pyramids (9:53)
  11. 11 Lost (3:54)
  12. 12 White (1:16)
  13. 13 Monks (3:21)
  14. 14 Bad Religion (2:55)
  15. 15 Pink Matter (4:28)
  16. 16 Forrest Gump (3:15)
  17. 17 End/Golden Girl (8:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Ocean Primary Artist, Keyboards
Lalah Hathaway Background Vocals
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Charlie Hunter Bass
Francisco Torres Brass
Jeff Babko Keyboards
Pharrell Williams Keyboards
Sara Parkins Strings
Om'Mas Keith Keyboards, Background Vocals
Irvin Mayfield Brass
Stacy Barthe Background Vocals
Dave Eggar Strings
Shea Taylor Keyboards
Raymond Buck Background Vocals
Juliet Buck Background Vocals
Elizabeth Paige Background Vocals
Danielle Miranda-Simms Background Vocals
Crimson Tide Cheerleaders Background Vocals
Chuck Palmer Strings
Auntie Rosie Background Vocals
J. Ryan "Malay" Ho Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Brass
Technical Credits
Matt Chamberlain Programming
Mark Morales Composer
Mark Rooney Composer
Pat Thrall Engineer
Barry Weiss Label Consultant
Scott Marcus Label Consultant
Steve Bartels Label Consultant
Pharrell Williams Composer, Programming, Producer
André Benjamin Composer
Aaron Martinez Artwork
Om'Mas Keith Producer, Engineer
Michael Seltzer Label Consultant
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Monty Neuble Composer
Gabe Tesoriero Label Consultant
Thomas Mastorakos Artwork
Karen Kwak Label Consultant
Micah Otano Composer
Doug Fenske Engineer
Kirk Robinson Composer
Everest Executive Producer
Marcos Tovar Engineer
Phillip Scott III Engineer
Kristen Yiengst Label Consultant
Calvin Bailiff Engineer
Nathaniel Robison Jr. Composer
Jeff Ellis Engineer
R. Perry Composer
Shea Taylor Composer
R. Hammond Composer
James Fauntleroy II Composer
Michelle Jubelirer Legal Counsel
Christian Clancy Management
Ken Oriole Vocal Engineer
Frank Ocean Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Kelly Clancy Management
Vic Wainstein Engineer
Akinah Rahmaan Label Consultant
Dan Jensen Legal Counsel
Tyler Okonma Composer
Gabrielle Peluso Label Consultant
Auntie Rosie Composer
Phil Toselli Artwork
Thebe Kgositsile Composer
J. Ryan "Malay" Ho Composer, Programming, Producer
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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    greatness

    greatness

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    A UNIQUE AND INTERESTING MUSIC COMPOSITION!

    A UNIQUE AND INTERESTING MUSIC COMPOSITION!

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    I love the whole album. this guy is so talented and I look forwa

    I love the whole album. this guy is so talented and I look forward to see whats next from him.

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