The album the world has been waiting for finally arrived over the weekend but is it all we hoped it would be? Maddie Aldridge has listened to it and here is her verdict.
Frank Ocean - Blonde
On the 20th August Frank Ocean finally revealed his long awaited second album to the world. Now titled Blonde, (formally Boys Don’t Cry) the album allows Ocean to branch out and develop his ideas, whilst also keeping his traditional sound that made him so popular with Channel Orange in songs such as Nikes and Nights.
Whilst the album does have an impressive 17 tracks just over half of them are over three minutes in length which can be quite annoying. For example, Pretty Sweet is such a brilliant track with a fresh direction for Ocean but two minutes is not enough to enjoy it before it switches about with two arguably pointless interludes and then mellows out into the beautiful track White Ferrari.
Although a quick changing track list may have worked in the past for other artists it doesn’t work for Blonde. This is a shame because songs such as Self Control and Nikes are so different to one another, while being equally as brilliant, but it feels as though they are lost in the album.
Overall Blonde is an average album with a handful of exceptional songs - not too dissimilar to Kanye West's The Life of Pablo which, received a similar hype in the lead up to its release. Frank Ocean had the potential to create one of the best albums of 2016 but sadly it didn’t happen with Blonde.