Frank Ocean - Blonde (2016)

Reason for Listening:
#98 on the Billboard 200 (Week of 20230812).
Last Week: 104 | Peak: 1 | Weeks on Chart: 341

Released 20160820.
17 songs. 60:08. Blonde (2016)
First listen.
I like the second half of this song ("Nikes")
Hmm... Nice flow. ("Pink + White")
Huh. This song reminds me of the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory song "Pure Imagination". [searching the internet, I have found many people have also drawn a similarity between the songs; some people have done mashups, e.g.,; note, however, that the similarity is technically with "(They Long to Be) Close to You"; this song samples Stevie Wonder's cover of the song]
Second listen.
Moved "Nikes" from a "1" to a "2"
Moved "Nights" from a "1" to a "0"
The piano and rapping make such a powerful combination. In particular, the chords are punchy. Moved "Solo (Reprise)" from a "1" to a "2"
I guess the tone of "Pretty Sweet" builds on "Solo (Reprise)" - darker, heavier, and yet due to the vocals, more upbeat

2: "Nikes"; "Pink + White"; "Be Yourself"; "Solo"; "Self Control"; "Solo (Reprise)"; "Facebook Story"; "Close To You";
1: "Skyline To"; "White Ferrari"; "Godspeed";
0: "Ivy"; "Good Guy"; "Nights"; "Pretty Sweet"; "Seigfried"; "Futura Free";

I like the range and mix of tracks on this album. However, I did not build an affinity to any particular song. This is somewhat strange as four of the tracks on the album are on the artist's Spotify Top 10. As an aside, it's interesting to learn that Ocean has thus far only released two albums.

Overall Rating: 4.2/5
Favorite Song: None

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