A Closer Look at Frank Oceans new album “Blonde”

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Frank Ocean’s album cover

Natalie Perez, Co-Editor-In-Chief

Frank Ocean has broke his silence to bring the world Blonde.

      His release of his visual album Endless brought fans hope for the first time since his library card teaser, which contained all the dates that Boys Don’t Cry album was supposed to drop, but never did. Endless was the first time Frank shared with the world his creative direction and we got to hear what Frank had been holding back for so long. Although the video itself was merely Frank building a staircase, it breathed relief to the hearts of his countless fans. Giving more of a mix-tape feel, the constant moving of tracks and disregard for order in the songs kept listeners on the edge of their seats as they watched the live stream.

      Four years since the release of Channel Orange, Frank had been working in the studio with artist like Andre 3000, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and so many other talented people to create a work of art Frank was ready to share with the world.  

     Blonde is a transcendence of music through the art of slow beats and soulful lyrics. There is an empty sound heard within this album that creates an experience of loss, love and sorrow.The absence of drums and the introduction of isolated guitar and keyboard sounds created a longing for the listener, to search of meaning within songs that rarely hit a minute mark.  A difference from Channel Orange is the importance of Franks lyrics. The clarity and rawness of songs like Nikes, showing the scrutiny of materialism and remembrance of Trayvon Martin. The album goes more in depth with complex issues many artists feel uncomfortable using, but Frank rejoices the pain that the black community feels. This being his first album as an openly bisexual black man, the album means more than just music for many. Blonde is currently only available on Apple Music, but the wait for others will not be long.