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  • Summary: Just a a day after he released his Visual album Endless, Ocean releases a 17-track album on Apple Music (and a 12-track version at pop-up stores included a Boys Don't Cry artbook/magazine) featuring contributions from Beyonce, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Rubin, and Kanye West.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Sep 1, 2016
    100
    Soulful, impeccable production shines on every heartbreak and highlight.
  2. Aug 22, 2016
    100
    Realign your expectations, and what gradually emerges is a record of enigmatic beauty, intoxicating depth and intense emotion.
  3. Sep 1, 2016
    90
    Uninterested in zipping from A to B, it is instead a moving, repeatedly devastating depiction of an artist who is still trying to figure out his place in the world as he moves forward in life, ever mindful of what we leave behind, the things said and left unspoken, the good and the bad that comes with trying to make it all make sense and the sobering knowledge that we cannot go back.
  4. Aug 25, 2016
    80
    While most artists would have drowned under the pressure, hype, anticipation and scale of an album like Blonde, he passes with flying colors, making him not only one of the most unique R&B artists of our time, but also one of the best as well.
  5. Uncut
    Sep 23, 2016
    80
    The sprawling haziness still lingers, but the songs are sharper and studded with guests. [Nov 2016, p.24]
  6. Aug 29, 2016
    80
    [Endless and Blond(e)] are great--but they require time and, realistically, a step-back from the extraordinary (and sometimes ludicrous) hype that necessitates Ocean’s new works be either masterpieces or a complete let-down.
  7. 40
    Less structured and song-oriented than Channel Orange, it’s a long, meandering ramble through Ocean’s passing interests and attitudes, hopes and memories, alighted upon like scenes briefly glimpsed from a train window and then dropped into tracks that aren’t so much sung as delivered in an undulating sprechstimme that seems to be avoiding the difficult choice of a compelling melody.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 136
  1. May 22, 2019
    10
    4 years was well worth the wait. Ocean follows up Channel Orange with a phenomenal sophomore project. The lyrical intricacy, gorgeous4 years was well worth the wait. Ocean follows up Channel Orange with a phenomenal sophomore project. The lyrical intricacy, gorgeous production, and Ocean's powerful vocals, this album is fantastic. The wide variety of sonic style provides a track for every instance. Tracks such as Self Control, Nights, and Nikes demonstrate Ocean's creativity and musical prowess, each showing him succeed with a different style. Blonde will forever be a critical piece in Frank Ocean's discography due to its sheer brilliance. Expand
  2. Aug 22, 2016
    10
    4 years of waiting and this clear emotional album states Ocean's frustrations with social anxiety. Personally one of the best albums of 20164 years of waiting and this clear emotional album states Ocean's frustrations with social anxiety. Personally one of the best albums of 2016 but go ahead and listen for yourself Expand
  3. Mar 1, 2020
    10
    This album is timeless, so good. Beautiful production, beautiful lyrics. It’s so masterfully crafted while at the same time feeling veryThis album is timeless, so good. Beautiful production, beautiful lyrics. It’s so masterfully crafted while at the same time feeling very minimalistic. Frank Ocean is one of the best artists of our generation and maybe one of the greatest to ever live. You need to listen to this album once in your life before you die. Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2016
    10
    Frank's latest album is spot on. Each song has been composed to carry the listener on a journey through Frank's poetic thoughts. It is anFrank's latest album is spot on. Each song has been composed to carry the listener on a journey through Frank's poetic thoughts. It is an album that grows on you every single time. Beautiful. Expand
  5. Aug 24, 2016
    10
    This is an incredible album! Definitely one of the best this year. Frank Ocean got even better with his vocals. The production is great too. AThis is an incredible album! Definitely one of the best this year. Frank Ocean got even better with his vocals. The production is great too. A lot of songs feel stripped down but this gives him the chance to take center stage. Nikes works as a great intro and gives the listener a general feeling of what to expect through the rest of the album. Other standouts for me include: Ivy, Self Control, Nights, Solo and it's Reprise (Word to Andre 3000!!!), White Ferraris and the gospel sounding God Speed. Only time will help us decide whether this surpasses Channel Orange. But what is certain is that this is a modern day classic! Expand
  6. Apr 16, 2017
    9
    Frank Ocean is the **** man. You would think that the amount of hype and impatience he substantiated would hinder the ability for people toFrank Ocean is the **** man. You would think that the amount of hype and impatience he substantiated would hinder the ability for people to see this album through a clear, unbiased light. False. he **** murdered this album in the most soft, expressive, Frank Ocean way possible. You all know the rest of the details. This album kills. Expand
  7. Oct 21, 2016
    0
    There is something I am not getting here. This is music? Where are songs like Novocain or Swim Good??This feels like a long boring monologue.There is something I am not getting here. This is music? Where are songs like Novocain or Swim Good??This feels like a long boring monologue. SOLO yo! 4 points for what I am not getting. Expand

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