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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: 6 out of 173
  1. Apr 12, 2019
    10
    Frank Ocean's album should be a slap in the face to mainstream, generic artists. Every time I listen to this album, I feel like I am listeningFrank Ocean's album should be a slap in the face to mainstream, generic artists. Every time I listen to this album, I feel like I am listening to it for the first time. It is an accomplishment for music and a celebration in itself. 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. Jul 18, 2020
    10
    WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Frank, my boy, where’s the new album?!

    My favorite is Ivy, the emotional weight on that song is so heavy, damnnnn.
  4. Aug 22, 2016
    10
    Amazing album. From Start To Finish Frank Shows Us What He Has In His Little Finger, And Frankly, He Left Us Thinking About Everything FromAmazing album. From Start To Finish Frank Shows Us What He Has In His Little Finger, And Frankly, He Left Us Thinking About Everything From This Album. He Strikes Again. No Complaints With This. Simply Amazing. Expand
  5. Aug 23, 2016
    10
    Thank You Frank for existing. This is the best álbum of the Year for me. A beautiful and true masterpiece. Wait for your grammys, they areThank You Frank for existing. This is the best álbum of the Year for me. A beautiful and true masterpiece. Wait for your grammys, they are coming for sure Expand
  6. Aug 31, 2021
    9
    Frank Ocean termina haciendo que el álbum se perciba como un monólogo o una conversación uno a uno con el propio Frank debido a los temas queFrank Ocean termina haciendo que el álbum se perciba como un monólogo o una conversación uno a uno con el propio Frank debido a los temas que llega a tocar y la manera en que los toca. De la mano de un sonido mellow, drums suaves (cuando son usados) y una voz que te engancha desde la primera escuchada, el álbum te adentra a una atmósfera llena de nostalgia que se siente a una noche de verano con el corazón roto, y aunque los interludios se vuelven tediosos de escuchar después de un tiempo, tienen una razón para estar ahí, ayudan a que Blonde se sienta completo y con identidad. Expand
  7. Aug 28, 2016
    0
    Compared to other great albums released this year, I seriously don't find this one impressive. I tried listening it in full many times, but ICompared to other great albums released this year, I seriously don't find this one impressive. I tried listening it in full many times, but I simply can't. Expand

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