I love Frank Ocean mostly for his lyrics and the way he crafts those lyrics around his voice. He has a very unique sound of a soft voice with loud words. It screams to me every time I hear one of his songs. This was his coming out album. He became famous off a fucking mixtape but this was his first album. Its beautiful.
P.S this is going to suck because I always get super excited during these and start typing like “BEST SONG EVER OMFG”.
Basically a video game load up short to begin the album.
2. Thinkin Bout You
The oasis of the album. The first bit of water after a long drought (etc etc etc). This was the first single released pre-album. The single artwork was even in the style of the unique Frank Ocean. Showing him sitting at a darkly lit arcade playing a racing video game.
Already the second short/skit of the album. It confused me to say the least.
4. Sierra Leone
(vimeo link sorry)
I love the eerie sound of this song. How it talks about being alone but still being with someone. And the random lyrics like “No I don’t live in Denver”. Talking about babies out of wedlock and junk. Its really just out of place but all sounds so great together.
5. Sweet Life
(apparently most his songs are pulled off of youtube and only on vimeo…)
The album goes from “Thinkin Bout You” to “Sierra Leone” and hops right into “Sweet Life”. It just paints a picture of a rich life, a sweet life. “So why see the world when you got the beach” is my favorite line. Even the beat us uppity and positive sounding.
6. Not Just Money
(This is a fan made video of the skit)
Another skit/short already. You can hear cars driving by and a blinker going. With a lady talking being happy or not being happy depending on the money you have. She’s stressed out and angry when talking to the other person.
7. Super Rich Kids
This is one the songs with more rapping on it then singing. Its basically what the title says its about. Super rich kids fucking around doing dumb shit. But then Frank Ocean falls into the song singing away the negatives of it. Somehow the being filthy rich and left alone to my desires sounds bad during this song. Fake money and fake friends. Too much money and nothing but time on his hands. Each day a new way to destroy yourself.
8. Pilot Jones
Talks about being in love with someone with an addiction and how he constantly gives into them because he needs there touch. A lot of these songs are about so many different things. I mean its called “Pilot Jones” and ends with an airplane flying by but its not even about fucking airplanes.
9. Crack Rock
This is by far one of my favorite songs off the album just because of how offbeat and crazy it sounds. The music is all over the play in comparative to the rest of the album. It goes from euphemisms about drugs to straight talking about crack rocks. It just an addict and drugs. The mental demands of drug and how they break you. I love every second of this song.
This is the longest song on the album (9:52). Its mostly instrumental but it sets up lyrics about being in love with a stripper. I always felt it was at least. The single art showed a hooker or stripper in the style of a strip club. I always thought The Pyramid was the name of said strip club. But it mostly talks in the style of pyramids and her name is Cleopatra. I remember stealing this song when it leaked before its release. That’s how much I love this song.
Another upbeat song. Talks about someone being in love with someone they shouldn’t. How there lost because of the love. Avoiding the life they need to be living because of it. Lost in the heat of love. He uses words you don’t hear when singing about this stuff. Its beautiful in the way its creative. Its unheard. Its brand new. Its a rare story that everyone should hear.
(Apparently the internet doesn’t have a video for this because he did a song with the same name on an Odd Future tape a long time ago.)
Another short skit/short. A simple little beat is just playing, its very calming. (I hate writing music writes ups but love it. I always get too excited and write like shit). That all it is.
I LOVE THIS SONG. The lyrics are in the style of monks but still talks about a girl being on her own tour like he is. Then it skips into them escaping together away from her father’s army. Starts with Monks, goes to a girl partying on her own tour, then her staying with him and them escaping her father’s army. This song is all over the place.
I also fucking love this song. Another slow eerie sounding song. It talks about being in a taxi and needing get away from his problems. More importantly this song is about unrequited love and likens it to a one man cult. His voice sounds horribly pained while singing about it and its so beautiful.
15. Pink Matter
This is the song with the Andre 3000 feature (Outkast, yo). So many different things going on in this song. To a woman doing work for him, to her him falling into her pink matter. Then Andre 3000 talks about her being gone and then making her do all the crazy things for him to see her break. Its all over the place in the greatest way.
16. Forrest Gump
I always felt like Forrest Gump and Bad Religion went together. The song literally starts with Frank Ocean talking about how Forrest Gump is running on his mind. Its a very passionate song. It gets really smooth at the end.
Half skit half song. A little mashup of Frank singing and some other voices in the background. Fading in and out over each other.
Classic album. I really look forward to his next album coming out in July. And I bet half these videos I added don’t work.