Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean

 

So what was the best album of 2012?

I’m sure we all have our own favourites and mine include albums by the Roller Trio, John Surman and the Gaslamp Killer.

But the consensus seems to be that the best album of the year was Channel Orange by Frank Ocean.

It’s an interesting choice and I think a deserved winner. In a time when American R&B and Hip-Hop have tended towards cliche and derivativeness, this was an album that stood out with imaginative arrangements, thoughtful lyrics and great singing.

And it’s also interesting, of course, that Frank Ocean has come out in a milieu that rivals the Church of England for its primitive attitude towards homosexuality. Although I’m by no means gay, it was intriguing to hear lyrics by a man that praised other men’s sexuality and buffness.

And why not?

 

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