So what was the best album of 2012?
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?