Originally Posted by Reaper16
I think the Frank Ocean album is mostly boring. Most of the songs are disjointed to me. I like a few of the tracks, especially "Pyramids," but on the whole I think its musically undercooked. Plus, I don't think he's a very good singer. When he sings in a low register it sounds awesome. His falsetto is maximum-effort and strained, like a Byron Leftwich pass.
It's pretty compelling on a narrative level, and people lovelovelove his bisexuality coming-out story, and part of the album's reputation is based on that (in my opinion).
Mostly, I think that white people just like substandard R&B.
p.s. I did listen to Tempest, of course. It didn't grow on my as much as I wanted it to.
I disagree on Ocean's singing, but I agree on the rest, more or less, especially the coming-out story being a huge catapult for his popularity this year.
I still say his performance of "Bad Religion" on Jimmy Kimmel was absolutely amazing, and I was a little cynical about the coming out story as possibly just being a publicity stunt.
I found the Weeknd before I found Frank Ocean, and I think that sort of made Frank Ocean less interesting/fresh to me (much like you and The Dream, possibly).