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Year’s Best: Okayplayer’s Top 12 LPs Of 2012

Year’s Best: Okayplayer’s Top 12 LPs Of 2012

Okayplayer top 12 albums of 2012

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange (cover art)

12. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Very few artists could create a buzz equal to that produced by Frank Ocean‘s Nostalgia, ULTRA (not to mention his scene-stealing cameos on Watch The Throne) and then turn in a debut album that delivered on all the promises made. Channel Orange does, however. Not only does it surpass it’s leaked predecessor in terms of sheer joints (“Pyramids” and “Thinkin Bout You” are not worthy sequels to “Novacane” or “Swim Good”, they far outweigh them) but in terms of 1) vision, 2) great, original songwriting and 3) the willingness to be weird, artistically self-indulgent or explore idiosyncratic subject matter without ever losing its universal pop appeal, Orange is everything you could really ask from a Frank Ocean album. Though it often feels loose, even made-up-as-it-goes along–an artifact of Ocean’s trademark stream-of-consciousness writing style as much his predilection for whimsical drum programming–there is rarely a false step on here, from the convoluted (and controversial) poetic conceit’s of “Bad Religion” to the reanimated “Benny & The Jets” vamp of “Super Rich Kids.” The guestlist–which might have reasonably been expected to include Kanye, Jay and any number of Odd Future wolf cubs–is similarly tight. Andre 3000, Tyler, Earl and John Mayer. That’s It. Yet even if those were omitted, leaving 13 tracks of nothing but Frank, there would easily be enough here to last you until next year. See you then.

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