Frank Ocean – Blond (2016)

Self-indulgent to the point of impenetrability, Frank Ocean’s follow-up to his 2012 breakthrough “Channel Orange” is the sort of solipsistic album that alienates an entire potential fanbase. It would take hours to comb through the self-consciously cryptic and often seemingly random lyrics, but there’s little to no impetus to do so, as the music itself is so thin and minimal that it’s mostly forgettable, with few hooks, melodies or even a general atmosphere established by the album’s sonic landscape. It’s a waste of Ocean’s considerable talent at a time when his follow-up should have built on the strengths of “Channel Orange” instead of eroding his artistic promise.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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