In this series I’m going to be looking through the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and commenting on the albums featured, telling you about albums I think should have been featured, artists that should have been featured too and just anything else I feel like commenting on!
This isn’t a sponsored series but if you’d like to read the book with me I’ll put a link at the bottom of this post to where you can buy it. This series is just something I wanted to do because I’d been reading the book and found that I had a lot of opinions!
Every Tuesday and Thursday I’m going to take one album from the front of the book starting in 1950s and one album from the back of the book starting in 2000’s, I’ll give you a bit of the albums history, the track list and of course my thoughts on the album!
In this post the album that we’re going to be talking about is Frank Ocean – Channel Orange!
As this album is available on Spotify I’ll put a player below this paragraph so that if you’d like to listen along whilst you read the rest of this post you can!
I love this album, it’s weird and it’s one I think that you have to listen to from start to finish no shuffle for it to make sense but even then it makes no real sense and that’s the genius of it.
I’ve been sitting here for around 30 minutes now trying to decide how to describe the sound of this album and honestly I’m struggling a little.
The book refers to it as being from the neo soul side of R&B and I agree with that, but it also has an air of psychedelic jazz and electro funk.
This album is like the illegitimate, less elegant, less put together but still holding it together, independent love child of Stevie Wonder and Prince that has been adopted by Elton John and Michael Jackson.
I can hear the influence of so many amazing people in this album but in no way does it feel like anything has been copied!
Let’s take a look at the track list:
Track One: Start
Track Two: Thinkin’ Bout You
Track Three: Fertilizer
Track Four: Sierra Leone
Track Five: Sweet Life
Track Six: Not Just Money
Track Seven: Super Rich Kids
Track Eight: Pilot Jones
Track Ten: Pyramids
Track Eleven: Lost
Track Twelve: White
Track Thirteen: Monks
Track Fourteen: Bad Religion
Track Fifteen: Pink Matter
Track Sixteen: Forrest Gump
Track Seventeen: End
I don’t have a favourite track from this album because I enjoy listening to it all the way through, I love the sound collages that blend each track together seamlessly so my favourite track is the entire album!
I definitely think that this album deserves to be on the list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die because any album that sounds like the lovechild of Stevie Wonder and Prince that has been adopted by Elton John and Michael Jackson most definitely deserves its place!
This may be an album that some overlook right now but I bet in years to come it’s going to be one of the albums that really stands out from the 2000s!
That’s it for this post from my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die! As I said at the beginning of this post this isn’t in anyway a sponsored series but if you’d like to buy the book so you can read along with me then click here for the link to purchase from Waterstones if you live in the UK and click here for the Amazon link if you’re in the rest of the world.
Those aren’t affiliate links; I just want to make sure you guys know where to buy the book if you want to read along too!
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