Frank Ocean’s “Blonde”: 6 Things To Know

Here they are, according to Pitchfork. On Friday, for the first time in four years, there was a new Frank Ocean album. Two days later, there was another one. “Blond,” the official follow-up to Ocean’s magnificent, bar-raising opus “Channel Orange,” is the album listeners have been anxiously anticipating after many delays and rumored release dates, and it’s ready to be unpacked. Led by the track “Nikes,” which arrived only hours before the

album with a Tyrone Lebon-directed video, its expectations were somewhat diffused by the earlier release of the visual album and companion piece “Endless.” But the pressure was still on, brought on in part by the stellar debut but also by the colossal weight of hype; as Ocean noted in a Tumblr post after the release: “thank you all. Especially those of you who never let me forget I had to finish. Which is basically every one of ya’ll.”

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