Artist Review: Frank Ocean

Ann Vettikkal | Staff Writer

Frank Ocean’s cryptic yet genuinely original public presence in pop culture has created a cult following — and it’s well-deserved. Ocean’s two albums, Channel Orange and Blonde, both achieved excellence. His songwriting has the precise ability to feel like firsthand narratives but also transcend into the universality of growing up and falling in love. The hip hop and R&B that encompasses this poeticism is gorgeous, and his voice even more so. This fall has been full of surprise releases after a hiatus, including “DHL” and “In My Room.” The sound is a divergence from his past music but the Ocean the world has come to adore doesn’t seem too far beneath the cavalier verses. If there is an album in store for fans, these singles are just the warmup of what’s yet to come.