Wij luisteren naar het nieuwe album van Frank Ocean. Jullie ook?
Vuurwerk! Euforie! Na vier lange jaren hebben we eindelijk een opvolger van Channel ORANGE (2012), want Frank Ocean heeft Blonde gedropt. De plaat telt 17 nummers, met features van, echt waar, Kendrick Lamar, SebastiAn, André 3000, James Blake, Bon Iver, Beyoncé, and many more. Dit is nu al één van de albums van 2016.
Wanneer zo'n belangrijke plaat dropt, worden muziekliefhebbers overstelpt met track-by-track recensies en ultrasnelle opiniestukken. Dat zouden we jullie bij Chase ook graag willen bieden. Maar dat kunnen we niet. We weten namelijk nog steeds niet wat we ervan vinden.
Frank Ocean heeft vier jaar aan Blonde gewerkt. Volgens zijn broer zat hij de voorbije maanden zestien uren per dag in zijn studio, sleutelend aan zijn tracks, goochelend met zijn lyrics. Dit album is buitengewoon complex en doordacht. Naar onze mening is het niet alleen moeilijk om binnen de week een onderbouwde mening te formuleren over Blonde, maar misschien zelfs wat arrogant. Om het te stellen in de woorden van Tom Sachs, de artiest die Ocean artistiek bijstond bij de stream van Endless:
"An album of this complexity takes a couple of days to sink in. If you would ask me what I thought of the new record, I would say I just need a little more time, but it’s great. This is the kind of record that you need to listen to with headphones."
Met onze koptelefoon aan zullen we de nummers rustig laten bezinken. Bij Chase zullen we het album behandelen zoals het gecreëerd is: langzaam en voorzichtig. Alleen zo kunnen we content bieden op maat van Blonde. Veel luisterplezier.
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