Monday 19 August 08:00 PM
“First I was rushing for a wait, this time I’m waiting for a rush”
Frank Ocean - Endless (2016)
• ‘46 minutes of 120 hours in the life of Frank Ocean’
• Double LP pressed on standard black vinyl with Endless tracklist etchings on sides B&D
•Released on 27th November 2017 (Cyber Monday) for a limited time
Endless is Frank Ocean’s very undeservedly dismissed and overlooked 2016 visual album which paved the way for the independent release of the more critically acclaimed and commercial release, Blonde. Often wrongfully labelled throwaway tracks or B-Sides from Blonde, this album stands alone as it’s own musical experience, and a beautiful one at that. Frank came at this album with a totally different creative mindset from Blonde yet still managed to achieve an equally fulfilling experience on both. Frank showcases incredibly raw and emotional vocals, lays down some dejected rap verses over low-fi and reverbed instrumentals, creating a very pretty, dreamy and spacey atmosphere which makes it easy for the listener to get lost in the music as the songs flow delicately into one another creating an ‘Endless’ loop, which possibly inspired the name of the album. The only flaw I’d point out is I feel a few songs had great potential to be some of Franks best but were cut short to make way for more trippy and dreamy instrumental breaks. Overall I’d have to say, sonically, this is franks most beautiful album with his best instrumentals yet and his greatest vocal performances to date and could easily be argued as his best project.
The vinyl for this album represents the music beautifully. Stills from the livestream are fittingly used as the artwork for the packaging and the trippy, reflective details on the packaging represent the music so well. The Vinyl is on standard black but sides B and D have the word Endless etched out as well as the tracklisting around the sides of each one. Finally, the album was remastered on CDQ for the physical releases and it sounds absolutely stunning on the turntable.
Fave tracks: U-N-I-T-Y, Rushes, Higgs
Music rating = 9.6
Vinyl packaging = 9.1
Quality of pressing = 9.8
Creativity = 9
Vinyl overall = 9.3