Frank Ocean – Thinking About You

November 15, 2011

What makes Frank Ocean so good is his ability to make R&B–a genre that is often so performative that it is rendered closed-off and inaccessible–that feels utterly vulnerable and naked. Sure, the topics at hand are somewhat cliche: women, relationships and heartbreak, but Ocean explores these themes in such an honest and unmediated fashion, it feels utterly juvenile. In “Thinking About You,” his lyrics aren’t the only thing that capture this state of vulnerability; his pained monotonic drone and angst-ridden falsetto both reek of desperation.

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