It's probably out this month, but the anticipation for the follow up to 2012's 'Channel Orange' has been building for years.
The saga of Frank Ocean’s third album release has been something akin to music’s Groundhog Day. Every man and his dog has come out of the woodwork on a weekly basis to say they’ve heard it, it’s a masterpiece and it will blow everyone away. Reports that H from Steps emerged from a private listening party at Frank’s house saying it was, “life changing” are currently unconfirmed. All signs seemingly do point to the fact that the release of the long-awaited ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is tantalisingly imminent.
Frank Ocean has always been an artist beautifully adept at using the internet and social media to create a mystique and depth of feeling for him and his music that goes beyond just releasing records. It’s helped enable him to become a genuine A list superstar, not forgetting the fact that his two previous albums - particularly 2012’s breakout ‘Channel Orange’ - are genuine modern classics. People really really care about Frank Ocean. When the album finally arrives the screams of relief and exaltation will be heard from Shoreditch to San Francisco.
It was back in July 2015 that Frank first revealed the existence of ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ as he updated his website with the now iconic line, “I got two versions. I got twoooo versions” The two versions he was referring two are seemingly the album itself and his new magazine also titled ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. Now there are rumours that he is also writing a novel. The man can do it all.
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