Wallflower: New Sound, New Problems

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Jordan’s Rakei’s Wallflower, a follow-up to his debut LP Cloak, marks a shift—both instrumentally and thematically—away from his previous material. Released September 22, 2017, Wallflower strays away from the use of electronic instrumentation that characterized much of his earlier material in favor of live arrangements and a lyrical tone that feels more isolated and fragile.In…

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Frank Ocean’s Blonde Lives Up to the Hype

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Blonde, released on August 20, 2016, is the markedly anticipated second studio album by Frank Ocean, and came out one day after his surprise visual album Endless.Before delving into the gorgeously desolate and personal chef-d’oeuvre that is Blonde, a brief discussion of the somewhat overlooked Endless is certainly warranted. Without a doubt, Endless is one…

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