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me deslumbró con su “Channel Orange”. Ahora , ha tardado una enormidad para hacer  este notable álbum, con algunas canciones llamativas, pero con la presión asquerosa que soportan todos los artistas negros a los que les gustan las melodías suele ser caótico . Están presos de la moda , del inevitable “hip -hop” , del rap en su versión moderna con el “auto-tune”.

Fran Ocean ha caido en el terreno de Kendrick Lamar, que es ahora la gran referencia de la m´úsica negra, de  las “estrellas” como Usher, Drake y hasta el propio Ocean. Se libra , por poco, Kanye West , pero esa línea aleja cada día más la música norteamericana con la de la gran calidad.

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¿Donde están los Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder e incluso Prince?. Perdidos en la catacumbas de este hip-hop anti democrático. musicalmente hablando.

Con decir que la mejor canción es ” Pink + White” , que está escrita por un gran hacedor de melodías como es Pharrell Williams ya está todo dicho.

Es repugnante la metodología para utilizar los “samplings”. Ejemplos horribles en “Close to you” , la canción de Bacharach, pero en versión de Stevie Wonder.

Pero más horroroso eds la utilización de “Here , there and Anywhere” de los Beatles. La verdad, no sé para qué.
Prefiero que Ocean exprimente en “Pretty Street” o que trate de hacer canciones como “Self Control”. Aún así este “Blond” es el álbum del momento en la industia. Signo de los tiempos, como decía Prince.

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EL ALBUM.-

1. “Nikes”
Christopher Francis Ocean Om'Mas Keith Carl Palmer Harry Palmer Jeff Palmer
Ocean Keith
5:14
2. “Ivy” Ocean
Ocean Rostam Batmanglij Jamie xx
4:09
3. “Pink + White”
Ocean Tyler Okonma Pharrell Williams
Ocean Williams Tyler, the Creator[b]
3:04
4. “Be Yourself” Rosie Watson
Ocean Buddy Ross
1:26
5. “Solo”
Ocean Todd Rundgren
Ocean 4:17
6. “Skyline To”
Ocean Kendrick Duckworth Okonma
Ocean Tyler, the Creator
3:04
7. “Self Control”
Ocean Austin Feinstein Jonatan Håstad
Ocean 4:09
8. “Good Guy” Ocean Ocean 1:06
9. “Nights”
Ocean Michael Uzowuru
Ocean Uzowuru Ross Vegyn
5:07
10. “Solo (Reprise)”
André Benjamin
Ocean Mike Dean
1:18
11. “Pretty Sweet” Ocean Ocean 2:37
12. “Facebook Story” Sebastian Akchoté-Bozovi
Ocean Ross
1:08
13. “Close to You”
Ocean Burt Bacharach Harold David Francis Starlite Stevland Morris
Ocean Vegyn Ross
1:25
14. “White Ferrari”
Ocean Jordan Carter John Lennon James Litherland Paul McCartney
Ocean Ross
4:08
15. “Seigfried”
Ocean Hugh Brunt Jonny Greenwood George Harrison Lennon McCartney Elliott Smith Richard Starkey
Ocean Bob Ludwig
5:34
16. “Godspeed”
Ocean Kimberly Burrell
Ocean 2:57
17. “Futura Free”
Ocean Mikey Alfred Dave Allen Hugo Burnham Sage Elsesser Andy Gill Jon King
Ocean Ross
9:24

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COLABORACIONES.-
En la version of the album released alongside the magazine, “Nikes” is 6:10 long, and features vocals by KOHH and Loota.
“Pink + White” features vocals by Beyoncé.
“Be Yourself” features vocals by Rosie Watson.
“Skyline To” features vocals by Kendrick Lamar.
“Self Control” features vocals by Yung Lean and Austin Feinstein.
“Solo (Reprise)” features vocals by André 3000.
“Facebook Story” features vocals by Sebastian.
“White Ferrari” features vocals by James Blake and Playboi Carti.
“Seigfried” features string arrangements by Jonny Greenwood and Hugh Brunt, performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra.
“Godspeed” features vocals by Kim Burrell.
SAMPLINGS UTILIZADOS.-
“Nikes” contains a sample of “The Champ” as written by Carl Palmer, Harry Palmer & Jeff Palmer and performed by The Mohawks from the album The Champ.
“Solo” contains a sample of “Flamingo” as written and performed by Todd Rundgren from the album A Wizard, a True Star.
“Close to You” contains a sample of Stevie Wonder's cover of “(They Long to Be) Close to You” as written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and performed by The Carpenters from the album Close to You.
“White Ferrari” contains a sample of “Here, There and Everywhere” as written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and performed by The Beatles from the album Revolver.
“Seigfried” contains a sample of “A Fond Farewell” as written and performed by Elliott Smith from the album From a Basement on the Hill and “Flying” as written by George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Richard Starkey and performed by The Beatles from the album Magical Mystery Tour.
“Futura Free” contains a sample of “(Love Like) Anthrax” as written by Andy Gill, Jon King, Hugo Burnham and Dave Allen and performed by Gang of Four from the EP Damaged Goods.

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