Frank Ocean Featured In Pitchforks Top 100 Tracks of 2012
Frank Ocean is featured two times in Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks of 2012 with his singles, "Pyramids" & "Thinking About You".
02. Frank Ocean: "Pyramids" [Def Jam]
If you'd have told anyone at the beginning of 2012 that one of the year's most exhilarating singles would be a 10-minute-long R&B burner with three movements and a scorching John Mayer guitar solo so arena-courting that you can almost hear the hydraulic lift whirring under his feet, they'd probably be all: "Oh, nice-- undiscovered Michael Jackson track?"
Listeners got something much better with Channel Orange, a debut of such unusual quality and breadth that it spawned arguments about which of its songs was actually the standout, or which of a handful of soul, funk, and R&B giants was Ocean's truest inspiration.
"Pyramids" makes the case for Ocean as a proto-Prince, its alternately wet and starry arrangements shifting in and out of focus while Ocean expertly piles on verses that sketch out a story of "Cleopatra" through perspectives and eras; first as the revered pharaoh, then as a modern day stripper living under a pimp's watch, then as a lust object, as admired by her powerless boyfriend.
That such an ambitious lyric could succinctly nail the master-and-servant dynamic from so many angles proves Ocean's talent as a storyteller; that he could do so while also shading the word "cheetah" with three different meanings (animal, West Coast strip club chain, adulterer) proves his wit; that all of this happens in a song that's light, hooky, and epic all at the same time explains why folks are losing their minds for him.
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