The Weeknd Starboy | XO/Republic Records Grade: D

The Weeknd falls down rabbit hole with ‘Starboy’

By trying to fix something that wasn’t broken, The Weeknd, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, breaks it all with Starboy — our hearts, our ears and his soul. Somewhere amid the 18 tracks, we lose The Weeknd, and The Weeknd loses us. But rather than heading off into the elusive darkness
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Frank Ocean Blonde | Boys Don't Cry Grade: A+

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ marks heavenly return

“Inhale, in hell, there’s heaven.” Such was the heart sigh that echoed through the empty, cavernous salvation of Blonde, Frank Ocean’s new album self-released Saturday on Apple Music, one of two major Frank Ocean album releases in the past week. With a release shrouded in mystery, four years after his
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We missed you, Frank Ocean

2016 is the year Frank Ocean boldly declared his humanity. For those who don’t know yet, Frank Ocean has released not one but two new albums this past week. The first, Endless, was a strange visual album of deep cuts, while Blonde was the pop album salvation counterpart. Both were
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