If you’re looking for a follow up to Channel Orange with Blonde, then you’ll be sorely disappointed.
While Channel Orange looked out, Blonde looks within, shrinking and twisting in introspective sparseness.
Yes, it’s personal. Yes it’s intimate and hardly political at all (apart from a few key statements). But by the time I reach the end of the album, I feel I know Ocean less. It’s weirdly ironic.
With the visual album Endless including a video stream of paint drying (literally), Ocean shouldn’t be too disappointed that I feel it’s an apt metaphor for Blonde.
This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 161. You can read it here.