Hear This: Frank Ocean bares his soul to a cabbie in the album-defining “Bad Religion”
In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, in honor of our Best Films Of The Decade So Far list, we’re talking about songs from some of the best records of the decade so far.
Frank Ocean, “Bad Religion” (2012)
It’s been almost three years since the release of Frank Ocean’s monumental Channel Orange, but it feels brand new with each listen. It’s an intoxicating album filled with nostalgia and emotion that, even after dozens of spins, feels unpredictable. Ocean (with the help of a few well-placed intervals of video game sounds and static) evokes channel-surfing of the mind, following his otherwise scattered thoughts through one seamless wave of consciousness. Yet despite the album’s casual flow, there’s nothing spontaneous about it. Frank Ocean is a perfectionist and very much in control. In fact, much of …