After three years, singer/songwriter Frank Ocean finally confirmed a musical comeback with a new album called “Boys Don’t Cry” out later this year.
Ocean announced the release via his official tumblr, posting a photo of what’s likely to be the album cover and tagged with #Album3, #July2015 and #BOYSDONTCRY.
The 27-year-old reclusive star rose to fame when he released his critically acclaimed debut album, Channel Orange, in 2012, which spawned the moderately successful hit “Thinking Bout You”.
Ocean made a name for himself behind the scenes via collaborations, co-writing and singing alongside Beyonce on her visual album track “Superpower” and penning the soulful ballad “I Miss You” for her 2011 album 4. He also had writing and vocal features on Jay Z’s Magna Carta album (“Oceans”), Kanye West’s album Yeezus (“New Slaves”) and the Jay/Kanye album Watch The Throne (“No Church In The Wild”).
On the personal front, Ocean’s fame only increased when he revealed his Channel Orange album was about being in unrequited love with a man. This public admission saw the press and public consider him as one of the first prominent black LGBT artists, even if he has been hesitant since then to elaborate on, or define, his sexuality (despite unanimous industry support).
“As a writer, as a creator, I’m giving you my experiences. But just take what I give you. You ain’t got to pry beyond that. I’m giving you what I feel like you can feel. The other shit, you can’t feel. You can’t feel a box. You can’t feel a label. Don’t get caught up in that shit. There’s so much something in life. Don’t get caught up in the nothing. That shit is nothing, you know? It’s nothing. Vanish the fear.”
If you like smooth, soulful R&B with a creative, individualistic edge (think OutKast, Prince, D’Angelo), chances are you’ll love Frank’s music.