We waited three years for new songs from Frank Ocean, and he finally released them - and not one disc, but two at once: first a visual album "Endless", and a few days later - "Blond". As it turned out, it was worth the wait: there are never too many records of sincere feelings. There are a million songs in the world, and most of them are about love, but not everyone and not always dared to sing about it sobbingly, without hiding behind clichés. Partly thanks to Ocean, a man of strong emotions who openly talked about his relationship with a man, the guys seemed to burst out. We have collected the most emotional records of recent times, recorded by men.
Four years ago, Frank Ocean and his "Channel Orange" made the listeners cry with the musician: it became customary to put an equal sign between Ocean and sensuality (and sensitivity). Today the musician still sings about love and longing. For the highly anticipated album, Ocean has enough stories to tell about unrequited love, recreational drugs and a summer that ends too soon. If already in Channel Orange he tried to move away from the pop-song format, then here the words literally hang in the air. The arrangements have become completely minimalistic so that nothing distracts from the stories of one person, clothed in the track format.
The Color in Anything
The third album of the beloved British adept of the new R'n'B. No wonder they and Ocean exchanged appearances on new discs - after all, the musicians work from the very beginning in the same vein, remaining true to their emotions. Each new album for Blake is a session of introspection. The eponymous debut featured many songs about the complexities of love, “Overgrown” - the pain of parting, and the most recent record - attempts to move on and find elusive happiness. The musician himself said that he could no longer live in a cloud of suffering, realizing that sensitivity works both ways. On the cover, in the spirit of the paintings in the margins, James Blake still stands against the backdrop of a faded landscape - in tune with the thoughtful tracks from the album.
Carrie & lowell
It seems that all the songs are about love, it's just that this love is different. Sufyan Stevens has never been a person who hides his feelings, so when a difficult period came in his life, the musician began to get out of it as best he could - with the help of songs. "Carrie & Lowell" is named after Stevens' mother and stepfather, and the disc is permeated with the bitterness of loss and love for the one that no longer exists: the musician had a difficult relationship with his mother, which only made her death even more painful. The record is nevertheless full of hope for a new life. Let "Carrie & Lowell" be an experience of hidden fears and pain for one hundred percent, catharsis from the fact that the future is possible, only stronger.
A talented melodist, drummer, rapper and real showman Anderson Paak has released his best album this year. From the very beginning, miraculously avoiding banality, Paak says that love is all we need, and then sets off on a journey through the waves of memory. This journey is not simple, but full of childhood difficulties, problems in relationships with partners and with parents, although it is covered with joyful soul. Half Korean, half African American, Paak lost his father in prison and his mother had problems with gambling. He, however, was able to break through, along the way having made many associates, which is evident at least by the number of people who worked on the album. And although the musician takes the theme of love partly impudently, this does not make the disc less honest and important.
Chance the rapper
As with Sufyan Stevens, for Chancelor Bennett, aka Chance the Rapper, love of family comes first. The rapper's new mixtape is not about love grief and suffering, but about the difficulties and joys of life. Bennett talks about the happiness of fatherhood, love of God, not bypassing both discrimination and cruelty, stepping into #BlackLivesMatter territory.Chance the Rapper is an amazing character in the world of hip-hop, not only not ashamed of his religiosity, but also putting the main commandment of his religion - love in the purest sense - in the first place. By his example, the rapper shows that genuine sincerity and faith in good are much more valuable than material wealth and cynicism.
Drake's gentle soul knows more than most about how not to be ashamed of their emotions. And although at first glance the rapper stretches after his colleagues, hanging himself in chains and wrapping himself in a sheepskin coat, there is so much healthy self-irony in all this that one does not want to blame him for machismo. Drake is a simple guy and, following the dictum "don't be shy", he always remains true to himself: both in righteous anger, going to the virtual shooter with opponents who do not believe in his authenticity, and in love experiences when the girl does not call him or answer reciprocity. Drake will not say a bad word to this, he will only be sad that everything has gone awry again - like the rest of us.
Justin Bieber is a boy band, and, as such a role dictates, his musical world is built on love and relationships. Bieber is a master at building a career out of mental anguish: if you're looking for great pop to sweat, cast aside your prejudices and play his latest album, Purpose. The hit "What Do You Mean" is just from her, and in all the clips for the album, the heroes will certainly embrace in different ways. The musician and his team always feel where the wind is blowing, so no matter how much Bieber himself gets on our radars with his naked photographs, a tame monkey and other escapades, this does not affect his ability to make good music. Moreover, the disc was supposed to be a symbolic apology to Selena Gomez and the fans for all his sins.
Miguel's last year's album, unfortunately, was quieter than it deserves. The musician, as befits a member of the new R'n'B wave, sings not just about love, but also about sex and does it incredibly sensually, without unnecessary vulgarity. Rich in arrangements, "Wildheart" spilled and sparkled in defiance of the ubiquitous minimalism that reigned. Yes, and the topic of sex is touched here in a way that men rarely do: concentrating not on their own pleasure and pain, but putting the relationship of two people at the forefront. Miguel looks at them from different points of view, making his music understandable to everyone.
Tobias jesso jr.
The charmingly outdated Tobias Jesso Jr. came in handy like never before with his flowing sad melodies that sound like all the best music at once. The debut "Goon" has a place for everything melancholy: songs about loneliness, and about parting with home, and, of course, about unrequited love. Jesso Jr. is the main young cruner, and although the chamberiness of the first trial tracks gave way to neat arrangements on the disc, the songs only benefited from this. If you miss soulful, intimate and good old-fashioned piano ballads, turn on "Goon" immediately for an unforgettable hour.
Dave Hines has recorded what may be his best songs for the new LP, Freetown Sound, named after his father's hometown in Sierra Leone. For a musician and producer, the last album is an ode to love for all relatives and friends, his family, and most importantly - the community. Freetown Sound is as deeply felt as it is a political record that touches on one of America's most pressing issues - racism. Hines himself wrote on Instagram that his album is addressed primarily to those who are condemned for their skin color or sexuality. At the same time, it is incredibly skillful, airy music, where there was a place for R'n'B, and funk, and jazz, and 80s pop music, interrupted by verses read by Hines and tracks sung by the guests of the recording.