Although the critically-acclaimed, Nostalgia, Ultra was never released commercially, Francis Ocean made up for it with his major label debut, channel ORANGE. Embodied by a wide variety of music genres including neo-soul (“Sweet Life”), a touch of pop (“Lost”) and a splash of electro-funk (“Monks”), Mr. Ocean pulls off a fully realized work of art. Sorry Bridget Kelly, but the Grammy-nominated “Thinking Bout You” was meant to be recorded by the author. And we couldn’t imagine anyone but Andre 3000 to lend his services to the sultry “Pink Matter.” Still it’s the heart-wrenching “Bad Religion” and the potent “Pyramids” (9:53 minutes and all!) that really kept us fiending for more. Deeper than sexuality, channel ORANGE is captivating and it is never too late to tune in.