Surprise! Following Beyoncé, Kid Cudi and Skrillex, Frank Ocean is the latest major artist to release a new album without any notice whatsoever. Ocean's new 18-track double album is called River/Lake and features guest appearances by Kanye West, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Lorde, Beyoncé and The Beatles (!) ...sorta. Ocean was granted the rare Beatles sample on the Side A-closing "Bird of Beauty" ("Blackbird"). Like with Ocean's landmark 2012 album, Channel Orange, record producer Malay worked on most of River/Lake, with a few tracks seeing the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell and James Blake helming production duties.
Both the River and Lake portions of the album come with a "visual companion," or a short 15-minute film directed by photographer Nabil. River/Lake is currently available as an iTunes exclusive and can only be purchased as a single package, but iTunes says individual tracks will be available for purchase on April 15.
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02 High-Heel Sneaker (featuring Kanye West)
03 Ebb Tide
04 Visions (featuring Justin Vernon)
05 Boy Blue
06 Morning Glow
08 Black Man
09 Bird of Beauty (sampling The Beatles)
10 Euphoria Highway (featuring Beyoncé)
11 Bloody Mouth
12 Private Joy
13 God (featuring Lorde)
14 Neon Telephone
15 Hot Thing
16 200 Balloons
17 Paisley Park (featuring Earl Sweatshirt)
18 Waiting Room