Frank Ocean-Bad Religion (Live on Jimmy Kimmel)

Not only has Frank dropped off Channel Orange a week earlier than expected, but he made his television debut yesterday on the ever-popular Jimmy Kimmel show. Backed by The Roots and a full string section, Frank performed the previously-unheard Bad Religion, a track noted by various journalists for featuring the lyrics that originally set off the bisexuality rumours, ‘I could never make him love me‘.

The performance is a very good one, and whilst there’s a little nervousness and introversion at the start, Frank really grows into the track as it rolls on, bringing his vocals to a passionate and emotional climax towards the final third and even managing to get a little crowd involvement with some claps. What’s notable is the look of sheer relief on his face at the end, and it’s difficult not to come away from watching this with a feelgood vibe. Having listened to this song on the album stream made available earlier, it’s clear he certainly does the studio version justice and this is an enjoyable watch that hopefully precedes many more live performances in the coming months.

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