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The singer and songwriter Frank Ocean, whose first full-length studio album, Channel Orange, was released on iTunes this week. Nabil Elderkin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The singer and songwriter Frank Ocean, whose first full-length studio album, Channel Orange, will be released on July 17. Nabil Elderkin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Record

Springsteen's American Dream, Beautiful And Bleak

Ann Powers says her infatuation with The Boss grew into adult respect for the strivers in his songs.

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