There is a 7-look F2L method comparable to Fridrich without actual OLL, and not CLL+ELL. I still need to memorize all the algs and hone them for speedcubing, and then I'll post it (sometime this summer). But don't bother yourself over it, please.
I won't tell you any more.
As for why I don't even use compound OLL: I currently use a mini-ZB method that does the last slot in two "algs" and ends up with LL oriented (example