Nostalgia, Ultra. - Frank Ocean
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 72
  2. Negative: 3 out of 72

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  1. May 10, 2011
    10
    amazing job for a newcomer! the new voice of R&B...! He did great covers like Strawberry Swing and Electric Feel in this album! There Will Be Tears and Songs for Women are incredible songs! one of the finest R&B albums of the year!
  2. Aug 30, 2011
    9
    I was looking forward to hearing Nostalgia, Ultra when I heard his first song 'Novacane' which was Ocean's first commercial song. When I then heard Nostalgia, Ultra, I was ecstatic at how good the Mixtape was. Songs including American Wedding, Nature Feels and, of course, Novacane were my favourites off the album, but the rest of the album was also great to listen to. It's an extremely unique album with a natural flow to it, lots of intuition and a great structure to it, and definitely deserves a listen. Expand
  3. Sep 4, 2011
    9
    When you think of Odd Future, you might picture harsh rhymes, raw beats and Steve Harvey hatred. It's surprising to think that a smooth R&B singer like Frank Ocean mixes with these bitter guys. Ocean's singing is wonderful, the beats are mellow, and MGMT fans will recognise the backing music to the final track. I'm not generally an R&B fan, but I've found a soft spot for Frank Ocean.
  4. Sep 28, 2011
    10
    This young and talented new R&B voice of the future has extraodinary power in his words and actually has a meaning to his music and people can relate to what he talks about or just vibe off this good music that's being provided. If this were a real album instead of an EP this would win album of the year at the Grammys in my opinion.
  5. Jul 19, 2012
    10
    Frank ocean took the R&B world by storm & this project proves it. His voice & words are just soothing & if you understand the lyrics then you know what he is talking about. Pick up Channel orange if you like this project
  6. Mar 23, 2012
    10
    Possibly one of the greatest R&B mixtapes ever released. Every song is great, and something you will be listening to over the course of months if not years.
  7. Jul 10, 2012
    10
    There is on of a mix-tape(because it is a mix-tape) you can't forget over two decades (starting in 2020 to 2040). Smooth and hard; speed and slow, every details matter, even the sound of the tape the listener is suppose to reverse although the album. Magic, deep and amazing.
  8. Jul 12, 2012
    10
    Such an amazing album. The covers of "Electric Feel", "Strawberry Swing",and "Hotel California" are awesome. Frank Ocean's voice is beautiful and capable of so much emotion. Exploring ideas of love, wealth, and heartbreak, Ocean provides an album that can be listened to over and over again, and only gets better with time.
  9. Jul 13, 2012
    9
    Frank obviously goes into the studio hoping not to only make a good song, but to make something that defines the word music itself. Something with meaning that delightfully caters to Frank's point of view, so that you might become biast to his outlook on personal things.
  10. Jul 18, 2012
    10
    The feeling once you listen to this mixtape, you know it's nothing like you have ever listened to before. This will be my first review, mainly in due fact because of this piece of work itself. The name of this work, is simply what you feel when you transition from one song to the next. The nostalgic feeling, just close your eyes and listen to the picture he's trying to portray. From Strawberry Swing that can bring you back into your adolescence. To Novacane that reminds you of a former love you may have been to a significant other or substance. But the picture is never painted as good as Swim Good paints, with the broken hearts in his town car and driving off a cliff. This, to this day, is still something I have yet to hear anything close to. Wonderful, replay value is so high. Terrific. It is out of it's element. Expand
  11. Aug 20, 2013
    9
    Lyrics are somewhat weaker than expected from Ocean, but succeeds non the less for providing beautiful melodies and interesting narratives. Accessibility for this album is inconvenient, so an iTunes release would be appreciated.
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 24, 2012
    80
    Compared to most releases of its kind, Nostalgia, Ultra is plotted with care, not slapped together with haste.
  2. 100
    His romantic laments are models of texture, respect, and profound loss, their beats subtle, seductive, weird, and seized like time.
  3. Jan 24, 2012
    80
    He's an intuitive r&b stylist, with a firm sense of song structure (he's written for Justin Bieber and Beyoncé) and a conversational talk-singing voice that is as indebted to Justin Timberlake and Pharrell as it is to R. Kelly.