Average User Score: 8.7Sep 5, 2012"nostalgia, ULTRA" is Odd Future Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean's solo Digital debut, self-releasing the mixtape via Tumblr in 2011. Unsurprisingly, the lyrics were deep and enlightening, the sound was sweet and nostalgic, and the concepts were original and powerful in message. Even though it doesn't come together as a single LP (as he would do later in channel ORANGE), this was a great collection of ear-pleasing, indulging songs, especially for free. Even though Def Jam/Island's attempt to physically release it collapsed, it did allow the Universally aclaimmed song "Swim Good" to hit mainstream airwaves, thus its nomination for 3 Video Music Awards over the summer. Ocean's other single off this work, "Novacane", has been titled as "The Song of the Year" worldwide for 2011. Ocean also gets personal in the strong tracks "Songs for Women", "We All Try", and "Nature Feels". The production is vast yet well done. The Free mixtape even manages to cause controversy over the track "American Wedding," which uses the instrumental to the Eagles' "Hotel California" with Ocean singing original wordplay over it, which caused the band to threaten a lawsuit if he was to ever perform it live. Even though the Theme of "Nostalgia, ULTRA" is hard to grasp or immediately detect, Ocean still seems to get a message stuck in your brain.
Personal Favorites: "We All Try", "Songs for Women", "Dust", "Bitches Talkin' (Metal Gear Solid)"
Recommend: "Strawberry Swing", "Swim Good", "American Wedding"… Expand