With a smoothness and poise that belies his relative inexperience in the music world, Frank Ocean delivers an excellent tape with Nostaliga, Ultra. Tracks like the Coldplay-infused “Strawberry Swing,” the standout, synth-laden “Novacane” and the funkier, yet still laid-back “Songs For Women” are extremely polished, full compositions, while still being punctuated by a young man who’s as likely to deliver an earnest love song as to tell tales of putting pictures of tits on his car windows or smoking a bong with a porn star who wants to be a dentist. It may not quite jibe with the violent imaginings of his Odd Future compatriots, but Ocean’s off-kilter sense of R&B sensibilities is a welcome breath of fresh air in an often-repetitive genre.
Via Odd Future
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