nostalgia,ULTRA. is the debut mixtape by American singer-songwriter, record producer and photographer Frank Ocean, released on February 16th, 2011.

Ocean himself described the mixtape's sound as "nostalgic". The artwork features a picture of a bright orange 1980s BMW E30 M3.

The mixtape received widespread acclaim from music critics and it's now regarded as one of the best musical records of 2011.

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Street Fighter" 0:23
2. "Strawberry Swing" 3:55
3. "Novacane" 5:03
4. "We All Try" 2:52
5. "Bitches Talkin' (Metal Gear Solid)" 0:22
6. "Song For Women" 4:13
7. "Lovecrimes" 4:00
8. "GoldenEye" 0:18
9. "There Will Be Tears" 3:15
10. "Swim Good" 4:17
11. "Dust" 2:34
12. "American Wedding" (featuring James Fauntleroy) 7:01
13. "Soulcalibur" 0:18
14. "Nature Feels" 3:43
Total length 42:06

Why This Mixtape Rocks

  1. It was the beginning of a bright future for Frank Ocean.
  2. The beautiful and heartwarming production.
  3. The sampling is incredible.
  4. Frank's vocal performance is amazing.
  5. It has great lyrical themes that range from Frank's feeling about women and sex ("Novacane", "Bitches Talkin'", "Songs For Women", "Lovecrimes", "American Wedding", "Nature Feels"), the shortness of life ("Strawberry Swing", "Dust"), the contrast between his hope and his resignation about the destiny of mankind ("We All Try") and his past mistakes and his eventual rebirth ("Swim Good").
  6. "There Will Be Tears" is an emotional tribute to Frank's grandfather, who was his only father figure.

Bad Qualities

  1. "Nature Feels" although good is arguably the weakest track on the record.
  2. The sampling from "Hotel California" by Eagles gained a lot of controversy.
  3. It's not available on Spotify.
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