At the forefront of R&B’s new wave of ‘reflective’ maestros comes Frank Ocean, storming the charts in July with his debut album ‘Channel Orange‘.
However, before the launching the Def Jam backed release, it was his 2011 mix tape ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’ that forced his brand into the public’s psyche, winning fans from all walks of creative life.
One of these fans, being ‘Girl On Fire’ chanteuse Alicia Keys who has listed the release as one of her favorite albums of all time.
Her words below….
On the 14 track piece, Keys explained:
“Frank Ocean is someone who has this great storytelling style that really takes you from the beginning to the end and helps to open my mind to ways of relaying an emotion. Whenever I play this record it reminds me of my first anniversary, driving in a vintage Corvette that we rented.
We blasted the album the whole way. Some of my favorites are ‘Swim Good’ and the lyrics of the song ‘We All Try’ always move me. It’s such a hopeful song with deep sentiment—at the heart of it, we’re all trying to do our best. And that’s so true.”
Find out who else made ‘Alicia Key’s 25 Favorite Albums’ here!