#3. Frank Ocean, nostalgia,ULTRA
Released: March 24
Complex says: R&B went through a transformation this year and it started when Odd Future’s crooner Frank Ocean released nostalgia,ULTRA on his Tumblr. Ocean’s song-writing style may be traditional at times (he’s written for everyone from Beyonce to Justin Bieber), but musically he’s exciting and inventive (see “There Will Be Tears”).
Ocean is at his best when he doesn’t take himself too seriously, like when he clowns his girl for bumping Drake and Trey Songz, but not him on “Songs For Women.” And he’s not afraid to take a stand either, on “We All Try” he reveals that he supports gay marriage and is pro-choice. Through it all, Ocean proves he’s not your typical R&B act and is a welcome change for a genre that’s been stagnant for some time.