50 Best Albums of 2011

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Frank Ocean, 'Nostalgia, Ultra'

24. Frank Ocean, 'Nostalgia, Ultra'

Released via his Tumblr, the debut mixtape from the 24-year-old singer (and Odd Future member) is an avant-R&B killer. Ocean croons over Coldplay's "Strawberry Swing" and the Eagles' "Hotel California," and rolls out dark-textured, smooth-as-hell 3 a.m. jams that are indebted to Radiohead as well as Drake.

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