- Malibu

Anderson .Paak - Malibu
CRITIC SCORE
80
Based on 14 reviews
2016 Rank: #73 / 682
USER SCORE
80
Based on
463 ratings

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91
Consequence of Sound

.Paak seems to be in total control of his talent. It might be a challenge for him to make something as relatable and soulful as Malibu again, but fortunately, the album has the kind of substance that suggests he’s built to last.

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Paak’s got the musicianship down to a science. Now it’s clear he’s working on what his music feels like.

90
Exclaim!

A rose from concrete, Malibu offers a sense of wonder that's carefully rooted in funk and soul, and presents a complete vision from a blossoming new artist that's not only fearless, but leading something of a sonic revolution.

86
Pitchfork

This is powerful art, not only for people of color, but for everyone who exists beyond societal constraints. It’s for those who’ve been told they don’t quite fit, those viewed through a different lens because of their circumstances.

85
The 405

Malibu’s millennial jazz appeal not only lived up to .Paak's hype but elevated it, proving vision and brilliance are not manufactured and marketed equipment.

83
Entertainment Weekly

Malibu, his second full-length, is a bracing wash of warm neo-soul that spits in the face of the chilly self-flagellation the Weeknd managed to spin into chart gold.

80
HipHopDX
For as good as the melodies and ripe drums and bass beats are on the album, more impressive is the songwriting. Anderson has writing credits on every single song on the album. Let us marvel, for a moment, at just how rare that is in today’s musical environment.
80
PopMatters

His ability to make uptempo soul without losing his ability to invoke a response more typical of downtempo sounds is particularly impressive.

80
AllMusic
Throughout, he's a (stoned) common man making the best of his consequences, yet he has an otherworldly quality, like he has been beamed down to mine the L.A. County sewer system and Pacific Ocean floor for cosmic slop.
80
The Guardian

Sunny yet substantive, Anderson .Paak’s second studio album shows he is as at home settling into a breezy club groove over euphoric brass or unleashing James Brown-esque funk yelps as he is waxing autobiographical tales of family hardship.

70
Spin
Songs weave together, spilling the details of his tumultuous upbringing and forging his prospective future path with scintillating soul jams.
70
FasterLouder

Marked by a reverence for the rich history of black American music, Malibu is a love letter to the giants on whose shoulders he stands.

60
Rolling Stone
The music isn't always as dynamic as his thoughts, opting for a mostly mellow mood that matches the LP's carefree samples of surfing documentaries, but doesn't always capture their freewheeling individuality.
Creator R-Zita
93
I just love his r'n'b neo soul sound and the "lamar"-ish flows . He has a smooth voice, great ideas with background vocals. He is just amazing
JacksonMuthIII
65
while malibu is ultimately a hit & mess, the focus and creative vision cannot be disregarded. strong features, nicely balanced harmonies and smooth, laid-back deliveries ensure an enjoyable neo-soul, funk record. the only problem is the forced genre-meshing and the fact that the tracklist could've been cleaned up quite a bit.

best tracks: the bird / the waters [ft. bj the chicago kid]
70
A bit hit and miss, but for the most part very enjoyable, especially the final two tracks.

An excellent summer release (from an Aus perspective).
MoistNarwhal
82
A surprisingly refreshing effort from .Paak, full of soul and vision. Malibu is focused and controlled, full of different influences and genres but it all comes together beautifully.
chuyin49
88
First time i heard of Anderson paak was on the Compton album, really liked his singing on the song with Dre. Later on saw that he dropped this album and I gave it a listen. Man i was blown away how good this is from start to finish! Dope fking album. Props to him on this project. I'm
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Track List
  1. The Bird
  2. Heart Don't Stand a Chance
  3. The Waters (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)
  4. The Season / Carry Me
  5. Put Me Thru
  6. Am I Wrong (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
  7. Without You (feat. Rapsody)
  8. Parking Lot
  9. Lite Weight (feat. The Free Nationals United Fellowship Choir)
  10. Room in Here (feat. The Game & Sonyae Elise)
  11. Water Fall (Interluuube)
  12. Your Prime
  13. Come Down
  14. Silicon Valley
  15. Celebrate
  16. The Dreamer (feat. Talib Kweli & Timan Family Choir)


Added on: January 3, 2016