AOTY 2018
Anderson .Paak - Oxnard
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #350 / 705
User Score
Based on 384 ratings
2018 Ratings: #89
November 16, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Aftermath, 12 Tone / Label
Neo-Soul, Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Northern Transmissions

Though I would rarely say a record slaps in a review, .Paak delivers so consistently on this record that it’s one of the most accurate ways to describe how great this record feels.

84
HipHopDX

It may not be as beautifully consistent as Malibu, but during those glorious pinnacles when Oxnard is firing on all cylinders, it’s undeniably some of the best music of 2018.

80
NME

Post-mainstream breakthrough, ‘Oxnard’ is a deft dissection of the fallout, just as free-ranging and hopeful as you’d imagine.

80
The Observer
The third instalment under .Paak’s name motors north up the California coast to his native Oxnard, top down, throwing out grooves and hosting an array of intriguing guest spots.
80
XXL

It may not be quite the full-marks classic he’d hoped, but Oxnard is an intriguing next step for the 2016 XXL Freshman that demands repeat listening and hints that he may have a Blueprint in him yet.

80
GIGsoup

Despite its adherence to the new school of West Coast Funk, and despite .Paak’s brilliant performance as MC – Oxnard does not feel like it will have the staying power of 1993’s Doggystyle, 2005’s The Documentary, or Kendrick’s DAMN. Still, this album bumps.

80
The Needle Drop

Oxnard has a stronger sense of direction than its predecessor and is a breath of fresh air in the current state of pop rap and neo-soul.

80
Clash
‘Onxard’ is only another step on his path to greatness, and the sky is the limit.
80
NOW Magazine

It’s less cohesive than the high watermark he set with Malibu, but hitching a ride back to Oxnard is a freewheeling and occasionally exhilarating quest into Paak’s sonic curiosity.

75
Consequence of Sound

Oxnard boasts several great moments, but the album is merely good.

70
Pitchfork

Paak can do nearly anything, but that doesn’t mean he should do everything. With its often effortless synthesis of funk and rap, Oxnard is a wide-angle portrait of Los Angeles’ hedonistic landscape—it’s just a little out of focus.

70
Highsnobiety

With Oxnard, Paak proves that he’s an artist built to last and a musician who has earned his place among hip-hop’s elite

70
The Line of Best Fit

Oxnard's penchant for twisting, not sticking, coupled with a Dre-shaped emphasis on beats and bars, leaves it woefully light on actual songs. The hum-able hooks and slow-burning arrangements of previous albums cast shadows over it.

70
Exclaim!

Oxnard doesn't wow on the first, third, or even fifth listen. But it isn't short on bright spots either, even if they take a while to reveal themselves.

60
The Guardian

This meeting of joy and aggression is what defines Oxnard, and the effect is not always pleasant – it makes .Paak’s trademark grooves difficult to luxuriate in – but it is still a compelling mode, and one that rehomes his old-school tastes firmly in the present.

60
Rolling Stone

Oxnard doesn’t fulfill his dreams for creating a West Coast hip-hop soul epic for the age, but it’s not for lack of trying.

60
The Independent

Oxnard isn’t quite the epic final chapter .Paak clearly craved for his trilogy – it certainly fails to compare to his 2016 breakthrough masterpiece Malibu – but you have to wonder if he really cares that much. On so many of these tracks he sounds restless, like he’s already thinking about moving on to bigger and better things.

60
Spectrum Culture

Oxnard is a breezy and charming listen front-to-back, but while it’s a treat to watch Paak work through his creative processes and explore these funk variations, most of the songs here fail to sink their hooks in in the way it feels like they should, perhaps the fault of releasing such a summery album on the brink of winter.

60
FLOOD Magazine

Oxnard tries so hard to be a masterpiece that it forgets what made .Paak’s music so compelling in the first place, swapping out his easy-going, straightforward persona for stiff storytelling and jumbled verses that aren’t nearly as engaging as he is.

zachthesnack
80
Prelude: I havent even listened to this yet and Im already pretty confident from the singles thst this is going to be my rap album of the year

Conclusion: Though I was a little off with my prediction this is a very solid Jazz Rap album that really seems to wholely embrance Anderson's personality and the culture of Southern California.

P.s. Tints is one of the catchiest songs all year
BradTasteMusic
87
THIS... ALBUM... IS SO AWESOME

The features, the versatile soundscapes, the incredible soul, this is truly a gem.

I wish Anderson didn’t wear some of his influences so heavy across this album sometimes (TPAB cough cough) but when this thing works, it works wonders. Really fun album
aaron
69
There's almost a visible texture to .Paak's sound, its great to see .Paak hasn't lost his sonic world, and continues to map the geography of his sound; thats both funk and hip-hop based but painfully this album is devoid of his personality.

Perhaps .Paak is someone who is made for live performances, where his charm and energy can be feed off of and perhaps his songs dont translate well unless in a live setting but that's not enough of a reason in the 21st century, I mean you can easily feign a ... read more
luisfeacevedo
76
OMG im listening to this with earbuds because I'm going to review it and at the end of ''headlow'' I got scared LMAO. I feel so stupid hahaha, did anyone had the same experience? 😂

The Actual review: I find out this album pretty enjoyable, not as fun and vibrant Malibu, but there are great songs in here. ''Who R U'' was probably the worst songs of the album. Tints is catchy as hell! The features are OK, maybe the Dr, Dre & Cocoa Sarai did not do it for me but, well, it is what it is. ... read more
MasterCrackfox
87
Although it feels like Paak has left the heavy soul influences across this record comparitively speaking to his previous album, its clear that the soul has not left Paak. On a star-studded effort to follow up his massively successful Malibu project that brought him into the mainstream, Paak is impossible to outshine even with the collaborators across this album. Rather than be overshadowed, the features here merely compliment this record and brings out the West Coast vibes that are a heavy ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#8/KCRW
#44/Complex
/Esquire (UK)

MISC LISTS

#3/Uproxx (Rap)
#25/HotNewHipHop

Track List

  1. The Chase (feat. Kadhja Bonet)
  2. Headlow (feat. Norelle)
  3. Tints (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  4. Who R U?
  5. 6 Summers
  6. Saviers Road
  7. Smile / Petty
  8. Mansa Musa (feat. Dr. Dre & Cocoa Sarai)
  9. Brother's Keeper (feat. Pusha T)
  10. Anywhere (feat. Snoop Dogg & the Last Artful, Dodgr)
  11. Trippy (feat. J. Cole)
  12. Cheers (feat. Q-Tip)
  13. Sweet Chick (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)
  14. Left to Right
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