Anderson .Paak - Ventura
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Benny
85
That Andre 3000 feature was like my second meeting with God
PatrickL0419
82
YESSSSSSSSSS LAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWD!

Malibu was one of those formative records I listened to as a 16-year old that exposed me to the swooning, groovy sounds of neo-soul in a personal, introspective way through .Paak's lyricism that had me falling in love with an entire genre. It was on repeat for days and days back in my high school summers.

Fast forward to November 2018, as a (slightly depressed) college freshman, when I heard .Paak would be concluding his Beach Trilogy with Oxnard, I was excited ... read more
zachthesnack
86
I was honestly surprised to see Paak coming out with another album so soon, it hasnt even been 6 months since Oxnard and now we get this, which is perhaps his best album yet!? Excuse me whaaaaaaat!

Paak has been on an absolute tear lately, he is a man on a mission! Dont expect him to slow down anytime soon. He has solidified himself among Cali’s best and brightest music stars and I would even go as far to say that he is RnBs current equivalent to Kendrick Lamar (ironically enough they ... read more
YungNoodle
89
his best project
usedtobe
90
Sleek, ultra smooth funk/soul record that never fails to make you feel like dancing. Excellent stuff, man.
RakkSmells
88
Literally EVERY production choice on this album is perfect. Anderson .Paak is a great vocalist, and has such a nice soulful aesthetic that's just so soothing and fun to listen to. Even if it's his shortest album yet at only 40 minutes, it's very engaging and fun throughout the runtime. Anderson .Paak's just someone I'll always come back to.

favourite tracks: Come Home, Make It Better, Winners Circle, Yada Yada, King James, Chosen One, Jet Black, What Can We Do?
least favourite: ... read more
Quantum3minem
95
Paaked full of bangers
MasterCrackfox
88
.Paak takes the soulful elements of Malibu and packs them into an incredible record that celebrates the sound of neo-soul, funk, and R&B in a masterful direction. Where Oxnard explored some of his more hip-hop roots, I feel where .Paaks is on this record is where he absolutely excels as an artist and what made him such a key artist in todays music. This is full of catchy and down to earth tunes, magnificent vocalization and brilliant production. If you arent impressed with the incredible ... read more
itsyahboinoah
63
This is definitely a departure from his more west-coast experimental sounds of Oxnard to a more comfortable groovy neo-soul like on his first two projects Venice and Malibu. I definitely had mixed-results on his last album, but the highs were much higher on there than on here. The lyrics and themes on here aren't as strong as his previous materials that brings this album being my least favourite I listen of him so far. The features on here at the most part do bring their A-game, but when some ... read more
KIDWITHGUNs
90
POWERHOUSE

I don' know who this "Anderson .Paak" character is... but he sure sounds like he could be the GOAT

Best: Come Home, Make It Better, Reachin' 2 Much, Winners Circle, Yada Yada, King James, Chosen One, Jet Black, Twilight

Weakest: Good Heels
okcomputer12127
49
I just can not get into Paak"s music.
Inglume
84
Anderson .Paak may be taking a step back musically, but that doesn't mean that the music isn't thrilling or exciting. In fact, I think Ventura is a stand-out in his discography! The soul and groove had always been present, yet it sounds exceptionally refreshing here! This album is consistent and delivers a charm in Paak's music that really keeps your interest/attention from start to finish. Ventura is a really enjoyable album that you'll find yourself returning to a lot!
85
On God, I hate Pitchfork with a passion
camusi
81
smooth
amw100
81
Baby, that ass is just unfair
Jack Black hair, baby, Jack Black hair
KingKRoolisBack
84
While Ventura isn’t as big as his last two previous albums, it is another fairly decent album full of soul and charm. This time, Anderson .Paak’s full of soul,
( which seemed one of the complaints on Oxford.) It is also very charming. While there can be some underwhelming songs on this album, it can make up for the wonderful jazzy and golden production it has. One of the things I perfered on this album over Oxford is how subtle the guest features are on this album when compared to ... read more
bajafrecuencia
70
Fairly entertaining, but not as refreshing as Oxnard was. Nevertheless, a solid collection of tunes, arranged with enough care to put you in a quite good mood.

Decent 7
KengojiUltamYT
82
YESSSSSS LAAAAAAAAAAWD

Best Tracks: Make It Better,Winners Circle,Yada Yada,King James,Chosen One,Jet Black,Twilight
Worst Track: Reachin' 2 Much
Plats
92
When “Ventura” was first announced, I was a little worried that it would be like “thank u, next” where it would be a similar drop in quality from the previous album that released 6 months prior. Now that I’ve heard the full album, I can happily say that it’s the exact opposite of that. This is some of Anderson .Paak’s most soulful work to date and it’s filled to the brim with hooky melodies, brilliant production and great writing!

Fav Tracks: ... read more
laz456
60
A few standouts I'll be returning to but that's about it.
aaron
69
The texture of this album, still tethered to that of "Oxnard" which begs the question why the polymerization card or the fusion-ha technique wasn't employed. Yes, this is by far the most completed sonic world .Paak has created, and having two albums makes it a more distinct world of sound, fully fleshed out but neither album is masterpiece-woven why have they not been roped together, to create a wondrous record? is it the singles driven landscape birthed by streaming that makes ... read more
MaxSmitty98
84
Anderson .Paak goes for the knockout, quickly following his first jab with Oxnard with a more soulful and cohesive project

FAV TRACKS:
Come Home, Make it Better, Reachin' 2 Much, Winners Circle, Jet Black, What Can We Do?

LEAST FAV(S):
Yada Yada
amygoodall
74
good
IvoBraga
90
After some listens I downgraded this to a 90 from a 100, it's still amazing but not perfect
WhatTheFunk
86
Anderson .Paak saw his popularity grow in a short time with "Malibu" in 2016 and "Oxnard" a few months ago. The singer, rapper, drummer and half of the duo NxWorries is so productive that he comes back with a fourth album named "Ventura". Yes lawd! Black Music is being explored through all the decades at full speed. Once again, let yourself be convinced by Anderson Paak's peculiar tone of voice, his sense of infectious groove, and his talents as a drummer and ... read more
thomasny18
85
I didn't want to rate this as soon as I heard it. Chose to give it more listens. I had concerns that this album could've been rushed, but I was so fucking wrong haha.
Viberantweb
85
Just under five months after the release of his last album Oxnard, Anderson .Paak returns to his crooning best with a soulful trip into the roots of jazz and funk music. Oxnard was his rap coming-of-age, but Ventura is where Anderson feels most at home, releasing slick and seductive neo-soul from the heart with an extra dose of finger snapping.
MinatoArisato
70
Ventura is a definite step up from Oxnard. This album feels like a calm reflection on home and all the good times.

Best Tracks: Make It Better
Worst Track: Chosen One
PreeMo
79
Definitely my favourite Paak-solo album, but unfortunately it shot it's wad way too fast...

The first four tracks are some of Anderson's best work, but after that it kinda goes the formulaic route with similar grooves I already heard on Oxnard...Twilight is the only track on the latter part which can hold my attention as much as the beginning of this album; the closer with the late Nate Dogg is also stylistically distinguishable, but not that appealing to me...

(Also the length is a positive ... read more
Midline
80
Andre you gotta cut it out. I'm ash.
Tallglassofwate
70
I normally write all my reviews on the weekends since I'm usually booked up during the week with grading and lesson planning and such. However, this weekend I'll be wandering around New York and crashing in hostels and for practical purposes and for my own sanity I've decided to leave my laptop home so I can't check emails no matter how desperately I want to. So, this will be my only review for the weekend, but I might have a few next week while I'm on spring break. I'll admit, I'm slightly ... read more
TreyLikesBands
88
Great

This project from Anderson .Paak is super clean and energizing. The blend of funk/soul styles is impeccable, and although some songs sound a lot alike (idk if that's just me not being in-tune with this genre or what), the energy and delivery from .Paak is never dulled or subdued. Great jams on here as well (obviously).

Color: Purple
FAV TRACKS: Make it Better, What Can We Do?, King James, Come Home, Chosen One, Yada Yada
LEAST FAV: Twilight
braztom
50
At this point it feels like Anderson .Paak is completely out of inspiration.
radiofzz
78
Three years after his breakthrough album 'Malibu' and only a short five months after his hip hop experiment 'Oxnard', Anderson .Paak delivers another great album that gives us more of the tight drum grooves that we have come to love.

Andre 3000 steals the show on 'Come Home' with another verse to add to his résumé for the position of the GOAT. The transition in Reachin' 2 Much takes me straight to funk heaven, which I have discovered to be walled by the teeth of .Paak himself. ... read more
PeggyPomp
78
It's a really good record from .Paak and I did expect nothing less from .Paak

Although after first listen is this not close to Oxnard nor Malibu. This is the first time ever for me listening to a .Paak project and not loving it immensely right away may come with further listens though.

With that being said, it's still a really good project.
GIZ
89
Not only is this Andersons most cohesive and most soulful record it's incredibly smooth and laid back.
I feel like the r&b packed Ventura is the perfect counterpart to the hip-hop centered Oxnard.
This LP is packed with slick grooves you can't sit still too.

ANDERSON .PAAK DOES IT ONCE AGAIN.....
FeelsRijoMan
100
YES LAWD.
Anderson .Paak did it again. In less than a year he released two of the best albums of each year.
Love every single track.
AnalVape
58
Ventura is not as impactful as Oxnard.

The best this album does is display Anderson .Paak's technical abilities as a funky/groovy drummer/singer. There are few significant or stimulating parts to this album. It's hard to care about it as much as I did about Oxnard. The funk just doesn't hit as hard as it can. The good and catchy parts are few and far between. The rest of the material is some of the most trivial and contrived funk music I've ever heard. Sure, parts are catchy, but many of these ... read more
MaxAutunno
91
Wow, this is gorgeous. Every single song has something exceptional about it. Paak's singing and rapping stays amazing through and through, my only problem is that quite a few of the songs can follow the same funky aesthetic.

Best: Come Home, Make It Better, Reachin' 2 Much, Winners Circle, King James, Chosen One, Jet Black, What Can We Do?
Worst: Twilight (Paak's singing is great, but I just cannot get behind the trap inspired production choices on here.)
Oxide
78
One word to sum up this album is consistent, and it manages to stand up alongside 'Oxnard' as another solid album in Anderson .Paak's discography.

'Ventura' is a very easy album to listen to from beginning to end, offering a very laid back feel and a relatively fun experience. The album never really falls flat, and it also doesn't often reach soaring peaks, however what it does do is maintain a solid pace and level of engagement that keeps you in for the ride, and for that Anderson should be ... read more
lil_sas
89
i was not really hyped about this album to be honest, when i first heard the singles they didn't really catch my attention, and not much time had passed since the release of Oxnard, an album which i really enjoyed last year; but now, in context with the rest of the songs, both singles has grown on me a lot, and i can say that overall I've enjoyed Ventura even more than Oxnard.
Couldn't stop having it on repeat since the first listen, everything flows beautifully, it might not have a super ... read more
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전작에 비해서 너무 밍밍하다
그러니까 사람은 처음부터 개잘하면 안된다
Dynade
80
This has slowly grown on me. Paak has a knack for writing catchy hooks, and his eccentric vocal deliveries fit this soul sound much better than the more rap oriented songs of Oxnard. The background vocals actually seal this album’s quality for me; the hushed out choirs provide an excellent counterpart to Paak.

Favorites: Come Home, Make It Better, Reachin’ 2 Much, Winner’s Circle, Good Heels, Chosen One, Jet Black

Worst: Yada Yada
80
man anderson paak with that ventura. ventura, ventura. top notch
80
While less ambitious than Oxnard, this album still delivers .Paak's smoothest and prettiest songs ever.

Best Tracks: Come Home, Make It Better, Reachin' 2 Much, Winners Circle, Yada Yada, King James, Chosen One, What Can We Do?

Worst Track: Jet Black

8/10
88
11 solid tracks. This is the album I wanted Oxnard to be. I don't think there's a track that I don't enjoy and I'm always excited to listen to it again.

Favourites: Come Home (something about this reminds me of Livvin off of Yes Lawd - but it's better casue Aof Andre), Make It Better, Reachin' 2 Much, Winners Circle, Yada Yada, King James, Jetblack, What Can We Do? (Love the Mortal Man type ending to this).

Least Fav: None really although I'm not mad about the first half of Chosen One
BuddhaBuddha
77
Great fuck jam compilation
VividAids
80
yes lawd. i can imagine myself not having sex this album,
andreassheerio
88
so this album is pretty great. all of it is extremely smooth and the production is fantastic. it really does feel like an old soul record. while it's probably my least favorite one of his albums. but it is still an amazing record. i do also prefer is solo tracks on here a lot more than the featured. i dont know that might just be me.
agonzalez310
69
Unfortunately this doesn't match up to his two previous albums, "Oxnard" and "Malibu". I find much of what is presented consistent and by that I mean consistently average. The production doesn't have much to get excited about despite how smooth it all sounds. Anderson .Paak himself sounds great, smooth and soulful as he always does however he lacks to match the charisma he had in his previous work. It's good but I don't see myself revisiting this anytime soon.

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