Anderson .Paak - Malibu
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Based on 15 reviews
2016 Ratings: #97 / 758
Year End Rank: #11
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Based on 797 ratings
2016 Ratings: #24
January 15, 2016 / Release Date
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Steel Wool / Label
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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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.
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.

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

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.

The Needle Drop

Singer-songwriter Anderson .Paak comes through with a formidable breakout album that fuses elements of soul, hip hop, pop, funk, and more.

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.

Malibu isn't bad because it's predictable, it's frustrating because it's confident in achieving little.

Creator R-Zita
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
I love opening track one of the best openers.
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]
EDIT: I don't know why so many critics loved this album so much. It was very generic and has next to no replay value. Paak's voice gets to be annoying after a while, and the charm feels very manufactured.

a really happy and upbeat record, perfect for the summer of this year. anderson .paak is a wonderful singer, and he had some great beats behind his smooth vocals. there was a very joyous feel to this project, and i could stay focused throughout. it's not amazing, there is still some ... read more
i am not a big fan of Silicon valley nor Your prime, but other than that i really like this. I don't get why people call it messy or a hit & miss. I find it quite consistantly good and many songs are tied together with these little interludes which doesn't work perfectly, but it gets the job done.
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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)
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Added on: January 3, 2016