Anderson .Paak - Malibu
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Based on 17 reviews
2016 Ratings: #57 / 905
Year End Rank: #11
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2016 Ratings: #41
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January 15, 2016 / Release Date
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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.
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.

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.

☆☆☆☆ 1/2

With very little competition, I have to pick "Malibu" as .Paak's best effort to date, and that's saying something, considering everything he has under his name is at the bare minimum some of the most lively and eccentric funk and soul ventures from the 2010's.

The material he brings forth this time around is so gorgeous and butter-smooth. The chorus's are the work of god, the features all blend together faultlessly, and as far as production is concerned you can't ... read more
I'm convinced 2016 is just one of the best years for music in history. It just has to be!

With an incredibly soulful, funky and smooth as hell sound and some incredible hooks and melodies that really shine throughout the album, Malibu is kind of impossible to not love. Like I'm being serious here, who came up with some of these? Whoever did, in my opinion, seriously deserves a nobel prize. These hooks are just so damn smooth. They flow effortlessly through the tracks and just feel so natural. ... read more
I love opening track one of the best openers.
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
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After listening to his 2018 release, ‘Oxnard’, I decided to continue listening to his discography since I actually didn’t finish it yet. This was his most critically acclaimed album and praised by many users for being Anderson .Paak’s best material and efforts as an artist. Obviously that drew me in to listen to it and well, this album is great. You should probably listen to it when you're going to bed, because this is like the ... read more
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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