Anderson .Paak's Ventura shines for its epic highs, but as a whole, it hits like a breeze. This album is, as intended, smoother, with a more acoustic-oriented sound than Oxnard. But some moments sound uneventful and insignificant rather than smooth. Andy's vocals, lyricism and delivery remain superb, but it's the constant search for that heavenly soulful hook that bugs me, because hooks, refrains and melodies can be overly highlighted and very subpar sometimes.
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