Anderson .paak hits this album out of the park. I didn't expect a follow up to his 3rd (and phenomenal) album Oxnard so soon. When one listens carefully, it is clear Anderon .paak knows musical arrangement and composition as well as many of the top music producers today (Don Was, John Leventhal, Danial Lanois). On his 4th album, he adds and changes the formula a bit (as he does with every album since Venice) exploring new musical ground while not straying too far from it. Anderson. paak brings back all of his old influences from techno funk, rap, rock, pop but ventures farther out into soul on Ventura conjuring up influences like Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, and Marvin Gaye. Instruments such as Saxophone and string arrangements are more prominent on this album making it unique yet Anderson .paak all the same.
I am so glad Anderson Paak gave better album. So soulful with seventies vibe of music. Anderson first debut with Dre Oxnard felt more Dre approach with Anderson lyrics. My God this new album is amazing. Anderson gives soul and RB to Aftermath he will go very far. Andy does collabo blend well with other artist. Only one song felt been longer. Tribute Nate Dogg was nice for final track reminded me of Kendrick dedication tribute to Tupac. Ventura was Anderson all the way album wise. Glad Anderson fought putting out this album. Glad neither Oxnard or Ventura a double disc originally suppose to been no lie.
I've been a fan of Paak's for a years now I will die on the hill that Malibu is one of my favorite albums of all time. That being said Ventura sounds a lot happier/more uplifting that Oxnard did. I won't say Oxnard is a bad album by any means but it was a much different sounding album compared to Venice & Malibu. Ventura without a doubt brings that Malibu feeling back, top to bottom those Malibu basslines are back. Without a doubt I've been enjoying this album and it's pulled me out of my mourning of Nipsey Hussle. If you're a fan of Paak and especially that Malibu album do your ears a favor and pick this up.
The album is good first of all. Some features definitely seemed unexpected. Kinda goes for an older feel especially with smokey robinson on one of the better songs "make it better." Pretty consistent pace except maybe it drags a little bit. Really nice to get his r&b side on this more where as Oxnard seemed heavily influenced by hip-hop. They both are good side by side but Malibu seemed so memorable because it was not afraid to have both in one.
Summer has officially arrived with Anderson .Paaks Ventura. I pre ordered the physical cd but after streaming I got the mp3...Paak made sure this is not a Oxnard continuation but an album of growth...The beats are mellow and it's a combination of r&b and rap.... the artist featured on herw do not dissappoint....THIS IS HOS QUINCY JONES THE DUDE FOR THE MILLENNIALS
I just streamed Ventura on amazon music and...wow. Just, wow. Can this young man be any more talented? I'm happy to hear that he's about to go on tour and am looking forward to seeing him live. He's incredibly gifted and deserves all of the accolades that will undoubtedly, be coming his way.
HEY SOUL PIONEERS, THIS RELEASE IS AMAZING. TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS MUCH FUN AND BE CREATIVE WITH A BIG DOSE OF SOUL SHOWS HOW COMFORTABLE THIS GUY IS IN HIS SKIN. THIS IS A MUST FOR MUSIC FANS PERIOD!