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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the California rapper/singer-songwriter features guest appearances from BJ the Chicago Kid, The Free Nationals, The Game, Rapsody, Schoolboy Q, and the Timon Family Choir.
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Am I Wrong
Well I Well I, yeah I'm only comin' out to play Nothin' more that I hate in this life The wrong impression, I only have one to make You can open... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Mar 17, 2016
    100
    There's effortless, unhurried groove as he slides from the disarming grit of Nineties hip-hop in "Without You" to Sixties soul on "The Bird" and honey-dripped R&B with "Am I Wrong."
  2. Jan 19, 2016
    91
    For its lyrical and musical scope, Malibu brings to mind a number of excellent albums, ranging from Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions to, yes, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly.
  3. Jan 15, 2016
    86
    This is a sincere, soulful project, brimming with honesty and humble perseverance.
  4. Jan 25, 2016
    80
    The reason for this broad interest is his ability to aptly infuse various musical styles under the R&B umbrella. Moreover, his ability to make uptempo soul without losing his ability to invoke a response more typical of downtempo sounds is particularly impressive.
  5. Q Magazine
    Feb 19, 2016
    80
    On the rich and dazzling Malibu, Anderson.Paak has truly found his voice. [Apr 2016, p.116]
  6. Jan 27, 2016
    80
    Malibu more than lives up to the high expectations facing Anderson .Paak.
  7. Jan 27, 2016
    60
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
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  1. Apr 3, 2016
    10
    After listening to Dre's new Compton album, I quickly found that this man, Anderson .Paak, was simply just taking the spotlight every time heAfter listening to Dre's new Compton album, I quickly found that this man, Anderson .Paak, was simply just taking the spotlight every time he was on the microphone. This album is simply incredible and shows just how talented this guy really is. I swear if he doesn't win a Grammy for this someone will get shot courtesy of me jk Expand
  2. Oct 3, 2017
    10
    Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.

    I first heard of .Paak when hearing about the XXL Freshman 2016. At first I was uninterested in his
    Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.

    I first heard of .Paak when hearing about the XXL Freshman 2016. At first I was uninterested in his work, until I ran across the song "Come Down" recently. I took a listen to the full album and was blown away. I'm personally more of a Hip Hop / Rap fan, but this album is contagiously groovy.
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  3. Feb 16, 2016
    10
    A very uplifting album and full of spirit... You can hear the gospel influence. I think Heart Don't Stand a Chance is easily the best song onA very uplifting album and full of spirit... You can hear the gospel influence. I think Heart Don't Stand a Chance is easily the best song on the album. The features are also impressive, with Schoolboy Q and BJ the Chicago Kid. Expand
  4. Feb 28, 2016
    9
    This album defines good feels. Keep you feeling great all the way through. But besides the feels, on a more critical tip. this album isThis album defines good feels. Keep you feeling great all the way through. But besides the feels, on a more critical tip. this album is amazing. The lyrics are deep and introspective as .Paak delivers great performances that are filled with personality. Expand
  5. Jan 26, 2016
    9
    Paak’s got a musicality that could likely place him in the category of genius. Scope and influence are on display and while wide-ranging,Paak’s got a musicality that could likely place him in the category of genius. Scope and influence are on display and while wide-ranging, never give the album a sense of attention-deficit disorder: it all flows like a single thought.

    The most out of place track on the album is probably Silicon Valley; while the song is just as catchy, well-produced and layered it is more lyrically juvenile and overtly misogynistic than the other offerings.
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  6. Aug 18, 2017
    9
    Do you enjoy soulful R&B? Or jazz-fueled, gospel-fused hip-hop? You'll enjoy this album.

    Personal favorites: Heart Don't Stand A Chance,
    Do you enjoy soulful R&B? Or jazz-fueled, gospel-fused hip-hop? You'll enjoy this album.

    Personal favorites: Heart Don't Stand A Chance, Put Me Thru, Without You, Come Down, Silicon Valley, and The Dreamer.
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  7. Feb 22, 2016
    8
    Favourite Songs: Parking Lot, Come Down, The Bird, Am I Wrong
    Least Favourite Songs: Silicon Valley
    Anyone like me that heard Anderson
    Favourite Songs: Parking Lot, Come Down, The Bird, Am I Wrong
    Least Favourite Songs: Silicon Valley
    Anyone like me that heard Anderson Paak's last album Venice should have seen that something amazing like this was coming from Anderson .Paak. Although I didn't love Venice, I did say he had a lot of potential and that potential blossoms with this new album, which despite being an hour long is very cohesive; one of the many reasons it can be compared to Kendrick Lamar's last LP. The album is full of really tight grooves and some really funky bass lines that help drive the tracks forward and with his soulful and unique sounding vocals over the top the tracks become magnificent. Perhaps what's most impressive about this album is its features. Why? Because they're few and far between. Paak could have easily made the mistake of rushing into the studio with as many artists as he could as I'm sure he's eager to now that he has a newfound fame but he keeps the amount of features low and when they do turn up they don't outshine him in any way (they'd find it hard to if they tried.) They simply blend into the song as necessary. This is probably best demonstrated by Schoolboy Q on 'Am I Wrong' who I'm sure more than a few people will not recognise because of his flow and chilled delivery. Aside from a couple ok tracks here and there Malibu is great and I was surprised I liked this album as much as I did because there are very few R&B albums I love, old or modern. He can only go up from here.
    Better Than Previous Project?: Yes
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