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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the Southern California artist features guest appearances from Kadhja Bonet, BJ The Chicago Kid, J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Norelle, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Cocoa Sarai, Snoop Dogg, and The Last Artful, Dodgr.
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Tints
I been feelin' kinda cooped up, cooped up I'm tryna get some fresh air Hey why you got the roof off, roof off? You know it never rains here And you... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nov 20, 2018
    84
    It may not be as beautifully consistent as Malibu, but during those glorious pinnacles when Oxnard is firing on all cylinders, it’s undeniably some of the best music of 2018.
  2. Nov 19, 2018
    80
    It may not be quite the full-marks classic he’d hoped, but Oxnard is an intriguing next step for the 2016 XXL Freshman that demands repeat listening and hints that he may have a Blueprint in him yet.
  3. Nov 26, 2018
    80
    Although not his greatest work to date, Oxnard confirms Anderson Paak at the upper echelons of the hip-hop scene.
  4. 70
    A still-formidable effort, but perhaps not the homecoming .Paak would have produced if he'd decided to go his own way.
  5. Uncut
    Jan 2, 2019
    70
    Uneven but mostly engaging third solo album. [Feb 2019, p.30]
  6. Nov 27, 2018
    63
    Bedroom jams, cameos and gimmicks pad the album’s second half. Paak resorts to a corny-sounding Jamaican patois on “Left to Right,” a cheesy saxophone disrupts “Cheers,” and Snoop Dogg appears like the avuncular ghost of G-funk’s past on “Anywhere.” After raising the bar with “Malibu,” Paak doesn’t quite reach the same heights this time.
  7. Nov 16, 2018
    60
    This meeting of joy and aggression is what defines Oxnard, and the effect is not always pleasant--it makes .Paak’s trademark grooves difficult to luxuriate in--but it is still a compelling mode, and one that rehomes his old-school tastes firmly in the present.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Nov 19, 2018
    10
    production on good headphones is just straight piff
    hearing new details layered in these beats with each listen
    i love this album as much as
    production on good headphones is just straight piff
    hearing new details layered in these beats with each listen
    i love this album as much as Malibu
    and i hope that those who dont gonna end up realising how actually good this is

    just keep this in rotation
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  2. Nov 17, 2018
    10
    The album definitely takes a lot more sonic and stylistic risks compared to Malibu, yet stays true to motifs that helped us fall in love withThe album definitely takes a lot more sonic and stylistic risks compared to Malibu, yet stays true to motifs that helped us fall in love with Paak in the first place. The result is a dynamic ride filled with twist and turns through the entire experience. Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2018
    10
    Wow! I’s so impressed by the funky, groovy, smooth sound Oxnard has! Fantastic 9,5/10 from 10
  4. Nov 19, 2018
    9
    Oxnard is the third studio album by Anderson .Paak that has big shoes to fill after the release of Malibu, and despite relative aesthetics,Oxnard is the third studio album by Anderson .Paak that has big shoes to fill after the release of Malibu, and despite relative aesthetics, both of these projects are well distinguished and refined in quality.
    In short, Oxnard delivered much like its predecessor.

    The production in Oxnard was enriched in variety and captured every emotion beautifully. Slow-tempo tracks like Anywhere and Headlow managed to function as both funky and relaxing. It is a distinguished characteristic that Anderson .Paak has specialized in from time to time.

    He excels in versatility. Most of his features knock it out of the park, with the exception of Dr. Dre, who is strangely awkward in his flow and lyricism for Mansa Musa, an exceptional track that had little effect on me, personally. It felt sub-par in many aspects, but that’s where the cons stop.

    Brother’s Keeper and Trippy caught some eyes for the exceptional features. Though far apart in sound, both Pusha T and J. Cole enters each track properly and delivers on their end. The first mentioned track is a surprising banger that is inconceivable for an Anderson .Paak album, yet it is pleasantly welcomed. As for the latter, Jermaine sets up an unorthodox take on love, but his appearance and verse complements the track pretty welll, beautifully crafted by producer Chris Dave.

    This album overall is meant to be a fun joyride, filled with comedic events like .Paak receiving head on the second track and crashing in the process, while pointing fun at the President in an original take on politics in 6 Summers. Many of these tracks are split into halves, and each half is satisfactory for many tempos.

    When Anderson .Paak wants to capture a mood, he does it on his command, and he excels in a way that many artists haven’t been able to do this year.

    Overall, the problem I have with this project is that while it is musically pleasing, many of these tracks seems to focus on more mid-tempo rather than distinguish itself with further ends of a musical spectrum that .Paak can easily manipulate. He is very versatile, but strangely there is an anti-climatic format of tracks. The last songs on this album, including the bonus tracks, are anti-climatic, with .Paak being held at gunpoint in one skit and then transitioning to a different scenario with no explanation given. The themes of luxury, crazy love, and fame stay true to the geographic culture in California, but gets tiring when the preceding Malibu has proven to do these better. It is not a straight duplicate, but it is fairly inferior in this subject.

    But that shouldn’t knock it down a peg too much. This album was fun, exciting, chill, and existential in many aspects. While the demands of a different album in .Paak’s discography may not have been answered in a satisfactory extent, it is a pleasing continuation that distinguished itself from other music this year. Another home run for Anderson .Paak, and a great addition to the closing year.
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  5. Nov 17, 2018
    7
    It's not anywhere near the level of Malibu, but it's a solid listen with some catchy songs.
  6. Nov 17, 2018
    7
    The soulful ride that made Malibu incredible just isn't here. It's an exciting album that starts off with the impression that a great vibe isThe soulful ride that made Malibu incredible just isn't here. It's an exciting album that starts off with the impression that a great vibe is here but the album doesn't have such a vibe. It's a little weird to hear Paak going more sexual here than he did with Malibu especially given the overall sound of this project compared to Malibu. There is incredible music here such as tints (still a highlight and most reminiscent of Malibu), Brother's Keepers, Cheers, etc. Moments such as these are more rare here. With Dr. Dre as the executive producer, the beat selection was surprisingly sub par. It's definitely a good album but it's too inconsistent. Songs sound either misplaced or unneeded. The skit about that guy going to a girl's house and literally nobody being home might've been one of the more memorable parts and that's not good. Malibu used snippets like that too but the music out shined it. It's honestly not an album with much replayability and I'll probably just delete it and download Malibu again. Expand
  7. Nov 18, 2018
    0
    Think watered down Jamiroquai..yawn.

    Relies on numerous "guest performers"..Snoop- really...yawn Money is a underlying theme..yawn.
    Think watered down Jamiroquai..yawn.

    Relies on numerous "guest performers"..Snoop- really...yawn

    Money is a underlying theme..yawn.

    BASIC shovelware
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