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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the Southern California artist features guest appearances from André 3000, Brandy, Nate Dogg, Sonyae Elise, Lalah Hathaway, Smokey Robinson, and Jazmine Sullivan.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Apr 25, 2019
    90
    Coming across as a familiar yet fresh sound, like a reconciliation of a past lover, Ventura’s soulful presence was crafted by time. Memorable and intimate from the start, Ventura completes Oxnard, as Malibu did to Venice; tying up all loose ends and graciously ready for the next chapter.
  2. Apr 12, 2019
    85
    .Paak manages to both evolve and remind us why we’ve always loved him in the first place.
  3. Apr 17, 2019
    82
    .Paak’s newest project is less cinematic and epic than its companion piece but it’s just as ambitious, texturely rich, and bustling with pleasant surprises.
  4. 80
    This is a simple collection of woozy slow-jams and blissed-out recollections (a step back from the hip-hop stylings of ‘Oxnard’, which wrong-footed some fans).
  5. Apr 17, 2019
    80
    Every track is dripping with smooth chords, funk-influenced rhythms and a retro quality to the production, and is all the better for it.
  6. Apr 11, 2019
    80
    It feels like evidence that Ventura is a less ambitious and grandiose project than its predecessor. But it’s also a better and more satisfying album that plays to its author’s considerable strengths and skirts around his weaknesses.
  7. Apr 15, 2019
    60
    Recorded at the same time as Oxnard, Ventura distinguishes itself from its predecessor by being looser and warmer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Apr 15, 2019
    10
    Fresh, New and maybe his best work. This album is a trip! For long rides with your girlfriend!
  2. Apr 13, 2019
    10
    wonderful album and an instant classic, maybe even better than Malibu (if that is even possible?). modern soul which takes the best of the oldwonderful album and an instant classic, maybe even better than Malibu (if that is even possible?). modern soul which takes the best of the old and mixes in some new with sick hooks and slick production. i can't stop listening to it. Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2019
    9
    He does it again. Anderson .Paak has become one of my all time favorites after dropping two classics within 5 months. I have decided that IHe does it again. Anderson .Paak has become one of my all time favorites after dropping two classics within 5 months. I have decided that I cannot pick a favorite between Malibu, Oxnard, and Ventura because they all have something different to offer while staying within the Soul/Hip-Hop Realm. Expand
  4. Apr 16, 2019
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I loved this one, but it's a little odd to hear more of the same. I do enjoy every song (especially Come Home with Andre 3000, and King James, shoutout to the bar about taking a knee) but it's not AMAZING as it could be if Anderson .Paak would take it into a new direction. But don't let that stop you from listening to it. This album is bloody amazing. Expand
  5. Feb 24, 2021
    8
    anderson .paak v good 8/10
    anderson .paak v good 8/10
    anderson .paak v good 8/10
  6. jmo
    Apr 15, 2019
    7
    While Ventura may not have the most heartfelt lyrics, or experimental production the fusion of smooth r&b and lush neo soul makes Ventura oneWhile Ventura may not have the most heartfelt lyrics, or experimental production the fusion of smooth r&b and lush neo soul makes Ventura one of the most enticing releases of 2019 so far. Gone are the long, complicated grand tracks from Oxnard and instead like some of my favorite albums of all time Anderson Paak uses simplicity to his gain. He uses features sparingly only in situations where he needs them and while the production is smooth lush and groovy it holds no weight without anderson paaks vocals and samples. On the topic of samples Anderson paak used a Smokey Robbinson & a sample from Nate Dogg two risks that payed off well, as they feel a part of the track and not thrown together by a label to increase hype for the album. But if your looking for hype look no further as Andre 3000 one of Paak's Greatest inspirations delivers a great verse as we can usually expect from the Critically acclaimed Outkast Member. Pharell Willams also produces the track "Twilight" with his iconic drum pattern. Overall Anderson .Paak has dropped one of the most smooth groovy albums of the year with snappy production sticky charismatic lyrics and great pitch and tune from Anderson .Paak for one of the best albums of 2019 so far.

    Best Tracks: Twilight, What Can We Do?, Come Home, Make It Better
    Worst Tracks: Yadda Yadda

    Overall: 7/10
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  7. Apr 14, 2019
    5
    Boring, every song sounds the same. what a chore it was listening to this album.

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