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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: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 90
    With sumptuous harmonies and a live band locked in on every track, .Paak finds a sweet spot between throwback soul and the 21st Century dancefloor. He sounds like the best version of himself. ... An exceptional return to form.
  2. 83
    Ventura is lean and lovely.
  3. 80
    [Ventura] streamlines .Paak’s sound, making for a tightly packaged, melodic and danceable album.
  4. Apr 12, 2019
    80
    Paak’s output is keeping pace with his ambition. But good as his records have been, this set included, you still get a sense that the best work still lay ahead.
  5. Apr 19, 2019
    80
    It's easy to imagine a superior album being made from sequencing it with the best of its predecessor. But there's a simple, unassuming quality that would be lost if you did.
  6. Apr 12, 2019
    70
    It's a super-charged R&B record, laced with throwback Motown/Philly grooves, that hits hard but fails to land a knockout blow. It seems to be a case of not being able to fully satisfy the hip-hop heads, the R&B fans and the amorphous genre-less Venn diagram in between.
  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: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  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 16, 2019
    10
    Oxnard was pretty good, but some of the features stole the show, this is more of what .Paak does best, the only thing we need now is a properOxnard was pretty good, but some of the features stole the show, this is more of what .Paak does best, the only thing we need now is a proper follow-up to NxWorries' Yes Lawd! Expand
  3. 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
  4. Apr 15, 2019
    8
    Not quite as soulful as Malibu when it wants to and neither does it have the same hits, furthermore not as hard hitting as Oxnard's bangers. INot quite as soulful as Malibu when it wants to and neither does it have the same hits, furthermore not as hard hitting as Oxnard's bangers. I feel like Anderson tries to please both fans at the same time, but most of us are the same- i would rather have i Oxnard or Malibu by itself than this half measure.

    Although i might seem very harsh i did enjoy the album a lot. Both singles are good, especially make it better which is up there with the hits from Malibu. Jet Black, Come home and winner circle are all really good songs. But i think Anderson would've benefited from working a little longer on this project, for it to feel like a fully fleshed out soul/ jazz rap album that he wants to create. I feel like his best music still lies ahead, with 3 or 4 standout songs from Ventura and Oxnard, Malibu is impeccable for the most part.

    I feel like a light to a decent 8 on this one.

    Favourite songs: Make it better, jet black, king James, come home
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  5. Apr 12, 2019
    8
    This album is very captivating, very intriguing and a great follow-up to last year's Oxford. Oh and that Andre 3000 verse was great.
  6. 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
  7. Apr 14, 2019
    5
    Boring, every song sounds the same. what a chore it was listening to this album.

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