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Anderson .Paak: Ventura

Words by Gloria Brancatisano

Silencing the naysayers.

For many, Anderson .Paak’s previous album Oxnard was a misstep – an overblown, too-rap-heavy, misfire that didn’t deliver on the promise of its predecessor, Malibu.

So a new release only six months later surely had some breathing a sigh of relief. And with Ventura, .Paak is silencing any naysayers.

Here he slides back into the bubbly, smooth-as-honey grooves that originally had heads turning. His croon is back too, with rap verses taking a backseat for a warm, funk-led flavour.

Where Oxnard focused more on sex, Ventura is loved up. It spotlights “grown-up love” and the the not-so-sexy effort needed to make something work long term.

The album’s grooves are elegant and warm – there’s a vintage soul here but with a modern-tinge that ensures nothing feels outdated.

With more grit and less grandeur, Ventura sees Anderson .Paak returning to what he does best, while promising we can’t predict what’ll come next.

This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 189. You can read it here.

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