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Anderson .paak - Ventura (2019) Published: April 12/19 Released: April 12/19 albumR&B/Soul11 Tracks • 39 Minutes
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82%
    SELECTED LINE: This is a simple collection of woozy slow-jams and blissed-out recollections. -New Musical Express (NME)
    Ventura is the fourth studio album by Anderson .paak, released by Aftermath Entertainment from 12 Tone Music on April 12, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Come Home (feat. André 3000)4:26Anderson .Paak
    2. Make It Better (feat. Smokey Robinson)3:39Anderson .Paak
    3. Reachin' 2 Much (feat. Lalah Hathaway)5:55Anderson .Paak
    4. Winners Circle3:29Anderson .Paak
    5. Good Heels (feat. Jazmine Sullivan)1:38Anderson .Paak
    6. Yada Yada3:27Anderson .Paak
    7. King James3:17Anderson .Paak
    8. Chosen One (feat. Sonyae Elise)4:05Anderson .Paak
    9. Jet Black (feat. Brandy)3:28Anderson .Paak
    10. Twilight3:16Anderson .Paak
    11. What Can We Do? (feat. Nate Dogg)2:56Anderson .Paak
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Critic Reviews (38)

Anderson .Paak has once again subverted expectations, proving himself to be one of contemporary R&B’s most spectacular forces.

80% 1 day ago

Soundblab Soundblab

Ventura is lean and lovely. Anderson .Paak keeps looking backwards, but he might be eyeing the future all the same.

83% 1 day ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

Ventura serves as a reminder of the magic that can result from looking to the past to inform the future.

80% 1 day ago

Slant Magazine Slant Magazine

Like its predecessor Ventura is a well-orchestrated collection of songs.

74% 2 days ago

THEFRESHCOMMITTEE THEFRESHCOMMITTEE

It's a course correction away from the sound and tone of Oxnard towards something that's more soulful and loose, along the lines of Malibu.

70% 2 days ago

Spectrum Pulse (CA) Spectrum Pulse (CA)

Throughout the album it seems as if some sounds from Oxnard have been recycled.

2 days ago

Luminous Dash Luminous Dash

An artist unafraid to reinvent and experiment.

80% 2 days ago

Clash Music Clash Music

When you excel at making breezy listens, you have to be careful about your impact not blowing away.

65% 2 days ago

The 405 The 405

Besides a few dull moments, Ventura is a worthy companion piece to Oxnard that may even be more appealing to some listeners.

82% 2 days ago


Ventura is the sound of a man that’s relishing the chance to be an anomaly in an industry of carefully premeditated decisions and soundalikes.

85% 2 days ago


Soulful and funky tunes.

3 days ago

The Straits Times The Straits Times (TOP)

Ultimately, “Ventura” is a fine but forgettable record.

3 days ago

Weekender Weekender

His personality disappears slightly from focus with each successive release.

60% 3 days ago

FLOOD Magazine FLOOD Magazine

Ventura is a slam dunk by an artist who has already proved himself essential to modern R&B.

80% 3 days ago

musicOMH.com musicOMH.com

A sunnier, more soul-focused sound.

4 days ago

KEXP KEXP

It definitely feels like an improvement on 'Oxnard', and sees him moving back into his formative form.

70% 4 days ago

MYSTIC SONS MYSTIC SONS

.Paak’s blandest album to date ... On Ventura, it sounds like Anderson .Paak wants to be Bruno Mars.

60% 4 days ago

Highsnobiety Highsnobiety

All in all, the romantic vibe of the tightly-knit record make this album a pleasure to listen to and gives much excitement for what is next.

80% 5 days ago

Culture Kings Culture Kings

Ventura exudes a happy, sunny aura just like the musician’s home state.

5 days ago


Ventura distinguishes itself from its predecessor by being looser and warmer.

60% 6 days ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

West Coast adventurism can shade into aimlessness.

60% 1 week ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

Staying true to his eclectic brew of soul, jazz, and hip hop, embracing hybridity to form music so expansive, it's sometimes hard for the ears to hold.

1 week ago

POPDUST POPDUST

It’s impressive that he can remain this prolific and continue to dish out such effortlessly enjoyable stuff.

1 week ago

BrooklynVegan BrooklynVegan

This is Cheeky Andy at his R&B best as he reminds us why we came to love him in the first place.

1 week ago

SoulBounce SoulBounce

It's a super-charged R&B record, laced with throwback Motown/Philly grooves, that hits hard but fails to land a knockout blow.

70% 1 week ago

Exclaim Exclaim

A body of work that features timeless-sounding songs.

67% 1 week ago

The Ratings Game Music The Ratings Game Music

Ventura has both a quality of completeness to it that Oxnard seemingly lacked.

1 week ago

UPROXX UPROXX

Anderson .Paak finds a way to return to the sound that made him big without retreading on the past in recycled ideas.

1 week ago

Magnetic Magazine Magnetic Magazine

On “Ventura,” .Paak manages to both evolve and remind us why we’ve always loved him in the first place.

1 week ago


Overall, Ventura‘s grooves are scintillating, with percussive filigree sputtering like fireworks across the album’s mix, and at its best the LP conjures vintage soul with modern beat science underpinnings, an elegant mix of tough and plush.

80% 1 week ago


Anderson's fourth project delivers a soulful ambience and an authentically .Paak 11-track set.

1 week ago


Ventura is Anderson in his home, comfortable, showcasing all that makes him great.

1 week ago

DJ Booth DJ Booth

It’s a hollow effort lacking in any real distinguishing characteristics.

69% 1 week ago


The strangely punctuated Californian singer scored a significant coup by getting Smokey Robinson to duet with him on Make It Better.

60% 1 week ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

A tightly packaged, melodic and danceable album.

80% 1 week ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

A better and more satisfying album that plays to its author’s considerable strengths and skirts around his weaknesses.

80% 1 week ago


It marks an exceptional return to form.

90% 1 week ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

This is a simple collection of woozy slow-jams and blissed-out recollections.

80% 1 week ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)
User Reviews (5)

Fireace084 weeks ago
Boring single I hope this album is better than the last one. Judging by the single, I’m kinda skeptical...I am looking forward to hearing that Nate Dogg track though.

wazzuuup.2 weeks ago
Better than Oxnard gotta love that classic Andy.Paak

ethanlees3 weeks ago
YES LAWD words can’t describe how hyped I’m feeling for this album. paak is such an underrated artist. He’s so unbelievably talented!!

Nasha Romanov3 weeks ago
Love this fly boys song I was just browsing around and accidentally clicked on King James,never heard of him. But love it this album will be fly. Can’t wait to download the album.

D & G Houey4 weeks ago
Er'body Music!! Can't wait for the album to drop. Paak's music is for everyone to enjoy. He is a Cultural Icon!!
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