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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
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  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: 10 out of 13
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  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 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
  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. 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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  6. May 15, 2019
    7
    "Ventura" is another confident collection of songs from the music-making-machine known as Anderson .Paak. How he releases so many high quality"Ventura" is another confident collection of songs from the music-making-machine known as Anderson .Paak. How he releases so many high quality songs at such a large quantity is still mysterious. 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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