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Oxnard

Anderson .Paak

Oxnard

Third full-length studio release by Southern Californian R&B artist featuring guest appearances from Kadhja Bonet, BJ The Chicago Kid, J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Norelle, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Cocoa Sarai and Snoop Dogg

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
12 Tone / Aftermath
UK Release date
16/11/2018
US Release date
16/11/2018
  1. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The only way is up for restless rapper
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  2. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    It is fun through and through and pulls on a wide variety of influences and genres. Anderson .Paak remains one of the most interesting talents in modern music, and we wait eagerly for whatever comes next
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  3. 8.0 |   NME

    After the breakthrough of previous album ‘Malibu’, the rapper explores the fall-out of newfound fame, but retains the sunny disposition that made us love him the first time around
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  4. 8.0 |   NOW

    The album is less cohesive and introspective than his modern day classic Malibu, but it's still a freewheeling and occasionally exhilarating ride
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    Flashes of greatness and West Coast swagger
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  6. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    NEW Ultimately, the bigged up production doesn’t suit .Paak’s soulful tendencies, which are further lost in his switch to rap. There are a few highlights, sure, but not nearly enough for an artist who I would’ve placed bets would be the next Big Thing
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  7. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Oxnard boasts several great moments, but the album is merely good
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  8. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    The rapping, singing, and drumming polymath approaches the funk canon from a rap perspective, offering a wide-angle portrait of Los Angeles’ hedonistic landscape
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  9. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Anderson .Paak is formidable but not masterly on Oxnard
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  10. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    It's evident that Paak put care into this project. Perhaps its biggest fault is being a good album that's just not as strong as the other two in .Paak's "Golden State" series
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  11. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Oxnard is a breezy and charming listen
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  12. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Knotty rapper weaves grit and glee
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  13. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The album has some great moments, and a few missed opportunities
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  14. 6.0 |   The Independent

    On so many of these tracks he sounds restless, like he’s already thinking about moving on to bigger and better things
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