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Anderson .Paak: Ventura review – stripped-back soul to silence the haters | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

(Aftermath Entertainment)
The rapper’s new album feels like a riposte to criticism of his last one, amping up the subtlety and dialling down the grand ambition

It’s not often that an artist’s mum feels prompted to respond to criticism of their work, but that is precisely what happened in the wake of Anderson .Paak’s last album. Intended as a star-studded, big-budget epic to mark his move from indie labels to Dr Dre’s behemoth Aftermath Entertainment, Oxnard turned out to be a Grammy-winning commercial success despite mixed reviews, the most common criticism being that some of his previous work’s appeal had been forgotten amid the production gloss and the big-name guest appearances. Perhaps understandably, this interpretation held little sway with the singer/rapper’s mum. “To all the haters that said Anderson .Paak ‘lost his identity in the Oxnard album’, this Is what I have to say about it,” she offered, in a message shared on social media. “I don’t agree … on the contrary, Paak didn’t lose his identity, he presented his great diversity. And all the haters can take that to the bank!”

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Source: The Guardian – Anderson .Paak: Ventura review – stripped-back soul to silence the haters | Alexis Petridis's album of the week

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