After the hard left turn of Oxnard, Paak sinks back into the bubbly smooth grooves that got him noticed.
The soothing soul palette is back, this time coloring love songs and their sweet nothings, and Paak settles into his old polished grooves in search of comfort. The Oxnard native is constantly showing his work, for better and worse. He is capable of imitation, if not flattery, in the form of a patchwork reimaginations.
Those who were hoping for a “return to form” from Anderson Paak will likely be delighted by Ventura, which bears inside it all the hallmarks of his breakthrough. This tune-up album, at the very least, restores the underlying feeling of his signature stuff.