Anderson .Paak
Oxnard


2.0
poor

Review

by counterparts24 USER (6 Reviews)
November 17th, 2018 | 85 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Oxnard" has a few shining moments, but that doesn't keep it from overstaying its welcome and leaving a bad taste in the listener's mouth.

Anderson .Paak is an artist that thrives off of quirky lyricism, a vibrant persona, and a concoction of neo-soul and west coast hip hop. He always aims to combine the old with the new, to create the perfect blend of Cali-influenced throwback rap and new wave funk. With that in mind (and after listening to his previous album, Malibu, and album that was promising but left me yearning for something better), I was excited to put on my headphones and ride a tasteful wave of well put together modern music.

Well, it’s safe to say that I was thoroughly disappointed.

The album’s opening track, “The Chase,” crescendos from beach samples and gorgeous female vocals into a funky, groovy, summertime banger. It sounds like something that the love child of Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar would make for a James Bond film. It sets the tone for an album that should be a smorgasbord of soulful tunes and west-coast aesthetic. So then why does the next track, “Headlow,” sound like a generic 60’s r&b song that I would hear playing at a local barber shop, minus the distasteful sample of .Paak receiving sloppy toppy in a car that does nothing for the song or the album as a whole" And why is this song over 4 minutes long"

This is the thesis for this entire album. It’s a back-and-forth rollercoaster between admirably energetic and unbearably uninspired, with an occasional track that falls somewhere in the middle. It possesses qualities of talents that aren’t being used to their full potential. And, of course, there is one major downfall of this project: Its length. This 14-track record is over an hour long, with most songs chiming in around the 4 minute mark, some even over 5 minutes. There wouldn’t be a problem with this if there was some interesting material to fill in that time frame, but instead, it’s used for no other reason than to allow the instrumentals to play out and fade away. It’s entirely unnecessary and does nothing to draw in the listener.

There are plenty of complaints to be made of "Oxnard"; The awkward sudden transitions (see “Brother’s Keeper,” a track that starts out solid but then turns switches up into an indie track out of the blue), the lyrically stale features from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, the overly sanitary production, etc. etc. Yet, even despite all its gripes, there are some surprisingly great cuts on this thing. The song “6 Summers” is an interesting political track that tackles topics such as gun control and Trump, whilst maintaining a fun beat that even a conservative could swing along to. “Saviers Road” is a quick, to-the-point cut that seems fit for a nice drive along the shoreline. “Sweet Chick” is by far the most entertaining song on the LP, a track about women and an abusive relationship that provides comical relief with some well-placed samples and bars about anime, sex, and arcades. But that doesn’t save the album in its entirety from being a major flop, as the good simply doesn’t outweigh the bad.

No pizza is cut perfectly, and no pizza has an even distribution of toppings across every slice. Some slices are big and stacked with all the fixin’s. Others are small, burnt, and have maybe 2 slices of pepperoni on them. "Oxnard" is a pizza that has way more of the latter slices. Take the few good pieces that are there, and whatever you do, don’t eat the whole pie, or you will certainly end up with a stomach ache.



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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2018


7865 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I fucking H A T E this album, Headlow or whatever is the most egregiously awful thing ever

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counterparts24
November 16th 2018


21 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Agreed, some good cuts on this thing but overall, pretty painful listen. Also, my first review on this site. Open to constructive criticism!

theNateman
November 17th 2018


3764 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah I was really disappointed with this album. I really dig Malibu when it came out and I was hoping for a repeat. But I tried getting into this album like 4 separate times with no dice each time

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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2018


7865 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

He went from talking about relatable and intimate struggles to obnoxiously talking about nothing but being rich and having sex. So weak.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2018


24910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah 1 listen in and idk if I really liked it that much....gonna need a few more to solidify my opinions

danielcardoso
November 17th 2018


11770 Comments


"He went from talking about relatable and intimate struggles to obnoxiously talking about nothing but being rich and having sex".

If this is accurate then imma be so fucking disappointed.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2018


24910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

There are a lot of sex songs on here

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2018


24910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sweet Chick is the biggest offender but that's easily the most entertaining song as this review mentioned but idk what that says about the album as a whole...

DoofDoof
November 17th 2018


4830 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was alright



A very ‘10s brand of meh artist overall



Every decade has its own middle of the road mulch, this qualifies

botb
November 17th 2018


13170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Nah this is like a 3.7

botb
November 17th 2018


13170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Honestly though I get not liking this. On first listen I was so fucking disappointed. Malibu is one of the closest-to-a-5 records I own, I spin it constantly. This was one of my most anticipated records this year and he went a way with it that i didn’t even think that he would. Paak shines when he’s in the pocket grooving and honestly he spends most of this album just rapping which was pretty jarring for me. But I took a step back and after a couple more listens it started to grow on me a bit.

DoofDoof
November 17th 2018


4830 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

‘Malibu’ started a strong 4/5 for me - then dropped to a low 3.5 after three or so months.



Dude has a niche but it’s a little limiting

rabidfish
November 17th 2018


5265 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

how does this compare the Yes Lawd! album? I really liked that one.

DoofDoof
November 17th 2018


4830 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Would need to revisit that one to know, only spun it twice at time of release but I enjoyed it

botb
November 17th 2018


13170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I personally think it’s about on par with yes lawd

Relinquished
November 17th 2018


40770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yea this is good no question

luci
November 17th 2018


11499 Comments


mediocre neo-soul, on par with malibu

botb
November 17th 2018


13170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

A weird description tbh the biggest complaint I have is the overall lack of neo-soul compared to Malibu. Aside from tints and a chorus on MOST of the songs it’s pretty clear cut straight hip hop

Ryus
November 17th 2018


17778 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

did not feel this at all

lg433
November 17th 2018


56 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

agreed with the lack of neo-soul, but some of yall rating this 1.0 are trippin



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