Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Album Review: Malibu by Anderson Paak

This is the most interesting R&B album I've heard in quite some time. It feels both familiar and brand new at the same time and definitely has a upbeat air to it. If you have no kids then this would be a good album to clean the house to, to play board games to, to put on in the background while you sit around and talk. These are high praises for me, but there are still problems here. It's too long for one and too disjointed for the other.

This goes back to my standard complaint about a lot of R&B these days. Too many producers. For reasons I don't understand it seems that all R&B artist have to use at least four different producers in making an album. It almost always means you end up with an album that sounds like a collection of songs rather than a coherent unified work of art. This album definitely suffers from this. Sure with all these different producers we can see just how talented Anderson Paak is, but I would rather have a five star album of 10 amazing tracks that was the culmination of two people knocking heads in the studio, than a two star album that is a fun listen but will be forgotten within a few days after taking it off my album review playlist.

Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 2 out of 5 stars for Not Bad.

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