Malibu (album)

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Malibu
Anderson-Park-Malibu-Cover-Billboard-650x650.jpg
Studio album by Anderson Paak
Released January 15, 2016 (2016-01-15)
Recorded 2015
Genre
Length 61:02
Label
Producer
Anderson Paak chronology
Venice
(2014)Venice2014
Malibu
(2016)
Singles from Malibu
  1. "The Season / Carry Me"
    Released: November 8, 2015
  2. "Am I Wrong"
    Released: November 9, 2015
  3. "Room in Here"
    Released: December 9, 2015
  4. "Come Down"
    Released: January 9, 2016

Malibu is the second studio album by American singer Anderson Paak. It was released on January 15, 2016, by Steel Wool, OBE, Art Club and Empire Distribution[1] following the release of his EP, Link Up & Suede, with Knxwledge (credited as the duo, NxWorries).[2]

The album was supported by four singles: "The Season / Carry Me", "Am I Wrong", "Room in Here" and "Come Down". Malibu received widespread critical acclaim, placing highly on several music critics' end-of-year lists. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album.[3]

Background[edit]

The album is described as the beginning of his potential commercial breakthrough, following his prominent role on Dr. Dre's album Compton (2015). Paak is featured on six songs on Compton, including "Animals". The track was produced by DJ Premier. Although, the track was initially slated for his 2016 album, Malibu. Dr. Dre later approved to have the track featured on his album Compton.[4]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "The Season / Carry Me", was released on November 8, 2015.[5]

The album's second single, "Am I Wrong", was released on November 9, 2015. The song features a guest appearance from American rapper Schoolboy Q.[6]

The album's third single, "Room in Here", was released on December 9, 2015. The song features guest appearances from American rapper The Game and American singer Sonyae Elise.[7]

The album's fourth single, "Come Down", was released on January 9, 2016.[8] The song was listed as the 44th best song of 2016 by Pitchfork.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?8.0/10[10]
Metacritic85/100[11]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[12]
The Austin Chronicle4.5/5 stars[13]
Consequence of SoundA−[14]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[15]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[16]
Pitchfork8.6/10[17]
Q4/5 stars[18]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[19]
Spin7/10[20]
ViceA−[21]

Malibu received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 85, based on 18 reviews.[11] Andy Kellman of AllMusic said, "Compared to the impressive and occasionally brilliant Venice, this album's mix of high and hard times has deeper resonance."[12] Alejandra Ramirez of The Austin Chronicle said, "There's effortless, unhurried groove as he slides from the disarming grit of Nineties hip-hop in "Without You" to Sixties soul on "The Bird" and honey-dripped R&B with "Am I Wrong"."[13] Michael Madden of Consequence of Sound said, "For its lyrical and musical scope, Malibu brings to mind a number of excellent albums, ranging from Stevie Wonder's Innervisions to, yes, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly."[14] Kyle Anderson's review for Entertainment Weekly states that "Malibu defies categorization," attributing that to .Paak's "versatility and his willingness to take detours, not all of which work." Anderson calls "Silicon Valley" "well-meaning but dopey," but praises "Am I Wrong" as "the best Outkast song since that pair folded."[15]

Erin Lowers of Exclaim! said, "A rose from concrete, Malibu offers a sense of wonder that's carefully rooted in funk and soul, and presents a complete vision from a blossoming new artist that's not only fearless, but leading something of a sonic revolution."[22] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times said, "Malibu—his second album under this moniker, following a stretch under the name Breezy Lovejoy—is multilayered. It's also incisive, languorous and deeply felt, a warm bath of studiously relaxed hip-hop and soul."[23] Dami Solebo of PopMatters said, "The reason for this broad interest is his ability to aptly infuse various musical styles under the R&B umbrella. Moreover, his ability to make uptempo soul without losing his ability to invoke a response more typical of downtempo sounds is particularly impressive."[24] Steve Yates of Q magazine stated, "On the rich and dazzling Malibu, Anderson .Paak has truly found his voice."[18]

Pitchfork's Marcus J. Moore awarded the album with a Best New Music rating, drawing comparisons between Paak and Kendrick Lamar, writing that "much like Kendrick Lamar, .Paak skillfully depicts his surroundings while remaining in the foreground" and that ".Paak's quicksilver flow on "Your Prime" feels teleported in directly from To Pimp a Butterfly as the music flows expansively from creamy soul harmonies to trap cadences."[17] Sheldon Pearce of Spin said, "The tonal palette is warm and lush, with a transporting quality that's twofold, sending the listener both to the artist's western locale and back in time."[20] The Wall Street Journal calls it an improvement on his previous album Venice, stating "on the new disc, Paak combines his varied interests into something familiar yet distinctive, bringing old-school R&B into the moment with his voice..."[25] Christopher M. Weingarten of Rolling Stone said, "The music isn't always as dynamic as his thoughts, opting for a mostly mellow mood that matches the LP's carefree samples of surfing documentaries, but doesn't always capture their freewheeling individuality."[19]

Year-end lists[edit]

Publication Rank Ref.
Complex
14
Consequence of Sound
8
Fact
34
The Guardian
22
The Independent
2
NME
21
Paste
16
Pitchfork
13
Rough Trade
2
The Skinny
4
Spin
24
Stereogum
12

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Anderson Paak.

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."The Bird"Paak3:37
2."Heart Don't Stand a Chance"DJ Khalil5:12
3."The Waters" (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid)Madlib2:54
4."The Season / Carry Me"
5:28
5."Put Me Thru"Paak2:40
6."Am I Wrong" (featuring Schoolboy Q)Pomo4:13
7."Without You" (featuring Rapsody)9th Wonder3:19
8."Parking Lot"
  • Paak
  • Jose Rios
3:54
9."Lite Weight" (featuring The Free Nationals United Fellowship Choir)Kaytranada3:26
10."Room in Here" (featuring The Game and Sonyae Elise)Like3:59
11."Water Fall (Interluuube)"Chris Dave and The Drumhedz1:58
12."Your Prime"DJ Khalil3:57
13."Come Down"Hi-Tek2:56
14."Silicon Valley"Dem Jointz4:04
15."Celebrate"
  • Paak
  • Vicky Farewell Nguyen
3:46
16."The Dreamer" (featuring Talib Kweli and Timan Family Choir)Callum Connor5:39
Total length:61:02

Sample credits

  • "Without You" contains a sample of "Molasses", performed by Hiatus Kaiyote, written by Naomi Saalfield, Paul Bender, Simon Mavin and Perrin Moss.

Personnel[edit]

Album credits adapted from Malibu digital booklet.[38]

  • Anderson Paak – lead artist, production (tracks 1, 5, 8, 15), drums (tracks 2, 12), background vocals (tracks 2, 9, 12)
  • BJ the Chicago Kid – feature vocal (track 3)
  • Schoolboy Q – feature vocal (track 6)
  • Rapsody – feature vocal (track 7)
  • The Free Nationals United Fellowship Choir – featured artist (track 9)
  • The Game – feature vocal (track 10)
  • Sonyae Elise – feature vocal (track 10)
  • Talib Kweli – featured artist (track 16)
  • Timan Family Choir – featured artist (track 16)
  • DJ Khalil – production (tracks 2, 12)
  • Madlib – production (track 3)
  • 9th Wonder – production (tracks 4, 7)
  • Matthew "Callum Connor" Merisola – production (tracks 4, 16), mixing (track 16)
  • Pomo – production (track 6)
  • Jose Rios – production (track 8), guitar (tracks 1, 5, 8, 15)
  • Kaytranada – production (track 9)
  • Like – production (track 10)
  • Chris Dave and the Drumhedz – production (track 11)
  • Hi-Tek – production (track 13), mixing (track 13)
  • Dem Jointz – production (track 14), mixing (track 14), recording (track 14)
  • Vicky Farewell Nguyen – production (track 15), keys (tracks 8, 15), background vocals (track 9)
  • Ron Avant – piano (tracks 1, 8, 15), vocoder (track 11)
  • Kelsey Gonzalez – bass (tracks 1, 5, 8, 15), background vocals (track 9), guitar (track 14)
  • Julian Le – strings (tracks 1, 5)
  • Sam Barsh – keyboards (tracks 2, 12)
  • Daniel Seeff – bass and guitar (tracks 2, 12)
  • Emile Martinez – trumpet (track 1)
  • Brasstracks – horns (track 6)
  • Ann One – background vocals (track 9)
  • Robert Glasper – keys (track 11)
  • Pino Palladino – bass (track 11)
  • Isaiah Sharkey – guitar (track 11)
  • Olivia Braga – background vocals (track 12)
  • Cameron Brown – guitar (track 13)
  • Brian Cockerham – bass (track 13)
  • Paris Timan – background vocals (track 16)
  • Milan Timan – background vocals (track 16)
  • Deja Timan – background vocals (track 16)
  • Marlon Bills – background vocals (track 16)
  • Ronald Timan – background vocals (track 16)
  • Adrian L. Miller – executive producer[39]
  • Ketrina "Taz" Askew – executive producer
  • Kevin Morrow – executive producer
  • Chris Plata – mixing
  • Jared Hirshland – mastering
  • Erik Ian – photography
  • Dewey Saunders – artwork
  • Cory Gomberg – creative direction

Charts[edit]

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