Skip to main content



Featured Post

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Samsung has quietly announced the Galaxy Tab S6, but is it a worthy upgrade over 2018's Tab S4? We compare the two tablets, highlighting the key differences to help you decide which is best for your needs.
Should I Buy The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Or Samsung Galaxy Tab S4?
It’s hard to say without going hands-on with the tablet ourselves, but based on the specs, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 offers a range of upgrades over the Galaxy Tab S4, but if you’re a casual tablet user that doesn’t need blistering speeds or a huge amount of storage, the Tab S4 is still a great option.





Anderson .Paak - Ventura Music Album Reviews

After the hard left turn of Oxnard, Paak sinks back into the bubbly smooth grooves that got him noticed.

Last year’s Oxnard was Anderson .Paak’s first hard left turn. Working more closely with Dr. Dre, who gave him his original career boost on his own 2015 Compton, he jettisoned his warm, ingratiating funk in favor of sexed-up self-indulgence, hot-buttered excess, and hard-edged rapping. The project sold well but sparked such lingering criticism among fans that even his mom had to clap back at haters. After spending nearly three years working on his Malibu follow up, he took less than a year to redress it with Ventura. 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.

Unlike the Internet, whose genre hybrids are seamless, or Smino, whose future-funk and soulful raps are effortlessly malleable, Paak’s songs can be traced directly back to their sources: the funk rock of Parliament-Funkadelic, the smooth, gliding strokes of Frankie Beverly & Maze, the glowing visions of Stevie Wonder, lush Dre-era G-Funk, the eclectic neo-soul of Sa-Ra. 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. But he traces sounds of the past so finely that his own work disappears.

Malibu got over on its earnest, introspective writing, which anchored its wide-ranging soul in something idiosyncratic and personal. Ventura doesn’t have as sharp of a perspective, but his generous personality still shines through from time to time. The gorgeous “Yada Yada” ponders the end of the world before settling somewhere this side of YOLO: “Our days are numbered, I’d rather count what I earn.” On “Good Heels,” Jazmine Sullivan plays a side chick who locked her things in Paak’s apartment. His girlfriend’s on her way there and he’s off in the Palisades with the key. His solution: She has to climb up the fire escape and break in. It’s an amusing and charming little vignette.

Then, there’s “King James,” Paak's ode to black resistance and political action. “What we built here is godly/They can’t gentrify the heart of kings,” Paak sings. He follows the threads of activism in professional sports to community organizing, and a salute to service becomes a call to action. “We couldn’t stand to see our children shot dead in the streets/But when I finally took a knee, them crackers took me out the league/Now I’m not much for games but I play for keeps/And we salute King James for using his change/To create some equal opportunities.” It’s in these spaces that his songs come alive and become more than serviceable soul cosplay.

Despite featuring several prominent rap producers, Malibu was like a hip-hop sampler with soul at its center. Oxnard hewed closer to rap in form and function, and suffered for it. Betting bigger on Paak’s abilities as a rapper proved risky; where his raspy squawk of a singing voice always communicates fervor, he strains as a rapper. Ventura seems acutely aware of this and rebalances accordingly. The leisurely grooves of “Winners Circle” and opener “Come Home” provide ample room for Paak and the chorus fleshing out his harmonies to breathe.

The raps here, including the André 3000 verse, appear largely in the form of breakdowns or sections all to themselves. These moments often come as pleasant surprises, usually delivering statements of purpose (on “Chosen One,” a song otherwise about finding a perfect partner, he takes a second to offer: “To label me as The One, debatable/But second to none, that suit me like a tailored suit”) and they foreground him as a soul singer and bandleader first and foremost.

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. But there, too, lies its flaw: it’s a hollow effort lacking in any real distinguishing characteristics. The album never becomes more than the sum of its sounds.

View the original article here



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

Once Upon a Hollywood Movie Review

Say Goodbye to "Hollywood"

Moments of Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" suggest a calmer and more reflective side of the filmmaker. Tarantino is known for his unrelenting violence and rapid-fire dialogue exchanges, but early scenes in his latest movie show him taking a bit of a breath. It's a nice touch, but Tarantino cannot help giving into his worst indulgences as a director; the movie ultimately succumbs to those, and it erases all hints of goodwill that may have been built up earlier in the film.

Spinach, Asian Pear & Chicken Salad

Fragrant, crunchy Asian pears add a refreshing melon-like flavor to the healthy chicken salad recipe. Look for the large, brown, apple-shaped fruit in well-stocked supermarkets near other specialty fruit.

2020 Subaru Outback Review

Outstanding capabilityGenerous 11.6-inch touchscreenSpacious interior29 mpg combined with base engineComfortable rideDISLIKES
Styling isn’t a huge leapBase engine isn’t overwhelmingSmall-item storage lackingBUYING TIP
The Outback Premium offers the best value with creature comforts and outstanding ability off-road.

Synology DS419slim Review

The DS419slim fills a unique niche by being a NAS drive that exclusively accepts only 2.5in drives. A limitation that is perhaps more of a curse than a blessing. Find out why in our review.
Should I Buy The Synology DiskStation DS419slim?
On paper a NAS drive that uses 2.5in drives might seem interesting until you realise the limited sizes available for NAS use, and the cost of owning them.
Unless you really need a compact NAS drive, another model is likely to be a better choice.

Chicken, Brussels Sprouts & Mushroom Salad

Shaving the vegetables for this easy salad recipe makes them deliciously tender-crisp without having to cook anything and helps them stand up to the bright homemade vinaigrette and salty Parmesan cheese.

Like Fan Page