12 Days of Music: A Review of Anderson .Paak’s Album Malibu

Artist: Anderson .Paak

Album: Malibu

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Malibu was released all the way back in the second week of January, and it has yet to be surpassed by any other album that has passed through my ears in 2016. From front to back, this album is drenched in funky beats, LA soul and infectious grooves that will keep you nodding your head and tapping your toes throughout the 16-track effort. This album has staying power, and in a society where flashes-in-the-pan are all the masses are looking for, it’s easy to overlook masterpieces that don’t cater to the current model, but do your ears and your soul a favor by stopping and fully immersing yourself in this personal journey Anderson has laid out for all of us to delve into.

From the opening guitar flicks of “The Bird” to the ode for the not-so-blessed, “The Dreamer”, Brandon Paak Anderson has crafted a truly unique album that is not to be missed. Personal favs can be found at tracks 4 – “The Season/Carry Me”; 10 – “Room In Here” feat. The Game & Sonyae Elise; and track 15 – “Celebrate”, which is a perfect cut to cruise down the highway to. If you want a party, club-banging track, hip yourself to track 13 – “Come Down” with its pitter-patter high-hat rhythm and call-back hooks; track 8 – “Parking Lot” can also be a fun party-cut!

In a new world where a single can elevate a less-than-worthy artist to stratospheric levels, it’s quite the treat when you have an artist who doesn’t want the fame, and crafts a personal novel for the unwashed to bask in. So, if you haven’t yet, please take the time to bask in the glow of Malibu… your soul will benefit.

One last piece of info on Anderson, he’s just released a new album under his side-project, NxWorries, with producer Knxwledge, put that on your Christmas list too!! 

Grady Tyree

About Grady Tyree

Hey, I am Grady Tyree, the procurement and label relations associate at PlayNetwork. After watching KoRn destroy Atlanta as part of the 1997 Lollapalooza tour, I knew I wanted to work in music.

I have been in the industry for over 14 years, starting out at Sony Music Entertainment working in four markets (Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, and Seattle) before landing a job at Easy Street Records and making my way to PlayNetwork in 2012.

You could say I’m a “gatekeeper” of sorts; content has to come through me before it hits our vast library. I get to listen to great music that flows through our circuits, sometimes before the general public, sometimes after, assist in discovering new, unsigned talent via our client requests or supervisor requests. And, if that isn’t enough, I co-chair our PlayLive events for our in-house concerts.

When I am not immersed in the music world, you can find me looking for the next best camera angle at Easy Street Records, a local concert or with my baby son (my best subject) as photography has quickly become a favorite creative pastime.

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