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Anderson .Paak: Ventura review – stripped-back soul to silence the haters | Alexis Petridis's album of the week | Music

(Aftermath Entertainment)The rapper’s new album feels like a riposte to criticism of his last one, amping up the subtlety and dialling down the grand ambitionIt’s not often that an artist’s mum feels prompted to respond to criticism of their work, but that is precisely what happened in the wake of Anderson .Paak’s last album. Intended as a star-studded, big-budget epic to mark his move from indie labels to Dr Dre’s behemoth Aftermath Entertainment, Oxnard turned out to be a Grammy-winning commer...