Soo I’ve had dreams about Tinashe. I actually got turned down at a club, because when I pulled out my phone to get a girl’s number I had a pic of Tinashe as my background and the girl thought I I had too many women. In another time we were married had children and died from a simultaneous mutual orgasm. It was awesome if I do say so myself. She is one of the hottest artists to break onto the scene in the last few years. When I saw her video for “Boss” I knew that she would be bringing some flames to the R&B game. With her sexy and seductive mixtapes Reverie and Black Water, Tinashe’s Aquarius had lovely waves of sex and romance to let coast into the beach of the upper echelon of the R&B biz. Unfortunately, the album seems to have run out of steam on the 3rd tank. Aquarius is loaded with mid-tempo dance tracks and some decent rap features, but not many princess cut gems that shine like her jeweled mixtapes, and mixtape covers.
OK, so let’s talk singles. The first single from Aquarius was “2On” produced by Mustard as noted by his iconic drop on all of his beats. Its a solid dance club banger for partying and turning up. The title kind of feels like its taking Drake’s “I’m on 1” to another level. The track features a rap verse by Schoolboy Q, which I really could’ve done without. But Drake’s internet released take on the track, “Thoughtful” where he sings “you’re so thoughtful” wasn’t all too stellar either.The other single and video has been “Pretend” featuring A$AP Rocky. “Pretend” is a really nice song with about a lovely sentimental situation between lovers imposing their past lovers onto their new lovers. At first I thought it was just a nice song, but after it grew on me I realized that I to had been guilty of doing that also. A$AP delivers a solid verse to seal the deal giving the best rap verse on the album.After that the album kind of floats on the water without anywhere to go. Tinashe is known for her suggestive sex driven lyrics, but most of the songs don’t seem to really delve into that enough. Compared to her mixtapes the tracks seem under produced. “All Hands On Deck” feels like a weak 2nd take at “2 On”. “How Many Times” features a sampled melody from Janet Jackson’s “Funny how time flies” where Tinashe matches Janet’s “Funny how time flies when you’re having fun” with “How many times can we make love in one night?” which in comparison ties together to lead the imagination in some pretty intriguing places. But, the track is just OK. Future comes in with a short rap verse at the end that sounds more like hyping than seducing. He seems to mimic the hook from Rick Ross’ “War Ready” which he makes fit, but it just doesn’t do it. I would’ve preferred his autotuned croon similar to Rihanna’s “Love and Affection”.Tinashe seems to just be rolling over the surface trying to be a sexy mermaid without taking us deep into the waters with sexiness nor lyricism.”Thug Cry”‘s lyric “Bet you ain’t never felt 3am like this, no. Like the moon’s collided diamonds, baby we can soar” is possibly the most interesting twist of phrase on the whole album, but I have no idea what it truly means.
The highlight of the album comes with the end of the album. The “Deep in the night” interlude is composed of a piano riff that leads in nicely to the melancholy “Bated Breath”. “Bated Breath” has a lovely cadence. It is a real gem on the album in terms of emotion and production, but could have used something more at the end, a guitar solo, more of Tinashe’s singing or her super sexy rapping that she does on her mixtape tracks such as “Midnight Sun” from Black Water. “The Storm” outro had another taste of the emotion from “Bated Breath”, but was an outro. That outro had more emotion than most of the rest of the album.
Aquarius feels rushed. It is a mermaid that jumped from the sea to show that it is truly a mermaid, but all of her scales are not shining to their brightest shimmer. Her record people probably rushed the release of the album after the wildfire success of “2 On” in the mainstream. But this is not to say that Tinashe is not a force to be reckoned with. If you really want some of the goods from her you should check out Reverie and Black Water which are both available for your listening pleasure for free on her SoundCloud page. This album doesn’t do her justice. And I still love her and want to have her kids. What? But yes tho.
Check out this article on why Tinashe is so awesome and the diva that we need today.
Links to selected tracks
Tinashe – Pretend ft. A$AP ROCKY: http://youtu.be/kV_4PA3RSr4
Tinashe – ECSTASY (Official Video): http://youtu.be/9mw3opbQmFE
Listen to Tinashe – Midnight Sunhttp://soundcloud.com/tinashenow/tinashe-midnight-sun
Listen to Yours by TinasheNowhttp://soundcloud.com/tinashenow/03-yours
Listen to Come When I Call by TinasheNowhttp://soundcloud.com/tinashenow/06-come-when-i-call
Links to the mixtapes
You really need to hear Reverie
Listen to REVERIE by TinasheNowhttp://soundcloud.com/tinashenow/sets/reverie
Listen to Tinashe – Black Water (Official Mixtape) by TinasheNowhttp://soundcloud.com/tinashenow/sets/black-water