Tinashe - Joyride
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Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #709 / 794
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Based on 282 ratings
2018 Ratings: #864
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April 13, 2018 / Release Date
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Tinashe and her fans were kept waiting a frustratingly long time for ‘Joyride’, but perhaps it was this extra time that gave her the opportunity to craft the album into the sensual, star-ridden offering she’s released.


Nothing here is bound to pass "2 On" in terms of popularity, but the highlights are filled with rich details and seductive hooks.


Joyride is finally here and it highlights the artist's promise and potential, while, at the same time, leaving us wondering what the wait was about.


Thankfully, Tinashe’s flame hasn’t burnt out yet, and Joyride is an enjoyable full-length, one where she doesn’t succumb to the dreaded sophomore slump.


The album feels flattened in a way that does Tinashe a disservice; her usual free-flowing variety of styles and textures feels oddly at a distance among Joyride’s grab bag.

The Independent

Joyride is a definite departure from Aquarius and even Nightride – Tinashe opts for moodier songs, less pop hooks and more experimentation.

The Guardian

Tinashe’s long-gestated second album is a mixed bag, best when her coolly focused sexuality is put to the fore.

The Observer

Fortunately, Joyride doesn’t sound too much like trench warfare between star and industry.

Rolling Stone
Vocally, Tinashe is probably more musically adept than half of the artists she emulates. But she won't truly carve out her own space until she figures out who she is.
FLOOD Magazine

Tinashe is confident and proud here, but at the end of thirty-six minutes there doesn’t seem to be a clear understanding of who she is; she’s not undefinable in a liberating sense, but rather in one that feels unoriented.


Overall Joyride does not deliver on its potential.

Under The Radar

Joyride feels like an album that has had anything adventurous about it focussed-grouped away and its hints at conceptual ambition are quickly abandoned after the opening two tracks for run-of-the-mill R&B.

If someone deserves an award for perseverance, it's Tinashe; because, it's not a good sign if you need to hire a team of lawyers to force your record label to let you release your album after a three year battle. It's no secret that during the creation of this album, a clash of vision between artist and label occurred, and musically, this album suffers because of it. Tinashe's 'Joyride' was released in April 2018 after being announced to be originally slated for release in late 2015. Between ... read more
Esse álbum exala excelência pura, não tem simplesmente NADA que possa ser criticado nele.
Tinashe's Sophomore album is finally out and that's enough reason to be happy. Compared to her previous releases, it's a lot weaker but I appreciate what it's meant to be. The car and journey metaphors sprinkled on a lot of the tracks + the general feel good vibe of the tracks means it's meant to be a fun album and she definitely has a fun, short and sweet album. For me ALL the features made their respective tracks weaker except fro Ty on Me So Bad though French Montana makes up for that with a ... read more
This album is being built as her worst. I don't know why. It's tighter, more concise, ambitious in terms of sound. I can see the electronic parts as somewhat of a turnoff but that's it. Underrated
Joyride- 7,4
No Drama- 7,8
He don't want It- 7
Ooh la la- 7,5
Me So Bad- 8
Stuck With Me- 7
Salt- 7
Faded Love- 7,6
No contest- 7,2
Fires and Flames- 7,4

Final Concept: 73 points
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Track List

  1. Keep Your Eyes On the Road (Intro)
  2. Joyride
  3. No Drama (feat. Offset)
  4. He Don't Want It
  5. Ooh La La
  6. Me So Bad (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & French Montana)
  7. Ain't Good For Ya (Interlude)
  8. Stuck With Me (feat. Little Dragon)
  9. Go Easy On Me (Interlude)
  10. Salt
  11. Faded Love (feat. Future)
  12. No Contest
  13. Fires and Flames
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