Tinashe - Joyride
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Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #646 / 716
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Based on 186 ratings
2018 Ratings: #618
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.

I wouldn't go as far as saying this is a bad album but save from a few tracks (Salt and Ooh La La), this album falls into either mediocrity or whatever is cool just now: there are no truly abysmal moments but it's not uncommon to find yourself tuning out due to lacklustre production or tacked on features.
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
She certainly has the guts to enter the very competitive, pop joyride but on the other hand she spent most of her charm on trivial details that abstacted her from achieving the best result.
"Joyride" é um álbum comercial, mas é o mais harmonioso, maduro e focado de Tinashe. A produção é ótima, as colaborações são boas e a atmosfera dessa produção não poderia ser melhor.
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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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