AOTY 2019

Joyride

Tinashe - Joyride
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #664 / 736
User Score
Based on 249 ratings
2018 Ratings: #750
April 13, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME

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.

80
AllMusic

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

70
Exclaim!

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.

70
Highsnobiety

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.

68
Pitchfork

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.

60
The Independent

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

60
The Guardian

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

60
The Observer

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

60
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.
60
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.

50
musicOMH

Overall Joyride does not deliver on its potential.

50
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.

Tsareena
70
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
FrankWelch
82
Tinashe knows how to make me move my body, for dancing or sensualizing. This album gives me full energy, charges me up. I'm not the greatest R&B listener, but her "alternative R&B" is just for me. I love it. I just wish Ride of Your Life, Company, Throw a Fit, Like I Used To and Party Favors could be on this album that would be even more perfect. The only track that I have complains about is Fires and Flames because as a ballad, fails to touch my soul and heart. But I dance ... read more
goncalocouto
68
A consistent album that has the identity of Tinashe and, at the same time, has everything that is at the top nowadays. Good!

✅ Joyride | Ooh La La | Me So Bad | Faded Love | Fires and Flames
AZIZ
78
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
tha138
65
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.
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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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