Tinashe - Aquarius
Sep 7, 2019 (updated Sep 7, 2019)
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Balancing rhythmic radio-ready hits and murky alternative R&B slow burners on her debut album, Tinashe leaves the listener entertained for all eighteen tracks. Even the basement-party ready bangers such as "2 On" and "How Many Times" don't clash with the gloomy and atmospheric "Bet", which enlists a powerful guitar solo from Devonté Hynes. The pop-tinged "Pretend" which features A$AP Rocky fits right in as well. Evolving the sounds of the mixtapes she once wrote and produced in her bedroom, 'Aquarius' is a brave first step forward for the artist, sporting lyrical content of the pressure of the music industry, sex, regret, and fear. 'Aquarius' manages to bounce between pop sounds, and alternative and classic R&B sounds, while managing to sound cohesive and center around dark undertones. All of the interludes provide pleasant transitions from one track to the next, but range in style. "Deep in the Night" features a VCR-rip of a young Tinashe performing a song she wrote at a recital before transitioning into the bittersweet and vocally-stunning "Bated Breath", while the "Indigo Child" interlude provides an intense transition into the progressive-sounding "Far Side of the Moon". Throughout her entire debut album, Tinashe takes the listener on a trips of ups and downs, all the while coming into her own sound. Standout tracks include "Bet", "Cold Sweat", "Far Side of the Moon", "Feels Like Vegas", and "Bated Breath".
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