Tinashe
Aquarius


2.0
poor

Review

by DropdeadWHA USER (41 Reviews)
October 1st, 2014 | 18 replies


Release Date: 10/03/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Treading water.

In the last few years R&B has made a massive comeback, with the likes of Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Miguel, Jhene Aiko, and even this years heavyweight, FKA Twigs. This particular strain of R&B is dark (in some cases), dense in sound and sensual. All the artists above have carved their own niche and have managed to deliver their own sound. As we approach the fall, another artist comes forth to bear the fruits of her labour, this artist is known as Tinashe. She isn't a household name, nor is she 'unknown'. Having released three mixtapes prior, she's about to release her debut album, Aquarius.

Where to begin" Well, Aquarius is a confusing listen and I mean, seriously head scratching. The whole experience is just uncomfortable and there are two big reasons for this. She lacks character. If I hadn't of listened to her prior work before Aquarius, I'd have no idea who Tinashe is, as a musician and what she represents. Which is completely logical, right" After listening to Aquarius, I'm still none the wiser. I couldn't honestly tell you what she's trying to achieve with her music either. It isn't due to her being enigmatic or abstract, it's a lack of substance. The first example of this, is her voice. Her performance is flawless, it's as beautiful as they come, she can be seductive, fierce and completely ethereal at the same time. However, she sounds like she's trying too hard to be someone else (the first name that pops to mind is, Aaliyah) and because of this it's just bizarre, it doesn't feel natural at all, there's no identity, no real...you guessed it...character- just a voice. Even the song content is so symmetrical to other artists work, very few of the songs on this LP have a distinct message. This presents a big problem, because with any musician they 'generally' have their own identity, something that makes them known for being themselves but with Tinashe it seems she's simply borrowing from her peers and inspirations, not carving her own path. She doesn't even do it in a inconspicuous manner, it's brazen, like staring into a UV light, you can't miss it.

Of course you could say, artists in the same genre share similar inspirations, musical idols and so forth, this is completely true but for the most part (and particularly with the artists I've previously mentioned) it doesn't stop them from crafting something that's very much their own. It doesn't just apply to the vocal aspect, it goes deeper than that, right to the core of the record- the sound. Tinashe takes the sensual, takes the Top 100-lite, the moody atmospheres, the West Coast vibes. The point is she's taken it all and just splashed it out on a musical canvas, and Aquarius is what we have. Now, sonically Aquarius is a smooth, varied ride, but I've heard the same synth, the same rumbling bass all before, and it causes such a conflicted experience. Rather than sitting there trying to enjoy what she, as a musician has presented, my brain is rattling off a check-list of a 'who's, who'.

Essentially, Tinashe is a sum of all her influences, which is fine and commonplace but she lacks the execution to create something that isn't so heavily influenced to the point of Déja vu and at the same time any true artistry has been buried beneath. Aquarius is a prime example of that, it isn't necessarily bad in the sense of the music, it has some great songs but as a whole it just doesn't feel genuine, and the content of her music needs to be or it just won't float. This is a challenge for any artist, let alone someone who's releasing their debut album. What makes the whole situation more frustrating is she has a lot of potential. With Aquarius, Tinashe tried to succeed by creating something that represents her, but after all is said and done, it leaves the question, how much is really her"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DropdeadWHA
October 1st 2014


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album comes out next week, here's a stream: http://uk.complex.com/music/2014/09/tinashe-aquarius-album-stream I expected so much more.

Brostep
Emeritus
October 1st 2014


4314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

since I don't have time to read the rev right now is this way worse than 2 On because that song slays so hard

DropdeadWHA
October 1st 2014


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I didn't like 2 On haha, so. It's a mix and match of styles, though.

HolidayKirk
October 1st 2014


1722 Comments


Without mentioning a single song this review suffers greatly from telling and not showing.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2014


15610 Comments


okay so i love "2 on" but was expecting that to be standalone but i listened to whatever songs are produced by dj dahi and boi-1da last night and they seemed -really- really good, definitely going to check this out

Brostep
Emeritus
October 1st 2014


4314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

streaming via iTunes Radio for all you US peeps



already in love within a minute

PappyMason
October 1st 2014


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A good read - the review would benefit from mentioning some of the songs though.

I might have a listen to the stream later...

Dunpeal
October 1st 2014


4167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i would suck a wet fart out of her ass. that is all

DropdeadWHA
October 4th 2014


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That is grim. Yeah, the only reason I didn't write about any songs in particular is I was just feeling let down by the record when I was writing the review, and I was just frustrated. Probably should of cooled and edited, then posted. Oh well. Thanks guys.

Chrisjon89
October 9th 2014


3833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"That is grim" lol



dig it a lot more than you did. i'd listen again. not a huge fan of R&B either. the recent 'resurgence' is nice but to me it owes a lot to production and little to memorable melodies/song writing



liked it more than the Jhene Aiko album, based mainly on vocals. less than the Banks album. didn't care too much for the rap features, especially seeing as they're all basically in succession.

Monstar1790
October 13th 2014


164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Harsh score.

DropdeadWHA
December 31st 2014


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No sir. Not at all. An honest score on my part...

Dunpeal
December 31st 2014


4167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you guys srsly woudln't suck a wet fart out of her ass? madness

Relinquished
December 31st 2014


36780 Comments


have some fucking dignity for yourself

Cygnatti
December 31st 2014


32218 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Honestly debating on whether or not this is worth listening to.

Digging: Mortiferum - Altar of Decay

Relinquished
December 31st 2014


36780 Comments


t/t is pretty decent

Brostep
Emeritus
December 31st 2014


4314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

2 on, all hands on deck, pretend, bated breath, t/t all slay

Dunpeal
December 31st 2014


4167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

have some fucking dignity for yourself






quite right ol' chap



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