by TinasheTinashe


There was a point before the release of Joyride when the trajectory of Tinashe's music career appeared to be tracing that of Cassie. Tinashe had the platinum debut single with "2 On," a solid parent album, and waning momentum after relatively minor chart success with the follow-up singles. The situation worsened as the arrival of Joyride was delayed and a tour was consequently scrapped. By the time RCA matched Tinashe with labelmate Chris Brown for a non-album single in 2015 -- the year she planned to release Joyride -- it was evident that the singer and her label weren't on the same page. Two more years passed, during which Tinashe offered the stopgap commercial mixtape Nightride. A third and final version of Joyride was finally completed and released in April 2018. Remarkably, it bears no signs of a tough birth, even with the knowledge that the lead song -- the title track -- had been sold to Rihanna, unbeknown to Tinashe, who eventually bought it back. Sung in a lower register with a slightly devilish lilt, and further distinguished by Hit-Boy's slightly abrasive drums, "Joyride" simultaneously sounds like a fit for Rihanna and a striking way for Tinashe to begin her second proper album. The track ends with strings to neatly segue into the trap-styled "No Drama," where she takes a quick jab at those who have belittled her. It's one of two collaborations with Stargate, the lone full-track production holdovers from Aquarius. The other one, the bounding, bittersweet "Faded Love," features Future. Apart from the presence of those figures and some fleeting sourness, Tinashe keeps it moving with new studio support and another batch of compositions that cover romantic highs and lows. There are some missteps -- a tropical-flavored pop number that sounds a couple years late and easily forgettable, and the usage of grating bed-spring squeaks throughout the otherwise fine "Ooh La La." Nothing here is bound to pass "2 On" in terms of popularity, but the highlights are filled with rich details and seductive hooks, heard at full power on the slow jams "He Don't Want It" and "No Contest." The smoldering, slightly bluesy "Salt" and sweetly aching piano ballad "Fires and Flames" -- two additional highlights -- invalidate all claims that Tinashe is one-dimensional.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2018
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888751849525
catalogNumber: 518495

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tinashe   Primary Artist
Ray Holton   Guitar
Matt Johnson   Keyboards
Peter Lee Johnson   Violin
Felix Snow   Bass,Voice Loop

Technical Credits

Todd Cooper   Engineer
Stargate   Producer
Amanda Ghost   Composer,Producer
Yukimi Nagano   Composer
Trevor Jerideau   Producer
Mark Ralph   Additional Production
Ray Holton   Composer
Sarah Hudson   Composer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Hit Boy   Producer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Tyrone Griffin   Composer
Hitmaka   Producer
T-Minus   Producer
Jeremy Felton   Composer
David Singer-Vine   Composer
Kenneth Coby   Composer
Bobby Brackins   Composer
Floyd Bentley   Composer,Producer
Tyler Williams   Composer
Brittany Coney   Composer
Drew Smith   Engineer
Noonie Bao   Composer
Chauncey Hollis   Composer
Karim Kharbouch   Composer
Clarence Coffee   Composer
Nayvadius Wilburn   Composer
Marcus Moore   Composer
Tom A.D. Fuller   Engineer
Felix Snow   Producer,Engineer
Allen Ritter   Composer,Producer
William Vanderheyden   Composer
Joel Compass   Composer,Producer
Jacques Webster   Composer
Andre Proctor   Composer
Anthony G. White   Composer
Denisia Andrews   Composer
Christopher Dotson   Composer
Tinashe   Producer,Engineer
Kiari Cephus   Composer
Sidnie Tipton   Composer
Tinashe Kachingwe   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Mike Nazzaro   Producer,Executive Producer
K Stewart   Composer
Sasha Sloan   Composer
Jocelyn a. Donald   Composer
Dre Moon   Producer
Mele Moore   Composer
Klenord Raphael   Composer
Kieran Lasker   Composer
Amber Park   Cover Art
Christian Ward   Composer
Simon "Blwyrmnd" Schranz   Composer,Producer
Montrell "Wavy" Martinez   Composer,Producer
Ali Nazzaro   Producer
Clare Gillen   Packaging
Mayila Caieme Marie Jones   Composer
Chelsea Davenport   Composer
Mario Lucciano   Composer,Producer
Sayyid McDonald   Composer
Youth Wilde   Composer

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