On the surface, Tinashe has always seemed to check all of the boxes for things one would need to become a star in music, but for whatever reason she’s never really been able to breakout. Maybe it’s because she’s always felt like a diet-Rihanna industry plant, maybe it’s because her sound has never really evolved, maybe it’s something else, I’m not sure, but whatever the case may be, I’ve always “liked” most of the stuff she’s put out it’s just never really left a lasting impact. It’s a feeling that continues on Joyride where yes, she does have a nice voice and yes there are a fair amount of head nodding pop numbers, but once again it was an experience that left me feeling largely indifferent. It checks all the boxes for what a pop album should have but misses out on the soul and personality needed to make it really stand out.
Despite the clear similarities to Amy Winehouse, Kali Uchis' music stands on it's own and it's a brilliant exploration of blues, funk, soul, R&B, and latin sounds, which she maneuvers through with impressive ease. Isolation is a breathtaking debut and a statement piece that shows she might just be music's next big thing.
Overall, Platinum Fire is just a really smooth, vibe heavy listen throughout and although it doesn't stray too far from typical R&B tropes, it's a really impressive debut that warrants people's attention and has made Arin Ray a name I'll be looking out for in the future.
MEMORIES DON'T DIE feels like it fell to the problem most artists face going into their sophomore albums. What do you talk about after you've put your entire life's experiences into your debut? It's a difficult problem and one that Tory Lanez was unable to solve, resulting in a largely unmemorable album, despite the immense amount of musical talent he possesses.
“It feels like I’ve been fightin’ in a war
And I don’t know what the fuck I’m fightin’ for
Darlin’, you said, “Forever’s a fool’s game”
I played along and watched you make your bed
While somehow pretendin’ this would never end”
Have you heard Joyride? What’d you think about it? Did you find it to be rather generic pop? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Tinashe – Joyride Reaction
Yes, Tinashe does have a nice voice and yes there are a fair amount of head nodding pop numbers, but once again it was an experience that left me feeling largely indifferent. It checks all the boxes for what a pop album should have but misses out on the soul and personality needed to make it really stand out.