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77%
Maxwell Cavaseno
Keeps you hungry for more
The latest mixtape by Tinashe finds us sifting through an interesting blend of familiar singles, new experiments and strange sounds in anticipation of her next album. Ultimately a mixed blend, there's plenty to enjoy and hints at new exciting directions and a growing skill as a songwriter.
103
79%
Danny Schwartz
The quiet before the storm -- of hot sex
"Nightride" might be the most sexual release since dvsn's "Sept. 5th." With breathy vocals and suggestive lyrics, Tinashe successfully articulates not sexual climax but sexual desire, the moment before the moment of reckoning. She sings from behind a black, silken wall of sound and invites the listener to pull back the curtain.
112
84%
Angus Walker
Mixtape Queen
Tinashe has the talent to be a superstar, though is that where we want her? The songs on “Nightride” will be intoxicating to those who’ve followed Tinashe through “Black Water” -- her excellent 2013 mixtape, “Aquarius” -- her surprisingly eclectic debut album, and last year’s “Amethyst” mixtape, which was -- in true mixtape form -- sprawling, experimental, and ultimately very enjoyable. “Nightride” is twice as long as “Amethyst,” and though there’s not much on it that will garner as much attention as the already released singles, the “Joyride” precursor is one of Tinashe’s most fascinating projects yet. There aren’t bold concepts behind the individual songs, and the tenuous narrative of “Nightride” is just that -- a night with Tinashe, which (unsurprisingly) turns out to be a deeply immersive experience. It’s incredibly sexy throughout, though there’s always a sense of enigma about where her head’s at. Perhaps that’s why she’s less of a pop darling than her label might have coveted, but it’s also exactly why her music is better than most every pop star whom she’s competing with. I found “Nightride” to present her as something of a female counterpart to Jeremih -- able to make a great sex song without ever getting into the explicit details, simply letting all of her desires, both the subtle ones and those that are more obviously carnal, simmer through the tone of her vocals. Like Jeremih’s famous “Late Nights” mixtape, “Nightride” isn’t meant to be an album, but that doesn’t take away from its replay value. Tinashe might just be the mixtape queen of R&B.
192
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Trevor Smith
JOYRIDE's prelude favors mood over hits
Tinashe has spent the past year searching for a hit single, so the arrival of NIGHTRIDE as an uncompromising nod to her mixtape work is as encouraging as it is surprising. Described as the first half of a double album (the second half being the long-awaited JOYRIDE), NR revisits the intimate bedroom music (both in recording and subject matter) of Tinashe's early material. While it lacks the big pop moments of Aquarius, Tinashe has fleshed out her darker side with meatier hooks, more dynamic vocals, and an acute attention to sequencing. It will surely play best as a companion piece to what should be a more upbeat side B, but still presents Tinashe for what she is better than any "hit" could -- an album artist.
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"Nightride" is the latest mixtape by R&B songstress Tinashe, in anticipation of her eventual sophomore album. It sounds like she's saved the hits for "Joyride," though "Nightride," free of constraints, is a showcase of her far-reaching skillset.

Tinashe's Aquarius, released over two years ago, stands as one of the most inspiring debut albums of the past few years, and it did well to cement singer/songwriter's place as one of the most promising rising artists in R&B. As the album balanced the more left-field realms of R&B and clubby pop sounds with relative ease, it was a daring record that played with convention and experimentation in a rarely effective manner. However, after a brief stop-gap mixtape (2015’s slight but satisfying Amethyst), Tinashe's singles have been met with surprisingly muted reception. Earlier this month, though fans were expecting her to release her long-awaited LP, Joyride, she dropped a surprise pre-release mixtape entitled Nightride to close out a bewildering 2016.  

A few of the records on Nightride, including "Party Favors," "Ride of Your Life," and "Company," are previously released singles, so the implication is that RCA didn't deem these songs ‘strong’ enough for Joyride, considering their lack of chart impact. On “Party Favors,” Tinashe seems to slither through a drug-corroded haze, sounding at times over the moon but also burnt out like a zapped bug. But for all of the delightfully creepy basement production from Canadian collaborators Boi-1da and Illangelo, unmistakably missing is the springy boost that Young Thug had given the original single with his guest verse and ad-libbing. “Company” stands out for its oddball 8-bit edge, but the record, composed by The-Dream, doesn’t seem anchored toward Tinashe’s strengths. However, the Metro Boomin-produced “Ride Of Your Life” strikes a hybrid of trap, R&B, and dancehall that Rihanna’s camp would’ve been eager to snatch up as a low-key follow-up to “Work." The knowledge that these are potentially Joyride "rejects" implies that Tinashe's debut album will be stacked with songs with even more hit potential, though what does it say about the quality about the rest of the material on Nightride

The mixtape opener, “Lucid Dreaming,” would have fit nicely on Aquarius with its foggy production. But the jazzy tinges of “Sunburn," both in Tinashe’s singing as well as the sampling of Dpat, make for an arrangement that sounds like Knxwledge got his hands on a vaulted Aaliyah demo. The gloomy edge of yet another Metro-produced gem, “Sacrifices,” sends Tinashe further down the rabbit hole, though she stays focused with a grit that makes the darkness sound ever so sexy. One of the most impactful songs is the Dev Hynes-helmed closer, "Ghetto Boy," an earnest record that, for all its lyrical simplicity, has a remarkably lush quality that demonstrates the angelic sincerity of Tinashe's voice.  

There are times when one can hear why a few of these songs weren't meant for Tinashe's next album. “Soul Glitch” is haunting in its claustrophobic production, clashing with Tinashe's painfully delicate vocal melodies -- but the song might alienate listeners who have been pre-geared to expect songs like "2 On" or "All Hands on Deck." Most strangely, “You Don’t Know Me” begins with a half-minute of backmasked vocals and contains particularly tinny sounding 808s that never seem to settle into a groove, offering plenty of experimentation but little sense of resolution.  

Nightride will be remembered less as a cohesive body of work and more as a transitionary project that hints at exciting developments that are sure to further unfold on JoyrideTinashe is still a captivating vocalist and songwriter with an ability to immerse herself in a myriad of musical styles that would overwhelm most artists. She builds an eclectic atmosphere that's not just suited to her own personality but also highly intriguing for her devoted listeners. Nightride proves that Tinashe is still evolving and that she's still just as formidable a prospect as she was after Aquarius. Now it's time for RCA to finally unleash Joyride, before it's too late. 

Tinashe's "Nightride" (Review)

 
80%

Editor rating

Golden: 4 Broken: 0
Unanimous

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97 votes
84 %

Editor Rating

77%
Maxwell Cavaseno Keeps you hungry for more
The latest mixtape by Tinashe finds us sifting through an interesting blend of familiar singles, new experiments and strange sounds in anticipation of her next album. Ultimately a mixed blend, there's plenty to enjoy and hints at new exciting directions and a growing skill as a songwriter.
103
79%
Danny Schwartz The quiet before the storm -- of hot sex
"Nightride" might be the most sexual release since dvsn's "Sept. 5th." With breathy vocals and suggestive lyrics, Tinashe successfully articulates not sexual climax but sexual desire, the moment before the moment of reckoning. She sings from behind a black, silken wall of sound and invites the listener to pull back the curtain.
112
84%
Angus Walker Mixtape Queen
Tinashe has the talent to be a superstar, though is that where we want her? The songs on “Nightride” will be intoxicating to those who’ve followed Tinashe through “Black Water” -- her excellent 2013 mixtape, “Aquarius” -- her surprisingly eclectic debut album, and last year’s “Amethyst” mixtape, which was -- in true mixtape form -- sprawling, experimental, and ultimately very enjoyable. “Nightride” is twice as long as “Amethyst,” and though there’s not much on it that will garner as much attention as the already released singles, the “Joyride” precursor is one of Tinashe’s most fascinating projects yet. There aren’t bold concepts behind the individual songs, and the tenuous narrative of “Nightride” is just that -- a night with Tinashe, which (unsurprisingly) turns out to be a deeply immersive experience. It’s incredibly sexy throughout, though there’s always a sense of enigma about where her head’s at. Perhaps that’s why she’s less of a pop darling than her label might have coveted, but it’s also exactly why her music is better than most every pop star whom she’s competing with. I found “Nightride” to present her as something of a female counterpart to Jeremih -- able to make a great sex song without ever getting into the explicit details, simply letting all of her desires, both the subtle ones and those that are more obviously carnal, simmer through the tone of her vocals. Like Jeremih’s famous “Late Nights” mixtape, “Nightride” isn’t meant to be an album, but that doesn’t take away from its replay value. Tinashe might just be the mixtape queen of R&B.
192
80%
Trevor Smith JOYRIDE's prelude favors mood over hits
Tinashe has spent the past year searching for a hit single, so the arrival of NIGHTRIDE as an uncompromising nod to her mixtape work is as encouraging as it is surprising. Described as the first half of a double album (the second half being the long-awaited JOYRIDE), NR revisits the intimate bedroom music (both in recording and subject matter) of Tinashe's early material. While it lacks the big pop moments of Aquarius, Tinashe has fleshed out her darker side with meatier hooks, more dynamic vocals, and an acute attention to sequencing. It will surely play best as a companion piece to what should be a more upbeat side B, but still presents Tinashe for what she is better than any "hit" could -- an album artist.
104

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"Nightride" is the latest mixtape by R&B songstress Tinashe, in anticipation of her eventual sophomore album. It sounds like she's saved the hits for "Joyride," though "Nightride," free of constraints, is a showcase of her far-reaching skillset.


Tinashe's Aquarius, released over two years ago, stands as one of the most inspiring debut albums of the past few years, and it did well to cement singer/songwriter's place as one of the most promising rising artists in R&B. As the album balanced the more left-field realms of R&B and clubby pop sounds with relative ease, it was a daring record that played with convention and experimentation in a rarely effective manner. However, after a brief stop-gap mixtape (2015’s slight but satisfying Amethyst), Tinashe's singles have been met with surprisingly muted reception. Earlier this month, though fans were expecting her to release her long-awaited LP, Joyride, she dropped a surprise pre-release mixtape entitled Nightride to close out a bewildering 2016.  

A few of the records on Nightride, including "Party Favors," "Ride of Your Life," and "Company," are previously released singles, so the implication is that RCA didn't deem these songs ‘strong’ enough for Joyride, considering their lack of chart impact. On “Party Favors,” Tinashe seems to slither through a drug-corroded haze, sounding at times over the moon but also burnt out like a zapped bug. But for all of the delightfully creepy basement production from Canadian collaborators Boi-1da and Illangelo, unmistakably missing is the springy boost that Young Thug had given the original single with his guest verse and ad-libbing. “Company” stands out for its oddball 8-bit edge, but the record, composed by The-Dream, doesn’t seem anchored toward Tinashe’s strengths. However, the Metro Boomin-produced “Ride Of Your Life” strikes a hybrid of trap, R&B, and dancehall that Rihanna’s camp would’ve been eager to snatch up as a low-key follow-up to “Work." The knowledge that these are potentially Joyride "rejects" implies that Tinashe's debut album will be stacked with songs with even more hit potential, though what does it say about the quality about the rest of the material on Nightride

The mixtape opener, “Lucid Dreaming,” would have fit nicely on Aquarius with its foggy production. But the jazzy tinges of “Sunburn," both in Tinashe’s singing as well as the sampling of Dpat, make for an arrangement that sounds like Knxwledge got his hands on a vaulted Aaliyah demo. The gloomy edge of yet another Metro-produced gem, “Sacrifices,” sends Tinashe further down the rabbit hole, though she stays focused with a grit that makes the darkness sound ever so sexy. One of the most impactful songs is the Dev Hynes-helmed closer, "Ghetto Boy," an earnest record that, for all its lyrical simplicity, has a remarkably lush quality that demonstrates the angelic sincerity of Tinashe's voice.  

There are times when one can hear why a few of these songs weren't meant for Tinashe's next album. “Soul Glitch” is haunting in its claustrophobic production, clashing with Tinashe's painfully delicate vocal melodies -- but the song might alienate listeners who have been pre-geared to expect songs like "2 On" or "All Hands on Deck." Most strangely, “You Don’t Know Me” begins with a half-minute of backmasked vocals and contains particularly tinny sounding 808s that never seem to settle into a groove, offering plenty of experimentation but little sense of resolution.  

Nightride will be remembered less as a cohesive body of work and more as a transitionary project that hints at exciting developments that are sure to further unfold on JoyrideTinashe is still a captivating vocalist and songwriter with an ability to immerse herself in a myriad of musical styles that would overwhelm most artists. She builds an eclectic atmosphere that's not just suited to her own personality but also highly intriguing for her devoted listeners. Nightride proves that Tinashe is still evolving and that she's still just as formidable a prospect as she was after Aquarius. Now it's time for RCA to finally unleash Joyride, before it's too late. 

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