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Tinashe Breaks Through on ‘333 (Deluxe)’

28-year-old Tinashe has dominated the r&b scene since 2014. Her sound has evolved with her, and now that she’s released her fifth album (and second independently) 333, fans are raving over her stylistic choices.

A Variety of Genres

Tinashe stepped into the music scene with 2014’s Aquarius, which featured the likes of Future and ScHoolboy Q. The album perfectly blended r&b with soul and hip-hop, and firmly cemented her as an artist to watch. Since then, Tinashe has created albums that incorporate a range of genres, and 333 is the most notable example.

 A Cohesive Collection

333 is an intoxicating combination of soul, r&b, pop, and alternative. “Pasadena”, which features Buddy, is a pop-synth triumph. “Last Call,” however, is a moody, somber r&b track with stellar vocals. And yet, with every song owning a unique sound, 333 is her most cohesive collection yet.

333 (Deluxe) is Masterful

Last week, Tinashe released 333 (Deluxe), which added four new tracks to the masterful album. Tinashe returns to her roots on “Something Like a Heartbeat,” as she floats over a mellow, synth melody. Notably, there is no other song on the album that sounds like it, and yet it feels so familiar. With lyrics like “Feel it in the stomach, something like a heartbreak/ Thankful that you cracked me open (open) / Now I’m finally growing / I’m a new woman, holding onto hope, not hopeless,” Tinashe seems to be reborn with these added tracks.

Stand-Out Track

“HMU for a Good Time” featuring Channel Tres is the hyper-pop dance scape of dreams. Tinashe and Channel Tres are seductive and smooth. The track, as with the rest of 333 (Deluxe), is absolutely worth a listen. The r&b veteran breaks through every genre norm possible; “HMU for a Good Time” is yet another demonstration of her versatile style.

Confidence and Power

333 (Deluxe) also includes “Naturally”, a swinging r&b track with her silky falsettos as the focal point. “Woke Up Blessed” is an ode to her own power, perseverance, and confidence. She blends r&b and rap into one impressive track.

What do you think of Tinashe’s 333 (Deluxe) album? Let us know in the comments!

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