Aquarius

Aquarius

by Tinashe
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Overview

A showbiz kid by the age of three, Tinashe Kachingwe established her acting career in the 2000s, during which she had a recurring feature on the sitcom Two and a Half Men. She was briefly in a teen pop group, the Stunners, who once opened for Justin Bieber. After her group's 2011 split, Tinashe opted to go it alone with a low-key contemporary R&B sound. She cites The Velvet Rope as her favorite Janet Jackson album and seems to have learned from other mononymous R&B women who followed Jackson -- from Aaliyah to Cassie to Ciara -- yet she's too much her own artist to be dismissed as a sound-alike. Aquarius, released after some profile-raising mixtapes, is her first proper album, issued on major label RCA. She has garnered enough clout and a recording budget to benefit from collaborations with producers Mike WiLL, DJ Mustard, StarGate, and Boi-1da, along with guest appearances by ScHoolboy Q, Future, and A$AP Rocky. Mostly low-lit, slinking in tempo, and stitched together with several interludes, its obvious touchstones seem to be The Velvet Rope and the 1993 album that preceded it, though it's a track from 1986's Control, "Funny How Time Flies," that is used as the basis for "How Many Times." It's one of many bedroom slow jams that reward repeated listening. They're all laced with small details, subtle twists, and gradual intensification, exemplified by "Cold Sweat," a ballad seemingly composed with a group of at least four members in mind for its array of vocals. Compared to Christina Aguilera, another mentioned inspiration, Tinashe's voice is almost always quiet and soft, yet her ability is considerable, and she packs a wide variety of approaches. Another indicator of potential here is that she is listed first as the co-writer of all but one of the songs.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2014
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888430947528
catalogNumber: 309475
Rank: 53525

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tinashe   Primary Artist
Mike Taylor   Background Vocals
Devonté Hynes   Guitar
Blood Diamonds   Keyboards
Roscoe Dash   Background Vocals
DJ Dahi   Keyboards
Donna Missal   Background Vocals
Sean Knotty   Drums

Technical Credits

A+   Producer
Terry Lewis   Composer
Maureen McDonald   Composer
James Harris   Composer
Redwine   Producer
Brent Reynolds   Composer
Stargate   Producer
Sean Paul Henriques   Composer
Michael Jarrett   Composer
Trevor Jerideau   Producer
Osinachi Nwaneri   Composer,Producer
Delano Thomas   Composer
Legacy   Producer
Lyrica Anderson   Composer
Miles Walker   Engineer
Jasper Cameron   Composer,Producer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Programming,Engineer,Instrumentation
Order   Producer
Blood Diamonds   Programming,Producer
Cezar Cunningham   Composer
Detail   Producer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
Kalenna Harper   Composer
Boi-1DA   Producer
noel fisher   Composer
Julie Slick   Instrumentation
Michael Tucker   Composer
Michel Heyaca   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Bobby Brackins   Composer
Matthew Samuels   Composer
Craig Serani Marsh   Composer
Dijon McFarlane   Composer,Producer
Jon Redwine   Composer
DJ Dahi   Programming,Producer
Stephen Hybicki   Engineer
Michael L. Williams   Composer
Daniela Rivera   Engineer
Ritz Reynolds   Producer,Engineer
Dominic Angelella   Instrumentation
Nayvadius Wilburn   Composer
Mike WiLL Made It   Producer
Asheton Hogan   Composer
Evian Christ   Producer
Bebe Rexha   Composer
Joshua Scruggs   Composer
Syk Sense   Producer
Quincy Hanley   Composer
Rakim Mayers   Composer
Cashmere Cat   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Marley Waters   Producer
Dacoury Natche   Composer
Rasool Diaz   Composer
Steven Marsden   Composer
Brian Soko   Composer
Andre Proctor   Composer
Magnus August Höiberg   Composer
Tinashe   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Matt Parad   Composer
Jaime Velez   Engineer
Donna Missal   Composer
Brendon Waters   Composer
Jeffrey Johnson   Composer
Tinashe Kachingwe   Composer,Lyricist
Sean Knotty   Composer
Mike Nazzaro   Producer,Executive Producer
Hector Delgado   Vocal Engineer

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