written by: Carla Bynum
Some may recognize Tinashe as a member of the now defunct girl group The Stunners, but she wants to reinvent herself and prove that she has grown up.
Tinashe, who was born on February 6, starts the album with an ode to Aquarius’. She warns listeners that it’s a new age, the age of the Aquarius on the album’s title track.
British singer Devonté Hynes joins Tinashe on the sensual track “Bet,” a song about a relationship that’s on fire. She hopes the rain will come to cool the tension in the relationship. Despite the issues taking place between her and her lover, she promises she’ll always be by his side.
Tinashe embraces her sexy side on the song “How Many Times,” where she wonders how many times her and her lover can make love in one night. She wants to make his dreams come true in the bedroom. The song unnecessarily features rapper/singer Future.
On the album’s first interlude “What is there to lose,” Tinashe ponders “What is reality? What is the truth if truth is subjective? In a world so overcome with hatred and greed, what is there to lose? In love?”
“Pretend” is the album’s second single and was released on August 22. Harlem-rapper A$AP Rocky joins Tinashe on the Detail-produced track about being in a relationship with somebody and instead of facing the problems in the relationship, you pretend everything is perfect.
The old Tinashe is dead and gone on the track “All Hands on Deck.” Her ex took the last bit of love she had, now she’s trying to find someone else to fill the empty void in her heart.
The album’s second interlude “Indigo Child” references the notion that indigo children are believed to possess unusual and sometimes supernatural traits and abilities.
Tinashe realizes she is holding on to something that isn’t there anymore on the song “Far Side of the Moon.” She starts to believe that happily ever after is fiction and she’s ready to leave him for good.
She feels like giving her man a show on the sexy song “Feels Like Vegas,” which was produced by Stargate. She wants her man to show her what he wants her to make love to him. She loses herself in the hypnotizing flashing lights as she performs for her man. Roscoe Dash makes an appearance on the hook.
Tinashe boasts about her love making skills on the track “Thug Cry.” Her love and love making can make a thug cry.
On the next song, she is waiting for the perfect time to give herself to her guy while he’s waiting for her to let him love her wholeheartedly. He’s waiting with “Bated Breath,” which means that he is nervously holding his breath, anxious of what could happen.
Tinashe and her man are going through some things on the track “Wildfire.” She can remember when everything seemed perfect but now he’s like poison running through her veins. While she wants to leave him, she can’t understand how he can give up on their love so easily.
The album concludes with the outro “The Storm.”
While Tinashe may be trying to redefine herself as a solo artist and find out what style works best for her, Aquarius is a pleasant surprise. Some may not know what to expect from her musically but she has an eclectic style that is sure to appeal to a variety of audiences and widen her fanbase.
Recommended Tracks: “Far Side of the Moon,” “Feels Like Vegas,” “Bated Breath,” “Wildfire”