American singer Tinashe has released the deluxe edition of her fifth studio album and tenth overall project ‘333’.
“333” was originally released independently through her own label Tinashe Music on August 6, 2021. The project features collaborations with Jeremih, Kaytranada, Kaash Paige, Absolutely, Wax Motif, Buddy, Channel Tres, and Tinashe’s brothers Quiet Child and Kudzai.
The album’s title itself is an allusion to the angel number 333 associated with messages from the divine of protection, love, and destiny.
Regarding the title selection, Tinashe commented that “I named it 333 because I really felt like I was on the right path, in alignment with what I was meant to do.I just wanted to acknowledge that.”
333 received critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 84 based on five reviews, indicating “universal acclaim”.
Clash Music called the album a “a sparkling display of personal evolution” and despite not being a radically innovative record, it is coherent with “artful production”, and “never having a dull moment”. They also praised Tinashe’s vocals as “faultless as ever” with “rap-like cadences.”
Giving four out of five stars, NME said 333 “furthers the 28-year-old’s narrative of being whatever she wants to be musically”. The album also “gives off the same energy as Tinashe’s early mixtapes such as Black Water and In Case We Die, reminding us of the singular artist that [she] is and always has been.”
Pitchfork named 333 her best work to date, stating it as a “showcase for her omnivorous tastes and supremely light touch. Tinashe’s voice glides through much of the record as if she’s smirking at a private joke. Ultimately, it’s that breezy, impish spirit that most distinguishes 333 and its predecessor from her RCA albums.”
AllMusic claimed that “333 sees the singer truly settling into independence. There’s a near surplus of the breathy slow jams and midtempo cuts that roll and skitter like the tracks on which she built her reputation. Each one of those songs uniquely tweaks the approach to make it sound fresh.”
Stereogum said Tinashe spends most of the album “sliding across an eclectic landscape of sounds, centered on fluttery impressionistic R&B but just as likely to veer into neon arena anthems (the Stargate-produced ‘The Chase’), undulating synth-pop (‘Undo (Back To My Heart)’ with Wax Motif), breathless dance-adjacent hip-hop (the Buddy collab ‘Pasadena’), or darkly spacious slow jams (the Kaash Paige duet ‘Angels’).”
333 Deluxe includes the new tracks:
- Something Like a Heartbreak
- Woke Up Blessed (Feat. Christian Blue)
- HMU for a Good Time (Feat. Channel Tres)