Cover image for H.E.R. [compact disc] / H.E.R.
H.E.R. [compact disc] / H.E.R.
Publication Information:
[New York, New York] : RCA, [2019]

℗2016, ℗2017, ©2019
Physical Description:
1 audio disc (72 min.) : CD audio, stereo ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Title from disc label.

Songs co-written by H.E.R.

Selections previously released as EPs: H.E.R., Vol. 1 in 2016, and H.E.R., Vol. 2 in 2017.

Credits printed on container insert.
Losing Avenue Let me in Lights on Say it again Facts Focus U Every kind of way Best part Changes Jungle Free Rather be 2 Hopes up Still down Wait for it Pigment Gone away I won't
The full-length debut from singer-songwriter H.E.R. was released digitally back in October 2017 and earned five Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist.


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Home Location
GEN HER Music CD Adult Music CD

On Order



Merciful omission of the Chris Brown-assisted "Focus" remix aside, this contains the entirety of Gabi Wilson's first three anonymously presented EPs -- H.E.R., Vol. 1, H.E.R., Vol. 2, and the oddly titled H.E.R., Vol 2: The B Sides -- originally issued during a 13-month period. Roughly similar in quality and makeup, each one of the short-form releases strongly emphasizes Wilson's specialization in vulnerable yet assured ballads and slow jams. On the surface, they verge on low-lit mood music, but deep listening reveals a little more sonic, melodic, and lyrical substance than the average set from Wilson's commercial R&B peers. As a listening experience, these 21 songs therefore are effective more in their original configurations than in this resequenced 72-minute clump. No matter how it's packaged or consumed, there's zero doubt that Wilson and her fellow writers and producers -- most prominently DJ Camper and Swagg R'celious, who take on over half of the co-production credits -- made a large quantity of subtly stimulating contemporary R&B within a short timeframe. Wilson, consistently understated, gracefully wraps her voice around each beat, whether it snakes with trap-style percussion or surges and stammers like a late-'90s Timbaland track stuck in honey. With only slight variations in her voice, she evokes states ranging from vexation to desire, and there's never any uncertainty in what is being put across. It all sounds like the work of a savvy veteran. ~ Andy Kellman