H.E.R. is having quite a year. The Bay Area-based vocalist has already picked up a Grammy Award for 2020 single "I Can't Breathe" and an Oscar for Judas and the Black Messiah track "Fight for You," while managing to squeeze in a Super Bowl national anthem performance in the middle of these momentous milestones. Whether it was showcasing her vocal range or the socially conscious depth of her songwriting, H.E.R.
The best song on Back of My Mind, H.E.R.'s debut full-length, is the first one. On "We Made It," over a glimmering sample moving in reverse, the singer and guitarist nimbly hits swirls of falsetto notes, sing-songy raps, and full-on wails--the only time she does so on the album. There's a gnarly ….
California's own H.E.R. has made each step count. The careful creator first won attention back in 2017, and while the industry's clamour for immediacy has grown ever louder, she's done things her own way. 'Back Of My Mind' is her long-awaited debut album, and it's certainly utilised her time well - finely contoured, carefully finessed, it utilises R&B as its starting point while yearning towards a broader sense of soul that is curiously more universal, while becoming yet more personal.