I Used To Know Her - The LP for H.E.R.'s 2019 release is an RnB gem.
I view H.E.R. as the modern day Lauryn Hill. Quite the compliment, I know, but she deserves it & her music sticks out like a sore thumb.
I appreciate this album is a compilation, so most, if not all, of the songs are familiar, yet, I believe they still require highlighting, as they are extremely listenable and noteworthy.
Gabriella Wilson is H.E.R.’s real name and she released her first single back in 2004, Something to Prove. H.E.R. later re-emerged in 2016 with a more defined direction and image & has been growing as an artist ever since.
I Used To Know Her LP consists of 19 songs & in my opinion, there’s a lot of ‘playlist adding’ tracks to be had, which is always great news. I’m listening to H.E.R.’s LP as I write this review, and the song that’s currently in my ears is ‘Pulling Me Back’. It’s soft, gentle, yet meaningful and sincere. ‘Racks’ ft. YBN Cordae, has a lot of attitude, but in a good way. Nothing about H.E.R.’s music is obnoxious, in fact, it’s very radio friendly and incredibly commercial. ‘Could’ve Been’ ft Bryson Tiller is an excellent song and feature. I’m not certain if H.E.R. writes all of the songs or not, but that’s definitely one thing that carries it’s way through all of the music. The lyrics are very, very well written. Yes, having a good or great voice is important, but never underestimate the power of words. If H.E.R. was talking about things that didn’t rhyme, make sense or have any kind of message/meaning, etc. then regardless of her recognisable tone, you would be quick to forget what you’ve just heard.
H.E.R. is only 22 years old & is already on the rise to global stardom. She has a polished image, a well liked singing voice and her guitar dominant backing tracks have really captured the attention of a wider audience than most within this genre. Dare I say it, but an essence of ‘Country’ in some of her songs comes across. There’s also lots of soul, but I think it’s the combination of her styles that make her appealing to the global listeners. Whatever the case, when you’ve got it, then you’ve got it & if you’re determined to keep making great music, there’s no doubt you will succeed within the music industry.
I Used To Know Her LP is a great listen & I highly recommend it. It’s filled to the brim of excellent songs & if you’re a lover of RnB, then H.E.R.’s compilation will surely give you that fix you so desperately desire.