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The two previous full-lengths from H.E.R. were well received, to say the least. Although they were welcomed with acclaim, high chart placements, a platinum certification (for the first one), and a slew of Grammy accolades (for both), H.E.R. has remained insistent that neither was her debut album, as each one compiled EPs and added bonus material. Presented as her true first LP, Back of My Mind plays out like an assemblage itself. It contains an EP worth of previously released material dating back almost two years, and there's enough content -- an amount exceeding that of each compilation -- to fill a compact disc to capacity. This begins with a triumphant exhalation in the form of "We Made It" and then slips into a dim and labyrinthine corridor of slow jams and ballads with the odd subtle switch-up. Along the way, there are more guests than necessary. While Ty Dolla $ign's street gospel support on the title song is a fine match, H.E.R. more often is too accommodating, most so on the Lil Baby meeting "Find a Way," where she drops de rigueur references to her bag, haters, and one of rap's most popular luxury cars. On a more discreet level, however, "Bloody Waters" -- a heady Kaytranada production tricked out with a delectable Thundercat bassline -- is a brilliant sequel of sorts to her Academy Award-winning "Fight for You," another career high point with shades of sociopolitical Marvin Gaye circa 1971 and 1972. A few other songs stick out from the surplus of confessionals, late-night yearnings, and conflicted discourse that drifts along over soft beds of gently strummed guitar and trap-styled boom-and-skitter. The platinum "Damage" transforms Herb Alpert's "Making Love in the Rain" (produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis with background vocals from Janet Jackson) from an expression of rapturous release to one of seductive threat. "Cheat Code" is like a follow-up chapter to wistful sample source "The Sweetest Thing" (fronted and co-written by Lauryn Hill); the lilt in H.E.R.'s voice on the hook hits like an unexpected jolt of grief. "Closer to Me" flips an aspirational early 2000s deep cut (by the undervalued Goapele) into a love song yearning for intimate repairment. Like "Bloody Waters," these standouts nod to an inspiration while being unmistakably H.E.R.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
We Made It
00:05:14

Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Carole Bayer Sager, Composer, Lyricist - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Miki Tsutsumi, Engineer - Omar Loya, Engineer - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - David Forster, Composer, Lyricist - flippa, Producer - Tiara Thomas, Composer, Lyricist - Ayanna Depas, Engineer - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Producer, Executive Producer - Alex Pyle, Assistant Engineer - Ronald "Flippa" Colson, Composer, Lyricist - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Jacob Richards, Assistant Engineer - Elijah Dias, Composer, Lyricist - Mike Seaberg, Assistant Engineer - DJ Riggins, Assistant Engineer - Darhyl "Hey DJ" Camper Jr., Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Back of My Mind
00:03:41

Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - flippa, Producer - Ty Dolla $ign, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ayanna Depas, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Producer, Executive Producer - Tyrone Griffin, Jr., Composer, Lyricist - Alex Pyle, Assistant Engineer - Ronald "Flippa" Colson, Composer, Lyricist - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Jacob Richards, Assistant Engineer - Mike Seaberg, Assistant Engineer - DJ Riggins, Assistant Engineer - Rafael Fai Bautista, Engineer - Brodie Means, Assistant Engineer - Darhyl "Hey DJ" Camper Jr., Composer, Lyricist - H.E.R. feat. Ty Dolla $ign, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Trauma
00:04:31

Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Hit-Boy, Producer - Tiara Thomas, Composer, Lyricist - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Executive Producer - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Cordae, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chauncey Hollis, Jr., Composer, Lyricist - Jacob Richards, Assistant Engineer - Mike Seaberg, Assistant Engineer - Cordae Dunston, Composer, Lyricist - DJ Riggins, Assistant Engineer - H.E.R. feat. Cordae, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Damage
00:03:47

TERRY LEWIS, Composer, Lyricist - Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - JAMES HARRIS, Composer, Lyricist - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Cardiak, Producer - Carl McCormick, Composer, Lyricist - Omar Loya, Engineer - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Jeff Gitelman, Composer, Lyricist - Tiara Thomas, Composer, Lyricist - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Executive Producer - Jeff "Gitty" Gitelman, Producer - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Anthony Clemons, Background Vocal - Jacob Richards, Assistant Engineer - Mike Seaberg, Assistant Engineer - DJ Riggins, Assistant Engineer - Anthony Clemons Jr., Composer, Lyricist - Isaac Wriston, Bass - Johnathan M. Smith, Keyboards - John Panos, Trumpet

(P) 2020 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Find A Way
00:03:17

MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixing Engineer - Dominique Jones, Composer, Lyricist - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Chris Galland, Mixing Engineer - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Tiara Thomas, Composer, Lyricist - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Executive Producer - Seandrea Sledge, Composer, Lyricist - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Scott Desmarais, Assistant Engineer - Lil Baby, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremie Inhaber, Assistant Engineer - Chidi Osondu, Composer, Lyricist - Brodie Means, Assistant Engineer - H.E.R. feat. Lil Baby, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Bloody Waters
00:04:20

Karriem Riggins, Composer, Lyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixing Engineer - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Chris Galland, Mixing Engineer - Pablo Batista, Percussion - Stephen Bruner, Composer, Lyricist - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Thundercat, Producer - Jeff Gitelman, Composer, Lyricist - Kaytranada, Producer, Engineer - Louis Kevin Celestin, Composer, Lyricist - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Executive Producer - Jeff "Gitty" Gitelman, Producer - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Scott Desmarais, Assistant Engineer - Latisha Twana Hyman, Composer, Lyricist - Jeremie Inhaber, Assistant Engineer - Brodie Means, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Closer To Me
00:04:06

Anthony Anderson, Composer, Lyricist - Goapele Mohlabane, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Aaberg, Composer, Lyricist - Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Kelvin Wooten, Composer, Lyricist - Cardiak, Producer - Carl McCormick, Composer, Lyricist - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Executive Producer - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Brittany Coney, Composer, Lyricist - Denisia "Blu June" Andrews, Composer, Lyricist - NOVA WAV, Producer - Jacob Richards, Assistant Engineer - Mike Seaberg, Assistant Engineer - DJ Riggins, Assistant Engineer - Wu10, Producer

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Come Through
00:03:34

Chris Brown, Composer, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Kelvin Wooten, Composer, Lyricist - Michael L. Williams II, Composer, Lyricist - Cardiak, Producer - Carl McCormick, Composer, Lyricist - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Patrizio Pigliapoco, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Tiara Thomas, Composer, Lyricist - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Executive Producer - Mike Will Made-It, Producer - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Jacob Richards, Assistant Engineer - Mike Seaberg, Assistant Engineer - DJ Riggins, Assistant Engineer - Wu10, Producer - H.E.R. feat. Chris Brown, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
My Own
00:03:39

Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Daniel Traynor, Composer, Lyricist - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Tiara Thomas, Composer, Lyricist - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Executive Producer - Grades, Producer - Scribz Riley, Producer - Mike "Scribz" Riley, Composer, Lyricist - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Jacob Richards, Assistant Engineer - Mike Seaberg, Assistant Engineer - DJ Riggins, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Lucky
00:03:03

Stacy Barthe, Composer, Lyricist - Dwayne "DW" Wright, Bass - Aaron Draper, Percussion - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - George "Spanky" McCurdy, Drums - Kevin Woods, Trumpet - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Ayanna Depas, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Producer, Executive Producer - Marc Scott, Trombone - Tim McClain, Mixing Engineer - Morning Estrada, Engineer - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Arnetta Johnson, Trumpet - Luke Witherspoon, Misc. Producer - Darhyl "Hey DJ" Camper Jr., Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Cheat Code
00:03:11

Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Kevin Woods, Trumpet - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Asa Taccone, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Matthew Compton, Strings - Julia Michaels, Composer, Lyricist - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Producer, Executive Producer - Marc Scott, Trombone - Tim McClain, Mixing Engineer - Lori Lechien, Background Vocal - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Arnetta Johnson, Trumpet - Reese Richardson, Guitar - Darhyl "Hey DJ" Camper Jr., Composer, Lyricist - Bernard "TreWay" Lambert, Drums - Alonzo "Lonnie" Smalls, Percussion

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Mean It
00:03:17

Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Jeff Gitelman, Composer, Lyricist - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Executive Producer - Tim McClain, Mixing Engineer - JProof, Keyboards - Jeff "Gitty" Gitelman, Producer - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Charles A. Hinshaw, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Paradise
00:02:37

Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Executive Producer - Brendan Walsh, Composer, Lyricist - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Bordeaux, Producer - Yung Bleu, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Biddle, Composer, Lyricist - Jacob Richards, Assistant Engineer - Mike Seaberg, Assistant Engineer - Luis Campozano, Composer, Lyricist - DJ Riggins, Assistant Engineer - Nonnative, Producer - H.E.R. feat. Yung Bleu, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
Process
00:03:54

Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Jeff Gitelman, Composer, Lyricist - flippa, Producer - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - Gamal "Lunchmoney" Lewis, Composer, Lyricist - DJ Camper, Producer, Executive Producer - Tim McClain, Mixing Engineer - Ronald "Flippa" Colson, Composer, Lyricist - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Priscilla "Priscilla Renea" Hamilton, Composer, Lyricist - Darhyl "Hey DJ" Camper Jr., Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
Hold On
00:03:22

Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Omar Loya, Engineer - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Tiara Thomas, Composer, Lyricist - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Executive Producer - Brendan Walsh, Composer, Lyricist - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Bordeaux, Producer - Jacob Richards, Assistant Engineer - Mike Seaberg, Assistant Engineer - Maxx Moore, Composer, Lyricist - Luis Campozano, Composer, Lyricist - DJ Riggins, Assistant Engineer - Nonnative, Producer

(P) 2020 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
Don't
00:04:01

Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Tiara Thomas, Composer, Lyricist - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Producer, Executive Producer - Darhyl "Hey DJ" Camper Jr, Composer, Lyricist - Tim McClain, Mixing Engineer - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod.

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

17
Exhausted
00:03:29

Rodney Jerkins, Composer, Lyricist - Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Producer - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Executive Producer - Steven J. Collins, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Tim McClain, Mixing Engineer - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Derek Keota, Recording Engineer - Nelson Bridges, Producer - Nelson "Keyz" Bridges, Composer, Lyricist - Vurdell "V. Script" Muller, Composer, Lyricist - Tito "Earcandy" Vasquez, Recording Engineer - Micah Petit, Recording Engineer

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

18
Hard To Love
00:04:02

Nasri Atweh, Composer, Lyricist - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Jeff Gitelman, Composer, Lyricist - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Executive Producer - Tim McClain, Mixing Engineer - Jeff "Gitty" Gitelman, Producer - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod.

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

19
For Anyone
00:03:54

Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Producer, Executive Producer - Darhyl "Hey DJ" Camper Jr, Composer, Lyricist - Tim McClain, Mixing Engineer - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Hue Strother, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

20
I Can Have It All
00:04:23

Gene Page, Composer, Lyricist - DJ Khaled, Producer, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixing Engineer - Anthony Cruz, Recording Engineer - Colin Leonard, Mastering Engineer - Chris Galland, Mixing Engineer - Robert Williams, Composer, Lyricist - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Nicholas Warwar, Composer, Lyricist - Dave Lewis, Composer, Lyricist - Khaled Khaled, Composer, Lyricist - Tiara Thomas, Composer, Lyricist - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Executive Producer - Bill Page, Composer, Lyricist - Bryson Tiller, Composer, Lyricist, Recording Engineer, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - STREETRUNNER, Producer - Tarik Azzouz, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Brittany Coney, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Desmarais, Assistant Engineer - Denisia "Blu June" Andrews, Composer, Lyricist - Maxime Breton, Programmer, Background Vocal - Juan "AyoJuan" Peña, Recording Engineer - Luis Bordeaux, Recording Engineer - Jeremie Inhaber, Assistant Engineer - H.E.R. feat. DJ Khaled & Bryson Tiller, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

21
Slide
00:03:56

Shawn Carter, Composer, Lyricist - Charles Carter, Composer, Lyricist - Roger Parker, Composer, Lyricist - Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - JERMAINE DUPRI, Composer, Lyricist - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Dee Brown, Recording Engineer - Miki Tsutsumi, Engineer - Waung Hankerson, Composer, Lyricist - YG, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Jones, Misc. Prod. - Cardo, Producer - Steven Arrington, Composer, Lyricist - Tiara Thomas, Composer, Lyricist - Jeff Robinson, Misc. Prod. - DJ Camper, Executive Producer - Ron LaTour, Composer, Lyricist - Alex Pyle, Assistant Engineer - H.E.R., Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Misc. Prod. - Ayana Depas, Assistant Engineer - Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, Composer, Lyricist - Jacob Richards, Assistant Engineer - Elijah Dias, Composer, Lyricist - Mario Luciano, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Leon McQuay III, Composer, Lyricist - Mike Seaberg, Assistant Engineer - Lou Carrao, Assistant Engineer - DJ Riggins, Assistant Engineer - Thurdi, Producer - Jabrile Hashim Williams, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar - H.E.R. feat. YG, AssociatedPerformer - H.E.R. & YG, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2019 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

The two previous full-lengths from H.E.R. were well received, to say the least. Although they were welcomed with acclaim, high chart placements, a platinum certification (for the first one), and a slew of Grammy accolades (for both), H.E.R. has remained insistent that neither was her debut album, as each one compiled EPs and added bonus material. Presented as her true first LP, Back of My Mind plays out like an assemblage itself. It contains an EP worth of previously released material dating back almost two years, and there's enough content -- an amount exceeding that of each compilation -- to fill a compact disc to capacity. This begins with a triumphant exhalation in the form of "We Made It" and then slips into a dim and labyrinthine corridor of slow jams and ballads with the odd subtle switch-up. Along the way, there are more guests than necessary. While Ty Dolla $ign's street gospel support on the title song is a fine match, H.E.R. more often is too accommodating, most so on the Lil Baby meeting "Find a Way," where she drops de rigueur references to her bag, haters, and one of rap's most popular luxury cars. On a more discreet level, however, "Bloody Waters" -- a heady Kaytranada production tricked out with a delectable Thundercat bassline -- is a brilliant sequel of sorts to her Academy Award-winning "Fight for You," another career high point with shades of sociopolitical Marvin Gaye circa 1971 and 1972. A few other songs stick out from the surplus of confessionals, late-night yearnings, and conflicted discourse that drifts along over soft beds of gently strummed guitar and trap-styled boom-and-skitter. The platinum "Damage" transforms Herb Alpert's "Making Love in the Rain" (produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis with background vocals from Janet Jackson) from an expression of rapturous release to one of seductive threat. "Cheat Code" is like a follow-up chapter to wistful sample source "The Sweetest Thing" (fronted and co-written by Lauryn Hill); the lilt in H.E.R.'s voice on the hook hits like an unexpected jolt of grief. "Closer to Me" flips an aspirational early 2000s deep cut (by the undervalued Goapele) into a love song yearning for intimate repairment. Like "Bloody Waters," these standouts nod to an inspiration while being unmistakably H.E.R.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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