H.E.R. | Volume 2: Album Review
Album: Volume 2: The B-Side
Release Date: Oct. 19th, 2017
In 2016, anonymous R&B vocalist H.E.R. debuted her first EP. This year, with help from Alicia Keys and Bryson Tiller, H.E.R announced the release of not only Volume 2: The B-Side Tapes, but also her identity. When asked about why she kept her identity hidden, the 20-year-old Gabi Wilson said, “I am a voice for women who feel like they’re alone in these situations. This project came from emotion and that’s what I want it to be about. Not what I look like or who I’m with, but the raw emotion and support for women.”
The B-Side Tapes prove just that. The album starts off with “2,” a track that has a strong bassline that rips through the song. Yet somehow, Wilson’s airy and smooth voice layers over it and creates her own atmosphere. While the lyrics tell the story of a break-up, the R&B pulse that backs each track sounds like it is anything but.
The entire album offers a heavy and sensual atmosphere through intimate and profound lyrics. All of the songs on the album relate to a broken heart, yet the second track, “Let Me In,” delves deeper with raw and unhealed emotion. The lyrics not only talk about the pain, but make her audience feel the ache within their hearts.
If H.E.R. wasn’t popular after the release of her first album, Volume 2 is sure to draw some attention. Not one song on the album lacks a heavy bass, a slow and sexy beat, or lyrics that bring back the bittersweet nostalgia of a first break-up. Wilson may have begun her music career anonymously, but this album is sure to make her name well-known.
Rate: 4/5 Stars