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There’s something ironic about the fact that the anonymous singer named H.E.R. makes music so intimate and revealing that it feels like reading someone's diary. On this confessional follow-up, she throws listeners into the thick of a messy breakup and all its tension, temptation, and second-guessing. “Wait, maybe it’s just a phase/Took a minute for you to say I’m sorry,” she sings on “Gone Away,” letting her voice tremble with torment. “Don’t ask if you really don’t want to hear it when I’m telling you how I feel.” She's so good at wearing her heart on her sleeve that, at least for a moment, it's easy to forget she's still a mystery.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s something ironic about the fact that the anonymous singer named H.E.R. makes music so intimate and revealing that it feels like reading someone's diary. On this confessional follow-up, she throws listeners into the thick of a messy breakup and all its tension, temptation, and second-guessing. “Wait, maybe it’s just a phase/Took a minute for you to say I’m sorry,” she sings on “Gone Away,” letting her voice tremble with torment. “Don’t ask if you really don’t want to hear it when I’m telling you how I feel.” She's so good at wearing her heart on her sleeve that, at least for a moment, it's easy to forget she's still a mystery.

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About H.E.R.

Presented anonymously, contemporary R&B artist H.E.R. debuted on major-label RCA in 2016. H.E.R., Vol. 1, released for streaming and as a download that September, was a seven-track EP of downcast post-breakup material, mostly ballads, that sounded both vulnerable and assured. Promotion was limited, but labelmates Alicia Keys and Bryson Tiller helped spread the word through social media. Among the selections was a cover of Drake's "Jungle," which helped send the set to number 28 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. A similarly styled follow-up, H.E.R., Vol. 2, arrived in June 2017. ~ Andy Kellman

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