Though she’s been around for a minute now, it’s crazy to think that we’re only getting H.E.R’s debut LP three-and-a-half years removed from her eponymous debut. Regardless, time is a construct, and that couldn’t take away from what she shows off throughout her new album, Back of My Mind.
With esteemed producers like Hit-Boy and Mike-Will-Made-It garnering credits through the lengthy, near-eighty minute project, the Thundercat and Kaytranada-assisted “Bloody Waters” is reminiscent of the smoothest 70s soul and sultriest 90s R&B. It’s bewildering to think that in 2021, YouTube comments can surface about a brand new song honing similarities to Marvin Gaye; now, while that’s a stretch, there are parallels in there if you listen closely enough. From the swaying vocals to the pitter-pattering hi-hats, it’s hard to not come out and say something so bold about a song so damn engaging.