AOTY 2021

Heaux Tales

Jazmine Sullivan - Heaux Tales
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
Year End Rank: #11
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Based on 812 ratings
2021 Ratings: #376
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On her fourth album, Jazmine Sullivan contends with all that can be lost and gained through sex and love. She is in full command of her spectacular voice and totally delivers on an ambitious concept.

Ending such a lengthy wait for new material was never going to be easy, but Jazmine Sullivan makes her Everest-like task look deceptively simple. A woman speaking her truth in poetic, soulful fashion, ‘Heaux Tales’ could be her defining chapter.


Sullivan is often overlooked as the R&B master she is, but her latest project displays the vocal range of legends before her, demonstrating her ability to capture the qualms of life and love relevant to the realities of dating in the age of the internet.


For a lesser artist, doing songs this explicit would seem like a thin gimmick for attention, but Jazmine Sullivan is far above that weight class. What has to be reckoned with is that, heaux or no, Sullivan is a preeminent standard bearer in modern R&B.

Beats Per Minute

Heaux Tales is a provocative return for Sullivan that showcases her incredible knack for storytelling.

Rolling Stone

Though brief, with a runtime of just over 30-minutes, the EP shows Sullivan crafting a complete constellation of love and loss.

The Needle Drop

The conceptual EP Heaux Tales seems to be a point of personal and artistic metamorphosis for Jazmine Sullivan.


Given the brevity and makeup -- just over half an hour, with only 27 minutes of music -- Heaux Tales doesn't have the heft of Fearless, Love Me Back, or Reality Show, but few contemporary R&B LPs twice its length are as substantive.

it’s pretty average but the lyrics made me horny so that’s good i think
"Dick spoke life to me" - quote of the year
The harmonies and rhythms were too great for me to have anything bad to say about this album. Jazmine's voice is the sword cutting all the right edges, putting perspective into our minds. The interludes were setting the tone beautifully, I just love hearing women talking about reality. As far as the production, I still got nothing to complain, there's a little bit of R&B luxury for everyone.
PRE-REVIRW NOTE: special is incoming. :p πŸ’œ

Jazmine Sullivan is a new name to me, and i was really surprised to see that she makes music since 2008, my original thoughts being that she might be another new R&B / neo-soul artist that started popping off recently.

In contrast with the overall background surprise, the project is definetly not offering much of a surprise to me. I like it, but not to an extent of listening to it that much.

The seemingly long EP features female empowerment ... read more
Mergulhada na progressão de um R&B contido nas suas influências neo-sul, Jazmine Sullivan em 'Heaux Tales' traz além de ótimos convidados, mas também uma interpretação única e bastante centrada nas suas bases artísticas -, destacadas através de nuances criativas aproveitadas nas faixas e nos interlúdios que completam a narrativa abordada ao logo de todo EP. Um verdadeiro destaque frente à linha e proposta ... read more
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Added on: January 5, 2021