Jamila Woods - HEAVN
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2016 Ratings: #28 / 764
User Score
Based on 126 ratings
2016 Ratings: #96
July 7, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

84
Pitchfork
With the assistance of fellow Chicagoans Chance the Rapper, Saba, and Kweku Collins, R&B artist Jamila Woods makes vital, resonant protest music that sounds like a children’s playground.
83
Consequence of Sound

HEAVN itself feels like a happy secret, one that finds connection and joy despite the fuel of oppression.

80
Spin

It’s an auspicious welcome for an artist who’s lifting up her entire community of talent with her and making the task look light as a feather — all the while spinning on a dizzy edge.

MothaOfMotha12
83
Though not INCREDIBLE, I find HEAVN a way better output from Jamila Woods than her second full length album, LEGACY! LEGACY!, which everyone seems to praise for some reason I don't understand.

The features are way better on here. The concept of LEGACY! LEGACY! is more interesting, but is executed better on HEAVN. And lastly, the songs aren't so dragged out, and are short, but sweet on this, like the longest song is 4 minutes and a half.
EMR
53
Another one of Badu's loyal and faithful daughters shows up, in a pretty late stage, doing exactly what her mother told her to do.
El_Bark
80
Jamila quickly becoming my favorite female artist right now, first heard LEGACY LEGACY and went back to this, and she is just an absolute lovefest of being someone who's proud to be black
musicmagpie55
80
Jamila Woods draws inspiration from childhood rhymes and games on her debut HEAVN to make a unique and nourishing album. I fell in love with Woods after I heard her guest spot on 'Sunday Candy.' I loved her strangely flat voice, and I was eager to see what she would do with an entire project. I was not disappointed; her music is exceptionally well written and dynamic, drawing from spoken word as much as R&B. Her music blends nursery rhyme-like melodies with wiggly production and sharp ... read more
sourcherry24
86
Thank you Pitchfork for recommending her as the current BNM. Love the new record.
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Track List

  1. Bubbles
  2. VRY BLK
  3. Lonely Lonely
  4. HEAVN
  5. In My Name
  6. LSD
  7. Blk Girl Soldier
  8. Emerald St.
  9. Lately
  10. Breadcrumbs
  11. Stellar
  12. Holy
  13. Way Up
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Added on: July 15, 2016