Written By: Melanie Pabst
Originality: (4 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (4 / 5) Lyrics: (4 / 5) Production: (4 / 5) Average: (4 / 5)
Halsey’s had me captivated since I first heard “Gasoline.” For me, it’s one of those songs that I can recall exactly where I was and what I was doing when I first heard it. My sister and I were driving in my car when she put it on for the first time. After the first minute, I had it turned up as loud as my speakers would allow. Allowing her voice to fill my car. And as the song continued, flowing from the first verse into the chorus, I could feel the hair’s raising on the back of my neck.
And all the people say
You can’t wake up, this is not a dream
You’re part of a machine, you are not a human being
With your face all made up, living on a screen
Low on self esteem, so you run on gasoline
Her lyrics were raw and intense and I felt empowered listening to them. Mixed with the realness of her voice, I knew she was going to be a music artist I’d be listening to for a while. After that, I listened to Badlands and Room 93 on repeat for weeks. Halsey’s lyrics have a way of reaching down into the darkest parts of you, and shedding light on them. Her lyrics are a true testament to her truth as an artist, and as who she really is. You can listen to any of Halsey’s music, and one thing you know is that she is not one to hold back. She showcased that in Badlands throughout every track. “Colors” bled through my walls I listened to it so often. And when I first heard “Ghost,” I was immediately brought back to a prior relationship, and everything I had felt then. It’s a gift when an artist can do that. With her recently released follow-up album, hopeless fountain kingdom, the rawness continues and Halsey opens up more regarding her past and the influence is seen throughout the album.
“Now or Never,” the first hit single off hopeless fountain kingdom is a raw, love ballad and I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since it first dropped. It’s pop-electronic sound mixed with her gutsy voice make it hard to turn off, or down for that matter, which is why I had to give the album 4’s straight across the board in originality, vocals, lyrics and production. hopeless fountain kingdom is a beautiful dive into Halsey’s past relationships and how they have inspired her music throughout the album, and her career. “100 Letters,” tells a beautifully tragic love story and by the end of the song, you’ll be reminiscent of your own story to tell. Her music is relatable, which is why so many people can’t stop listening to Halsey. Especially with tracks like “Strangers,” featuring Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui, and “Bad at Love,” Halsey doesn’t have any boundaries when it comes to her music. If you’re looking for some new music to make you feel something, make sure you listen to Halsey’s new album, hopeless fountain kingdom.