Halsey is a relatively new artist, making her mainstream debut in 2015 with her evocative alternative pop album titled "BADLANDS". The years that followed saw her catapult towards stardom, landing a feature on Justin Bieber’s Purpose and even a spot at the top of the charts as the featured vocalist on The Chainsmoker’s “Closer”. She is finally back with her sophmore album and it is pure brilliance.
This Romeo and Juliet inspired masterpiece is an album which tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers doomed to suffer an emotional rollercoaster ride which will ultimately pull them apart. Opening with a direct reference to Romeo and Juliet on “The Prologue,” Halsey links her own narrative to that of the play’s opening lines before taking us down the rabbit hole. Losing herself in the romance which plays out at rowdy parties on tracks like “Heaven In Hiding” and during forbidden latenight meetings during interlude, “Good Mourning.”
The "Now or Never" songstress plays out the conflict between her illicit adoration for her lover her war cries of independence in “Walls Could Talk,” which features trap production and the story of a lover attempting to move on from her former partner.
“I ain’t your baby no more”
But this album is so much more than just another love story. The bonus track, "Angel on Fire" takes us through her struggle with adapting to her new lifestyle. A BTG favourite, "Devil in Me" is a track in which Halsey seems to strip herself bare, exposing her fear of giving in to the darkest part of herself (a message which can be appreciated by all). Another BTG favourite, "Sorry", is a beautifully vulnerable ballad where Halsey earnestly apologises to present and future lovers over a simple piano arrangement that simply compliments her vocal performance.
“I’m sorry to my unknown lover, sorry that I can’t believe, that anybody ever really starts to fall in love with me”
The 22 year old singer/song writer even hosts a feature from one of hip hop's biggest names at the moment, Quavo. The Migos rapper lends an assist on "Lie" in a way that only Quavo could do. With a production assist from Lido, the song as a whole is almost set up to compliment Halsey's vocal and lyrical ability. The album also hosts a feature from Norwegian DJ/Producer, Cashmere Cat, on "Hopeless" which is the closing track on the album. despite the name of the track, this a point in time where Halsey shows that even whilst living a shakespearing tragedy like lifestyle, one can still be optimistic. We are definitely optimistic about the future of this extremely talented artist.
“If you don’t love me no more, then why lie”
All in all, we are in love with this new project from Halsey. She has managed to bring together a lot of elements of mainstream music and couple them with her alternative roots creating a body of work that feels personal, raw and simply beautiful. If you enjoy fresh new music, we do not doubt that you will enjoy this. Stream it below and let us know your thoughts.