Its been two years since Halsey’s stunning debut album. An album that introduced the world to a unique voice with a lot of deep things to say.
Now as an established artist, she has brought to life her sophomore follow-up, hopeless fountain Kingdom and recreated that debut magic with even more maturity.
This time around, Halsey experiments with different genres and themes, complete with an epic movie-like track structure.
Bringing out a more urban side on “Now or Never”, her voice knows no bounds. “Walls Could Talk” channels this even further and begs to be her urban radio anthem. The singer even goes a little old school on “Alone” with it’s funky 90’s vibe.
Her haunting vocals although truly come to fruition on “Lie” with her choir like high notes.
Halsey touches on all areas of emotion and thoughts. “Angel On Fire” explores her anxiety and pain of being unseen. Think of Avril Lavigne’s “Nobody’s Home,” with more frustration.
Unafraid to express herself further, she embraces same-sex lyrics on “Strangers”, which features vocals from Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregi. Catchy and just downright eargasmic!
Anger then builds on “Don’t Play”, where you really don’t want to mess with her. In contrast to the emotional “Sorry,” this really highlights the versatility of the album. There’s a song for whatever emotion you’re feeling for the day.
Verdict: A truly stunning follow-up to Badlands, that truly allows listeners into the world of Halsey. Relatable, experimental, emotional and everything in-between.
Best Tracks: Now or Never, Strangers, Lie, Walls Could Talk, Eyes Closed, Heaven In Hiding, Devil In Me, Sorry, Bad At Love.
Overall Rating: 9/10