For the Love of Halsey... (Album Review)

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So I'm going to be honest with you...usually, when it comes to albums, I don't listen to them all the way through, besides Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, and a few others. I usually would add an album to my Spotify playlist and skip all the songs except for the hits but I changed up my routine. When Halsey's new album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, came out I decided to actually listen to it and then add it to my playlist or at least the songs that I really liked (simple right...sometimes I overcomplicate things *sigh*). To be honest, besides "Closer" with The Chainsmokers, I only listened to two of her songs, "New Americana" and "Colors". Both are cool songs and every time I would walk to class, New Americana would come on and I would walk to the beat (I'm silly).

Anyway, when listening to the album, I made sure to do my best by not looking at TV or scroll on Facebook too much because it would distract me from the lyrics. I already have the attention span shorter than a goldfish so I tried my best to pay attention. Before listening to the album, I knew it would be about being in toxic relationships and deciding to move on from them. Some songs had weird beats and intros that kind of freaked me out while listening to them at night or going in the basement by myself when I couldn't hear anything but the eerie sounds slightly blasting in my earbuds.

I won't list those songs because I want you to be surprised and I really don't remember which ones they were...I think "Good Mourning" was one of them. My faves so far are:

  • "Strangers" ft Lauren Jauregui (of Fifth Harmony): it sounds like 80s pop a little. Also, I saw the live performance of the two on the Today show and Lauren is sexy AF, not afraid to admit that. Their voices blend well together and actually, if they started dating, I wouldn't be mad at it. I love the chorus "Said that we're not lovers//We're just strangers//With the same damn hunger//To be touched, to be loved, to feel anything at all.." However, Halsey does state in some other songs that she's not really great in relationship...which brings me to...
  • "Sorry" and "Bad at Love": Sorry is definitely a slow ballad with lyrics like "So I'm sorry to my unknown lover//Sorry that I can't believe//that anybody ever really//Starts to fall in love with me..." It kind of makes you get into your feelings and want to belt this out along with her. Bad at Love is the opposite, with quick but long verses and pre-hooks and a slowed down "riff-ish" chorus with lyrics like "I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe//That we're meant to be//But jealousy, jealousy, jealousy, jealously//Get the best of me...//I'm bad at love (ooh-ooh)//But you can't blame me for trying.."

The Prologue is based on Romeo and Juliet and if you've seen her hit Now or Never's music video then you definitely can tell that she's building the story from there. The video reminded me of the 90s version of Romeo and Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, with machine guns and a scary-looking tarot card reader. A couple of other songs that I also like are "Angel on Fire" and "Devil in Me". Sounds a little demonic but they're really good. Her features on the album besides Lauren are Quavo and Cashmere Cat.

There has been some controversy over Quavo's comments towards the LGBT community and since Halsey is bisexual, people felt that she was being a hypocrite. However, the comments he made apparently went public after her album release or at least was set to release. I don't know his exact comments but some men from the Black community seem to disregard/dehumanize people of the LGBT community (sometimes excluding lesbian/bi-sexual women because of interest or being friends with them).

Halsey claimed that she never even talked to Quavo during the recording of the song. From what I can assume, some music artists will decide to do a duet/feature and not even be in the same recording studio as the other artists. They may or may not see each other until either the music video, on tour or way after that during a music award ceremony. Halsey did say that Quavo needed to be more educated on the topic and gather his thoughts together before giving another apology (since his first one was "half-assed").

I would like to give congrats to Halsey for being the 1st female artist this year to have a #1 album on the Billboard 200. Katy Perry was the next to take over and then Lorde was just named to take the number one spot. I have listened to some of Katy Perry's album Witness and might decide to listen to it as a whole later, and I've heard one or two songs from Lorde's album Melodrama so I'll probably give that a listen too.

Anywhooo, in other Halsey news, it's been said that she has come out and criticized some artists of making songs that "talk" about exploring bisexuality as a "phase" or "trying things out" and some music news outlets are pointing to Demi Lovato based on Halsey's words/tweets (she literally was reciting Lovato's lyrics of Cool for the Summer). If anyone knows me, I love me some Demi Lovato and if Halsey feels that way, she is entitled to it.

There could be a deeper context that I don't know about within the lyrics but I say people are allowed to explore their sexuality (as long as it doesn't hurt others). Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure Lovato has said that she's either kissed a girl or been with one (maybe in a sexual way...not entirely sure...Katy Perry definitely has kissed one lol). Lovato has tweeted since Halsey's statement saying, "you know your song's a hit if people are still talking about it two years later..." Well, that's it for now. Take a listen to Halsey's album and let me know what you think in the comments.

Photo: Billboard