Halsey: Badlands review

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Halsey's album art for "Badlands"

by Annaka Cieri, Editor-in-Chief

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Album: Badlands

Record Label: Astralwerks

Release Date: August 28, 2015

Rating: 7/10

Halsey, or Ashely Frangipane, 20 year-old blue haired artist, came into the music industry with one EP, Room 93 released in October of 2014, and has since been the most talked about upcoming artist. After touring with Imagine Dragons and having some well talked about live shows, there was a lot of anticipation surrounding her album Badlands which finally came out Aug. 28, and her cult-fan base was diffidently not disappointed.

Halsey’s album, unlike most upbeat alternate albums, is very dark. With beats and rhythms and lyrics that flow in strong minors and the all the accompanying instruments hit strong tones and chilling chords. Her opening song “Castle” is a great example of this, with an added in gospel-type hum and Halsey’s sharp voice that breaks the barrier between dimensions, bringing to life a world that is “sick of all these people talking, sick of all this noise.”

Halsey’s lyrics do not fall short with this eerie theme either. Her song “Control” perfectly captures her inside thoughts, which include “demons”, “monsters” , “villains” and “dark energy”, which she tells are stemmed from her mental illness: bipolar disorder.

Her songs have the very rare and spectacular effect that leave this feeling like you are in a car at night in a big city, passing all the lights until you float up into the stars. Some good melodies to lose yourself in include “Ghost” and “Haunting.”

Halsey is not the first popular female musician to come to life through death. Lorde and Lana Del Rey use a lot of the same themes Halsey touches on, while also using beautifully strung together words and heavy beats.

Altogether, if you are looking for new songs that will bring your emotions to a new level while providing loose dancing, then Badlands is the album for you.


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