A lot of albums have been reigned in to start of 2020. We finally heard new material from Eminem, and Poppy came back with a bang with her new metal album. It’s safe to say that January has had a good run with music so far, but one album that everyone can’t stop talking about is Halsey’s new album titled ‘Manic.’
Halsey, aka Ashley Frangipane, is an American singer and songwriter, who has a passion for expressing her story into an empowering sound. Previously released two albums, Badlands in 2015, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom in 2017 and now the long-awaited ‘Manic’ has arrived.
This anthology shares a story that you can tell Halsey holds close to her heart – in a way it’s almost like your reading someone’s personal diary. It’s filled with raw emotion and grips you in from the first second. The sixteen-track album has tracks with Dominic Fike, Alanis Morissette, SUGA and K-Pop band BTS. It offers creativity, progression and a lot of different sounds including pop, rock, indie, and country, yeah she can do it all.
Starting off with a slow enticing tempo leading into soft mellow vocals, later hitting them high notes perfectly, this song hits hard, Halsey speaks nothing but realness about how she feels she can’t accept her real self, that ‘Halsey’ is this character that Ashley has hidden and now wants the world to see. This one is perfect to start with as it’s not too in your face, it gives you a taster of what’s to come. If you really listen to the lyrics, they all have a deep meaning and tell her story the way she wants it to be told, no matter how hard it is to tell it: ”Apart from my beating heart, it’s a muscle, but it’s still not strong enough to carry the weight, of the choices I’ve made.”
2) You Should Be Sad
It is for sure a song that took a bit of a turn from the rest of the anthology, it swayed more towards country, still keeping the pop elements, but it was exciting to see Halsey follow a different direction, it’s one that stands out because it’s different and unique in its own way. Sadly for her, she has not had the best of luck in relationships and that’s what this song focuses around, the hurt she’s been through and what she wishes she said when the relationship came to an end, in a way it’s a hit-back track and a pretty good one at that. It has this uplifting, infectious feel to it, the instrumentals are fast pace and there’s a lot of acoustic elements that shine through. The video doesn’t really match up with the lyrics, but it shows how Halsey can bounce back and show that she is a strong woman.
3) Without Me
Released in 2018, the song that millions listened too, related to and the one that really did boost Halsey’s career. It expressed how you end up loving and caring for someone so much that you just lose yourself. This track was based on her previous relationship with rapper G-Eazy. It really is this in a way hate anthem. The lyrics take you on this journey, this rollercoaster of what her relationship was like, how she felt like she was always being degraded and she couldn’t be herself or stand her ground. It’s one of the tracks, that is super catchy and one that gets stuck in your head for sure, with the emotion seeping through her vocals, it was one that spoke to her audience on another level.
4) Still Learning
Possibly one of my favorites of the whole album, we all go through stages in our lives where we fall out of love with ourselves and this one really accentuates those feelings. The lyric that goes on throughout the song repeatedly is ‘I’m still learning to love myself,’ and that is what this song is all about. It has this compelling overall beat, Halsey explores her soft tone but then she reaches high when it comes to the powerful parts of the song as she wants to let her feelings and you can really hear that in the lyrics, especially near the chorus, as her voice begins to tremble. The great thing about Halsey is she creates these songs that possibly every single one of her fans can relate too, she creates them in a way that doesn’t sound dull and boring because they have emotional lyrics, she makes it so that they make her fans feel good when they listen, this is exactly what that song does, the overall sound gives it this feeling of hope.
The final yet the most personal and meaningful, she was born on the 26th of September hence the title. This track is about her, about growing up and how quick time flies, how now she’s 25 and so much has changed. This one is like she’s reading out her own thoughts, reading about her past and the way it made her felt. Her vocals have a lot more of an aggressive tone throughout, which really expresses the whole story behind this track.