Halsey's Badlands

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For an artist who’s debut album Badlands dropped this August, Halsey has already built herself a feverishly dedicated fanbase. The 21-year-old, born Ashley Frangipane, has risen to impressive heights under the moniker ‘Halsey:’ an alias which is both an anagram of her birth name, and a sentimental nod to a street in Brooklyn. Named MTV’s ‘Artist To Watch’, and currently embarking on a sold out headline tour, Halsey’s ethereal sound has already hypnotised an entire generation. Hearing the album for the first time, it isn’t difficult to understand how Halsey's sound has captivated thousands. Badlands is a mesh of gritty, raw, calculated lyrics and a synth-heavy production reminiscent of Chvrches and Lights. The album opens with slow-burner “Castle,” a track screaming its discontent: “Sick of all these people talking, sick of all this noise / Tired of all these camera’s flashing, sick of being poised.” But “Castle” is just one example of Halsey’s brutally honest narrative, with similar lyrical tones resonating throughout the entire album.…show more content…
Lyrics like “Survival of the richest, the city’s ours until the fall” take on a whole new meaning when paired with the dystopian “Divergent”-inspired video: the track is a bitter comment on society. “New Americana” is simply destined for radio play, with an incredibly addictive chorus, and vocal embellishments evocative of Marina and the

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