Halsey's new album "Hopeless Fountain Kingdom" sends an empowering message. In Halsey's previous album "Badlands", a lot of the songs were about being involved in relationships that aren't very healthy. Her new album explores how she reflects on her past experiences and learns to move on. With poetic lyrics and powerful vocals, this is some of Halsey's best work.
Before I listened to this album, I had heard from many people that it is similar to a concept album (an album that makes up one message or story), so I felt like there was a lot of pressure for me to figure out what the message or story was. I'm not really the type of person to analyze an album that way (although props to anyone who does), and I think people will analyze any album trying to find something. So I'm not going to analyze this album conceptually. It's just not something I'm into doing myself. I'd love to hear what others think though!
The first half of this album is my favorite, simply because I enjoy those songs the most. They're more upbeat and catchy. I feel like the second half of this album is darker than the first half, which is pretty cool. It reminds me of Halsey's "creepy" sounding songs, like Haunting and Control. I also like the use of voice samples in this album. I don't totally understand the use of Romeo and Juliet in The Prologue, but as a whole, I think the voice samples are interesting. This seems to be a pretty popular addition to music right now.
I honestly don't have a whole lot to say about this album other than I really enjoy it and I would recommend it. I like the vocals and the lyrics a lot. I also have just liked hearing Halsey's music and voice evolve, because I have been a fan of hers since her last album. I appreciate Halsey's new attitude on this album, and how she seems more independent. If you like powerful female vocals, you will definitely enjoy this album. Give it a listen, Halsey is amazing!
These are my favorite tracks off the album:
1. 100 Letters
2. Heaven in Hiding