Halsey - Badlands - 2015 Electro Synth Pop - Blue Vinyl - SEALED 180 Grm LP
Halsey - Badlands
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Blue
Gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve
THIS COPY IS SEALED ( pic is of previous copy)
Country: USA & Canada
Made in the EU
Released: 28 Aug 2015
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Electro Synthwave
A2 Hold Me Down
A3 New Americana
A5 Roman Holiday
B2 Coming Down
B5 Young God
Record Company UMG Recordings, Inc.
Record Company Universal International Music B.V.
Phonographic Copyright (p) Astralwerks
Copyright (c) Astralwerks
Mastered At Infrasonic Sound
A&R Jeremy Vuernick
A&R [Administration] Ryan Del Vecchio
Art Direction Garrett Hilliker
Management Anthony Li, Jason Aron
Mastered By Pete Lyman
Mixed By [Mix], Producer [Additional Production] Dan Grech-Marguerat
Photography By Sarah Barlow, Steven Schofield
Producer [Vocal Production] Dylan William
I first heard Halsey when she opened for Imagine Dragons
Now after a couple of EP releases- the latest of which featured tracks included on this one- she finally drops a full length release with Badlands. And it was worth the wait.
People seem impressed that she's diverse and well-versed enough to reference both Biggie and Nirvana (on her anthem song, Americana), but if you're of a certain age- or an extremely serious music head- you'll even catch the hook from M'tume's R&B classic, Juicyfruit (see if you can find it). Now that's impressive!
Badlands (stylized in all caps) is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Halsey. It was released on August 28, 2015 through Astralwerks. Musically, Badlands is primarily rooted in electropop, dark pop, alternative pop, and synth-pop, and features industrial music undertones.
What I really like about Halsey is her lyrical imagery. Even with the lesser songs- I really can't use a word like 'filler' to describe them- there's an emotionally powerful quality to them. A seductive vulnerabilty- waifish, disaffected, headcase and femme fatale all at once. Lines like "I sold my soul to a three-piece, and he told me I was holy/He's got me down on both knees, but it's the Devil that's trying to..." Plus on Hurricane she refers to my part of Brooklyn as Bed(ford)-Stuy(vesant) and not its gentrified name, Bedford Hills. Wasn't expecting that kind of depth from what I admit I thought would be just the latest pop queen on the scene. Nope; this album is all about a woman who owns it, even when it scares her. I just wish she'd use more real musicians and instruments on her songs; not that the beats and synths aren't listenable, but they're too Katy Perry/Lorde/Britney Spears-ish at times. That almost sounds like an oxymoron, but that's because it's a very interesting and layered electronic landscape she paints. I'd love to hear what she'd sound like with an actual band behind her. I just don't understand the reluctance of talented people to work with actual instruments.
The standout cuts are: Hold Me Down, New Americana, Hurricane, Roman Holiday, Ghost, Colors & Strange Love. You can definitely catch a synergetic flow to the tracks; apparently they're listed in the chronological order she wrote them, reflecting her growing maturity and confidence as a songwriter- which so happens to include using profanity. What did catch me by surprise was her inclusion of the Johnny Cash staple, Walk the Line, to close things out. Diverse and well-versed, indeed.