Electropop singer Halsey, 22 from Washington, New Jersey is opening up and taking her fans to a new level sharing her deepest emotions in the rawest form ever; even taking us to unexpected places that we could never even imagine.
Her newest album “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” begins with the first track titled ‘The Prologue”. The track actually begins with Halsey speaking the prologue of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Halsey added her own spin on it by rewriting it to be about two different houses Angelus and Aureum. She renamed the two star-crossed lovers Solis and Luna and Halsey sees herself as a mirror reflection of Luna (Romeo).
Halsey continues to use the concept of Greek Mythology to continue the narrative of the album, one of my favorite tracks ‘100 Letters’ is an upbeat track that you could definitely see being played at the bars and DJs generating their own mixes of the song. One of my favorite verses of the song is “Well King Midas put his hands on me again / He said one day I’d realize why I don’t have any friends / I find myself alone at night unless I’m having sex / But he can make me golden if I just showed some respect.”
‘Heaven in Hiding’ is about the characters Halsey created, Luna and Solis attending a crazy house party and the pair hiding their love for one another and being forced to “put on a show”; allowing anyone to know their true feelings for each other.
‘Bad at Love’ is Halsey’s way of admitting to her wrongs and saying that she is afraid of commitment. Because of her history of bad experiences when it comes to dating, she feels that it’s very unlikely that things will work out for her in the long run, so she continues going from person to person, Fuck buddy to fuck buddy, and it’s all so casual, but she gets nostalgic about the what-ifs, the could-have-beens. She reminds herself that things are always great at first, and then she becomes disillusioned and moves along.
Halsey replied to a fan on Twitter saying “The album is top to bottom about me removing myself from a toxic relationship to find love within myself,” after backlash and confusion from a fan asking why she’d write an album promoting such an ‘unhealthy’ relationship.
Other key tracks to watch out for on this album include ‘Eyes Close’, which Halsey sings about being with other lovers but not being able to push the old one away, and how she’s gotten used to playing pretend, that sex sex is more automatic than individual to her at this point in her life. ‘Lie’ ft. Quavo is also another hit and right away we see her seeking refuge in her sexual encounters. To simplify this track, they’re fucking, but deep down they hate each other. Halsey wants them to lie to her, to save her from more hurt. Quavo’s verse says “I heard what you said (what she say?) / You talk about your head game (oh) / I know that it’s fire flame (fire) / Your mouth make a hurricane (splash) / You notice that we in love (love) / That’s something we cannot change (no).”
With Halsey giving us the opportunity to view a raw and deep insight into her feelings, this album is sure to be a success. Halsey will be performing at the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on November 21st at 7pm.