by Ashley Wright
With the first single “Without Me” released all the way back in October of 2018, Halsey finally released her third studio album Manic in totality on January 17th, earlier this year. Manic is notably different from Halsey’s previous two albums, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom and Badlands, which reflect on the very personal journey she has gone through leading up to its production. While fans on twitter have complained that Manic isn’t as “angry” as the singer’s previous works, the power and emotion she puts in her vocals is still present for every track. The album does contain several collaborative works (including three separate interludes) but in large part focuses on the realities of getting out of a bad relationship, acknowledging and accepting your own faults, and the light at the end of the tunnel that comes from these.
There are a few songs worth noting separately. As previously mentioned, several of the songs from this album were pre-released, including “Without Me” and “Graveyard”. While both of these songs are strong in their own right, they fit seamlessly on the track
right, they fit seamlessly on the track list and anyone who’s heard them should have a good idea as to what this album is like. Halsey herself says that while “every song has its own identity” they should be treated as “halves of a whole” and listened to together. Another song, which at first seems very different from the rest of Halsey’s works, is “You should be sad”. On Twitter, Halsey describes writing this song because “the most petty and heartbreaking songs all come from country”. While the song does have some country vibes, I wouldn’t classify it as a country song in its own right. It still slaps, however. Manic is available on Spotify and Apple Music and is only 48 minutes long all the way through. And honestly? It’s worth it.