Halsey’s second studio album ‘hopeless fountain kingdom’ debuted today, June 2, and while there’s a banger or two to be found, it mostly sounds rather…same-y. It does have its moments, though. Here’s the breakdown.
Halsey‘s album hopeless fountain kingdom is here, but I admit that it’s not as exciting as I’d hoped. There are a few standouts, but overall, it all sounds like one long Halsey song. Admittedly, I expected more from the popstar, who’s had one of the more impressive trajectories of fame that we’ve seen this century. At times, it feels like there’s no real development on this album, but it’s great news for anyone who wants a record to chill to where all of the songs are sung by Halsey, because this will do the trick.
She attempts rapping on “Bad At Love” (trendy) and aims for another blockbuster collaboration with Fifth Harmony‘s Lauren Jauregui on “Strangers” (necessary), but the best results happen when Halsey lets her vocals ring out clear and crisp, solo, reminding us of when we first fell in love. “Angel On Fire” is one of the better tracks, with verses that build into a thumping, triumphant chorus. (Annoyingly, it’s back-to-back with the song “Devil In Me.” Angel/devil. Get it? We get it.)
Like her debut effort, it’s a concept album, but this Romeo and Juliet world is a nice update from the idealistic, material one she build on Badlands. That worked then, but now the singer is allowed to get a little more autobiographical here and there, such as on “100 Letters,” which is inspired by a breakup she had. These are the “real” moments that fans look forward to.
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HollywoodLifers, what do you think of hopeless fountain kingdom?