Halsey Should NOT be Sad: Manic Reviews Round Up
by Delaney Howard
Halsey’s new album, Manic, has finally been released, much to the anticipation of her fans everywhere. It has been three years since her sophomore album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, was released. Manic has already earned many positive reviews, showing that it was worth the wait.
“Manic is Halsey’s raw autobiographical portrait of the artist as a young mess, craving her share of love and tenderness in a hostile world.”
“Her lyrical confidence is matched by the characterful production, which straddles R&B, country, trashy pop-rock, Kacey Musgraves-ish cosmic Americana and more.”
“Unlike her sophomore record Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which embodied a dystopian Romeo and Juliet theme, Manic operates like the inside of Halsey’s subconscious.”
"Gone are the singer’s signature metaphorical devices; Manic has neither a post-apocalyptic dystopia nor a Shakespearean allegory to serve as its backbone. Instead, Halsey takes an antithetical approach to her previous work, stripping away the veneer of her persona and introducing fans to her true self, Ashley Frangipane — in fact, she literally opens her album with one of its most introspective songs, titled “Ashley”."
“Yet the surprisingly refined roots-and-rock stuff is just one part of what Halsey’s doing on an album that never settles on a distinct mood or point of view.”
In a soul-baring album, it’s refreshing to see all the love that Halsey is receiving. We are so excited to see her when she brings her Manic Tour to Sacramento on June 7!