Badlands

Halsey - Badlands
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Based on 3 reviews
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Based on 425 ratings
2015 Ratings: #602
August 28, 2015 / Release Date
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Astralwerks / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

70
Rolling Stone

The music recalls Lorde or Rihanna heard from across a suburban football field, and it wears out faster than the lyrics — which vibrate with the twists and turns of a young woman taking command of her body, mind, and then the world.

70
AllMusic

There's also something angry, literate, and youthfully defiant about Badlands that brings to mind the sneer of Garbage's Shirley Manson. Ultimately, it's all of Halsey's seemingly contradictory elements brought together that lend Badlands such a fascinating topography.

49
Pitchfork

The momentum behind Halsey is undeniable, but Badlands mostly falls flat. At its best, the record plays like a conflagration of a half-decade's worth of alt-R&B--catchy, dark, spottily engaging. But it is weighed down by trite lyrics and stale production.

MariellyAkarius
25
Halsey is the new generation Kate Bush and this is her "The Kick Inside" 😗✌️

Nowadays everyone can release a concept album, the question is: if you want to create a concept album, you need to be consistent, original and know what you're doing, that's all that doesn't happen in Badlands, the debut album of American singer Halsey.

Badlands is pop and alternative music for people who don't like alternative music, it's mainstream music for teenage girls who would eat a mediocre ... read more
exception
20
"According to Halsey, Badlands is a concept album that focuses on the fictional dystopian society known as The Badlands. The city is surrounded by a desert wasteland, keeping the inhabitants of The Badlands captive.[10] The album was inspired by post-apocalyptic movies such as Blade Runner and The Fifth Element. After writing the first few songs, Halsey came to the realization that the entire concept was a metaphor for her mental state. Halsey states that she created the Badlands as an ... read more
siberianbreaks
NR
This is like everything horrible and obnoxious about Tumblr put together into one album. I don't know how she does it, but she manages to bring absolutely nothing fresh or interesting to the table despite how hard she tries to stick out with her quirky persona.
fryingpan
0
HEY YOU!!!

the shaggs - philosophy of the world

if you want to be different and make "alternative" music, give this a listen
FrankWelch
88
This album just clicks all over me. I really like to jam to this album. The songs make me feel good, light, dreamy, gloomy... put me in a good mood. Really like the melodies, the instrumentals, the atmosphere. Even not being so old, feels nostalgic to me. Miss those 2015 reckless days...

FAVE TRACKS: Young God, I Walk the Line, Colors, Control, Drive, Ghost, Haunting, Roman Holiday, Hurricane.

LEAST FAVES: Coming Down, Colors Pt. 2.
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Year End Lists

#15/Popjustice
#26/Variance

Track List

  1. Castle
  2. Hold Me Down
  3. New Americana
  4. Drive
  5. Hurricane
  6. Roman Holiday
  7. Ghost
  8. Colors
  9. Colors, Pt. 2
  10. Strange Love
  11. Coming Down
  12. Haunting
  13. Gasoline
  14. Control
  15. Young God
  16. I Walk the Line
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