Badlands

Halsey - Badlands
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 295 ratings
2015 Ratings: #495
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.

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.
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
odilio
72
Born to Die seems worst...
ymo
10
i can't do the favourite and least favourite songs format with this review it's just that bad
dyelir
47
Bland pop that reaches for post-Weeknd r&b and post-Lana Del Rey pop melancholia is largely what you'll find on Badlands. Not only are her influences obvious, but her lyrics make no effort to not sound cliche. As a result, the music is too surface level to bear, but of course her voice has given her the benefit of the doubt commercially in a pop landscape where vocal talent is rewarded over complete musical production.
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END OF YEAR 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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