If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power

Halsey - If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2021 Ratings: #163 / 583
User Score
2021 Ratings: #167
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Albumism

Halsey has created the strongest and most focused album in her catalog and is more themselves than ever before. It's a beautiful, twisted, transformative journey in all senses of the word. And one worth all the praise it is sure to garner. 

100
Dork

‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ is Halsey’s definitive artistic breakthrough.

90
AllMusic

In a bold and unexpected move, Halsey seizes their artistic crown on the creative triumph If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power.

90
The Forty-Five
For this record, the pop star has teamed up with Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to create an album of industrial, grunge and goth rock that details Halsey’s experience of pregnancy.
82
Sputnikmusic

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is a tour-de-force in the face of an ever-changing pop scene.

80
The Independent

By bringing a darker, racketier attitude to a major label pop, Halsey follows in the footsteps of artists P!nk and Grimes.

80
The Sydney Morning Herald

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is a theatrical, grandiose listening experience that also acts as a statement of intent and identity for the artist.

80
The Line of Best Fit
With art this bold and ambitious, Halsey doesn’t really have to choose between love and power: they deserve both.
80
Clash
A world of distortion and contradiction, blood and venom, ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ is a singular statement, one of extreme power.
80
Gigwise
It shows both a significant development in sound as well as a genuinely empowering beating heart that imparts Halsey's values with impressive ease—and power.
80
NME
With production from Nine Inch Nails and featuring Dave Grohl, the artist's fourth album feels like a defiant artistic statement of their singular talent.
80
Kerrang!

Sure, it’s packing some infectious, radio-ready choruses, but there is so much more to unpack, with each listen peeling back layers of heartache but also dexterity and adventure, and much-needed sense of danger that their peers are lacking.

80
The Arts Desk

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is the boldest sonic statement yet from an artist who has never shied away from airing their grievances in public.

70
Rolling Stone
The adventurous pop star’s fourth album is a fascinating, if at times overwrought, collaboration with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
70
Pitchfork
Produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Halsey’s spectral fourth album confronts the thrill and terror of getting what you want. It’s their strongest work to date.
70
FLOOD Magazine

It’s probably the most recklessly ambitious pop album of the year besides Donda, and for sure one of the catchiest.

70
Slant Magazine

Halsey’s If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power thrillingly homes in on notions of self and identity.

70
PopMatters

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power contains enough magic to be infectious, an ambitious work by an immensely gifted artist who is continuing to explore aesthetic possibilities.

70
No Ripcord

Halsey delivers on the promise of having Reznor and Ross involved in a musical sense, as If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power is imbued with a palpable sense of drama in how its menacing arrangements move effortlessly around their needs, desires, and insecurities.

70
God Is in the TV

Whilst the efforts have been made however, it still feels like an album of two halves put together. If the trio had sat in one room for the whole experience  -crafting the album from nothing until completion – it could really represent the sound it needed to achieve.

60
The Observer
The singer-songwriter contemplates new motherhood on this intriguing fourth album.
60
The Needle Drop

Halsey and Reznor don't always mesh or produce fireworks together, but If I Can't Have Love is still Halsey's strongest album yet.

Doublez
74
As a woman's life changes with the arrival of a child, the album If I Can't Have Love I Want Power is the epitome of Halsey's significant evolution. The author immerses us in a poignant and heartbreaking experience in the midst of motherhood

One thing is undeniable, Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, a.k.a Halsey, never has her/they tongue in her/they pocket, defying any social taboo. The New Jersey native has established herself as one of the most popular artists of the second half of the last ... read more
BaddieBaphomet
70
After making two of the more eyeroll worthy albums of the 2010’s, Halsey’s 2020 album “Manic” showed significant improvement even though the final result was still less than great. Now with the release of her fourth album, “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power”, I think this is a further progression into their artistry, even though I still think there are a bunch of things she could improve on.

Produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch ... read more
Musicnerdd
75
Forgetting the past, finding love and motherhood

When it comes to music and rating albums and other projects, one of the things i care about is the musician's personality, the amount of controversy they've had and either if they have narcissistic behavior or not, and halsey is one of the artists who gets the full score for her personality, a lovely, beautiful and admirable human being who (i think) everyone loves. But when it comes to other things (lyrics, melodies, production and etc...) ... read more
Davibitt1234
81
Em If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, Halsey foge do pop mainstream que marcou grande parte de sua carreira e vira seu olhar a algo mais rock, o que faz ela entregar seu melhor álbum até o momento. Surpreendendo a quem não esperava algo do nível sendo lançado pela artista.

O gênero já não é algo desconhecido por ela. Ao analisar sua discografia, percebe-se, que mesmo em quantidades pequenas, o rock já esteve presente nela. ... read more
Cry
73
'If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power' is Halsey's fourth studio album, joining hands with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross from Nine Inch Nails to create an album that isn't as ambitious as I was expecting but is still an intriguing listen due to the topics she dives into over the course of the album, using a weak storyline to support the topics, while the vocals and production don't have as many moments to shine. The album doesn't follow a medieval theme in any aspect, something I was actually ... read more
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Track List

1The Tradition
3:46
79
2Bells in Santa Fe
3:37
81
3Easier than Lying
3:26
83
4Lilith
2:47
75
5Girl is a Gun
2:26
79
6You asked for this
4:25
78
7Darling
3:02
72
81121
2:42
79
9honey
2:53
80
10Whispers
3:11
76
11I am not a woman, I'm a god
2:56
83
12The Lighthouse
4:33
76
13Ya'aburnee
3:08
75
Total Length: 42 minutes
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Added on: June 28, 2021