hopeless fountain kingdom

Halsey - hopeless fountain kingdom
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Ratings: #618 / 717
User Score
Based on 262 ratings
2017 Ratings: #569
June 2, 2017 / Release Date
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Astralwerks / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

84
GIGsoup
Her new album ‘hopeless fountain kingdom’ is an atmospheric smash that showcases the young artist’s ability to command an audience.
80
Rolling Stone

Halsey shows off all her wild musical ambitions on Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, a bold second album that consolidates all the strengths of her 2015 debut Badlands.

80
NME
'Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’ might be defiantly ambitious, but it’s surprisingly cohesive.
75
Consequence of Sound

Ultimately, she knows the pitfalls of dating more than one gender better than anyone in pop, and those moments of insight are when Hopeless Fountain Kingdom truly stands out from the pack, but it’s also reassuring that Halsey (who tags herself “alternative” rather than “pop”) conceives herself as an album artist first.

70
AllMusic

Hopeless Fountain Kingdom as a whole feels quintessentially 2017 in how it jumbles styles and sentiment, streamlining a teeming, contradictory culture into something smooth, glassy and easy to digest.

65
Pitchfork

The concept is ambitious, but the product ticks all the boxes: staid piano ballad (“Sorry”), In the Zone nostalgia (“Walls Could Talk”), R&B dilettantism (“Don’t Play,” Quavo-assisted “Lie”), recreations of proven hits (“Now or Never”).

60
The Guardian

It’s not remotely bad; it certainly sounds just like one of the most hotly awaited pop albums of 2017. But you can discern, just off stage, the chorus of unignorable industry types bearing down on one bankable creative, advising this timely collaboration, that hot producer, this set of references.

60
The Line of Best Fit

Halsey may not have found the sound that will define the next stage of her career on Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, but by finding intermittent success with several of them she proves to have more versatility than her previous solo outings indicated.

60
The Observer

It’s not remotely bad; it certainly sounds just like one of the most hotly awaited pop albums of 2017. But you can discern, just off stage, the chorus of unignorable industry types bearing down on one bankable creative, advising this timely collaboration, that hot producer, this set of references.

40
PopMatters

Where Badlands established Halsey as one of the more talented and dynamic artists of her generation, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom is both overambitious in theory and mundane in practice.

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35
my music isn't pop it's alternative and it's really deep and artistic!
thethirdverse
NR
halsey continues to be about as bland of a popstar as one can be, with directionless songwriting and monotonous, flat vocals that are about as interesting as watching paint dry. however, unlike 2015's badlands, the absurdly titled "hopeless fountain kingdom" holds tracks with colorful, diverse instrumentals which work much more in halsey's favor than the moody, overused reverb on her debut. while the instrumentation on this is miles better than her debut, there are many unfulfilled ... read more
JulianGomez974
65
I must admit I was expecting something worse. I wasn't a fan of her debut album BADLANDS, I thought the production and lyrical content was very rigid and stuck to a same palette, it didn't stead out to me and many of these problems traslate to hopeless fountain kingdom. Halsey interpolates a personal story with Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, however that concept seems to only live through her tweets because if I hadn't read it I would've never guessed it while listening the album. There are ... read more
the13thbeach
90
Usually, when musicians change their sound to explicitly become radio-friendly, their music becomes worse. This isn’t the case with Halsey. While I thought BADLANDS, her debut album, was alright, I didn’t think it was worth the hype. Due to that, I would’ve avoided hopeless fountain kingdom had I not read Halsey claiming that “[she is] more than capable of writing radio music... and hopefully [she’ll] put [her] money where [her] mouth is on [hopeless fountain ... read more
RihannaRTT
60
'Hopeless Fountain Kingdom' is a empire of songs that, while charming, lack the power to rule. For the majority of this record, this law applies... as many of the songs sound interesting to begin with, but any interest in them is lost by the end of the second chorus. However, the highlights on this album - 'Bad at Love', 'Strangers', 'Sorry' and 'Hopeless' - do present that drop of hope, long sought after.

(First-Listen Review: 58)
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#28/Billboard

MISC LISTS

#29/The Genius Community

Track List

  1. The Prologue
  2. 100 Letters
  3. Eyes Closed
  4. Alone
  5. Now Or Never
  6. Sorry
  7. Good Mourning
  8. Lie (feat. Quavo)
  9. Walls Could Talk
  10. Bad At Love
  11. Strangers (feat. Lauren Jauregui)
  12. Devil In Me
  13. Hopeless (feat. Cashmere Cat)
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