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"Manic" Halsey

by Courtney Deeren - Managing Editor
Wed, Feb 12th 2020 06:00 pm

Fans have famously dubbed Ashley Frangipane, better known by her stage name, Halsey, the tri-bi, despite her disdain for the trivialization of these issues down to a catchy hashtag. By this fans mean to say the singer is biracial, bisexual and bipolar. Halsey has encapsulated her experience with the latter in her most recent album, “Manic.” 

The album starts with the deeply personal song “Ashley.” “Ashley” has a very poetic tone with Halsey utilizing some words to have dual meanings and incorporating line breaks. The close of the song features a spoken part with the lyrics “Too many guys think I’m a concept / Or I complete them or I’m going to ‘Make them alive’ / But I’m just a f----- up girl / Who’s looking for my own peace of mind / Don’t assign me yours.” 

 “Ashley” leads into my favorite song of the album, “clementine.” The opening lyrics are juxtaposed with a gentle constant sound that has a certain innocence like that of a child’s toy. 

“I’d like to tell you that my sky’s not blue, it’s violent rain / And in my world, the people on the street / don’t know my name / In my world, I’m seven feet tall / And the boys always call, and the girls do too / Because in my world, I’m constantly, constantly havin’ a breakthrough (hmm) / Or a breakdown, or a blackout / Would you make out with me underneath the shelter of the balcony?” 

This line leads into the chorus which sees Halsey repeat “I don’t need anyone / I just need everyone and then some.” 

This song feels really relatable to me and it was definitely an instant favorite. 

Halsey features three collaborations on this album. Dominic Fike, Suga from BTS and Alanis Morissette all have their own “interludes” named after them. 

There are a lot of strong  contenders for favorites off this album — especially because no two songs are the same. “Graveyard” is another notable song off the top of my head. 

The journey the album takes listeners on is very reminiscent of the album’s title. Halsey set out to create an album displaying the mania she feels and she succeeded. 

Halsey has proven via “Manic” that she can’t be put into a box. The artist has created a variety of sounds on this album ranging in tempo and lyrical strategy to create something so fresh, so understandably painful at times and so unique to her experience. 

Fans had to wait two years for Halsey to release “Manic” and while waiting is almost torturous, I would be willing to wait just as long for another album like this. 


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