The Rebellion

Halsey drops sophomore release with “hopeless fountain kingdom”

Gabriella Donahue

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Halsey blends rap and pop with a modern twist on Shakespeare

By Gabriella Donahue

Staff Writer

   It’s been almost two years since 22-year-old Halsey’s debut indie album “BADLANDS” scored the number two spot on Billboard’s Hot 200. Similar to her first album, her new album titled “hopeless fountain kingdom” follows the same theme by documenting the tragic ups-and-downs of a youthful dystopian-esque romance.  By smoothly blending both pop and alternative genres for a wider variety of fans, Halsey’s follow-up does not disappoint.

   Unlike “BADLANDS” which featured no guest artists, the alt-pop album features cameos from rapper Quavo, Cashmere Cat and the pop sensation and former Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui, all adding vocal variety to the album and giving it broader appeal.

   The first song of “hopeless fountain kingdom,” plainly titled “The Prologue” sets the album’s tragic romance theme with an opening passage from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Following the excerpt, Halsey melodramatically drones on in a speak-sing voice about her seemingly perfect yet devastating life. The song introduces a refreshing take on the age-old Shakespearean love story and sets the basis for the rest of the album’s tragic tone.

   Halsey’s single “Now Or Never” is thus far the most popular song in the album. The track is centered around a wishy-washy relationship where Halsey urges her lover to take action now, or it will soon be too late. The chorus, which utilizes repetition, is extremely catchy, leaving the audience wanting to listen again and again.

   While Halsey undoubtedly has a few radio-hits on her new album, some tracks definitely lean more towards the alternative side of “alt-pop” and will probably remain within the ear-buds of the hard-core Halsey followers rather than roaming through stations like Kiss 108.

About the Writer
Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Halsey drops sophomore release with “hopeless fountain kingdom”

    ENTERTAINMENT

    Michael Bublé Story-tells About Love in New Album “❤”

  • Halsey drops sophomore release with “hopeless fountain kingdom”

    Community News

    High School and Middle School Musicians Collaborate to Raise Money for Walpole Food Pantry

  • Halsey drops sophomore release with “hopeless fountain kingdom”

    ENTERTAINMENT

    The CW’s “Supergirl” Returns for a Fourth Season

  • Halsey drops sophomore release with “hopeless fountain kingdom”

    ENTERTAINMENT

    Khalid Releases Emotional EP “Suncity,” Reminiscent of Past Debut Album “American Teen”

  • Halsey drops sophomore release with “hopeless fountain kingdom”

    ENTERTAINMENT

    Rami Malek Accurately Portrays Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” Biopic

  • Halsey drops sophomore release with “hopeless fountain kingdom”

    ENTERTAINMENT

    Theatre Club Performs First Fall Musical: Cinderella

  • Halsey drops sophomore release with “hopeless fountain kingdom”

    ENTERTAINMENT

    Black Ops 4 is a Return to Excellence for Call of Duty

  • Halsey drops sophomore release with “hopeless fountain kingdom”

    Art

    September Artist of the Month: Claire Sullivan

  • Halsey drops sophomore release with “hopeless fountain kingdom”

    ENTERTAINMENT

    “Life Itself” Brilliantly Portrays Unfiltered and Interconnected World of Characters

  • Halsey drops sophomore release with “hopeless fountain kingdom”

    ENTERTAINMENT

    Hallway Talk: Favorite Disney Movies

Navigate Right
The Student News Site of Walpole High School
Halsey drops sophomore release with “hopeless fountain kingdom”