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Album Review: Badlands

Posted on September 29, 2015 in Arts & Culture, Music
By Krysteana Scribner

The up and coming artist, Halsey, officially released her latest album, Badlands this August. Her hit single, “New Americana,” has a catchy rhythm. Her lyrics sending a clear message to her listeners that the younger generation has the power to change the world.

She sings,” “We are the new Americana / High on legal marijuana / Raised on Biggie and Nirvana.” In an interview with MTV, Halsey explained that she grew up in a mixed race family – while her father was listening to old school rap, her mother listened to 90’s grunge. She included these lines because she wanted to describe herself to her listeners as being no different than anyone else.

This song has a steady beat, and her voice makes the lyrics seem like a fantastical daydream. Her music video for this song is just as great. She plays a rebel American looking for more in life, and it punished for her actions. She mentions in her lyrics, “Young James Dean, / some say he looks just like his father. / But he could never love somebody’s daughter.” James Dean was an actor who performed in many Hollywood classics, but only survived to see one in theaters. His legacy lives on not only through his films, but in some ways in this song.

This new song is one worth listening to more than once, and her other songs on her new album are worth a listen too. The level of empowerment listeners will feel is unbelievable – this song will no doubt remind listeners to appreciate every memory and moment life throws your way.


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