Proceeding “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” Halsey recently released her third studio album titled “Manic.”
She opens the album with “Ashley,” which is titled after herself. Fittingly, the song describes how in her career she’s breaking into a new era of herself. It shows her willingness to reveal more depth into her own experiences in comparison to her past work.
“You should be sad,” peels back the layers of a past relationship and shows the darker side that wasn’t completely visible to the public. The lyrics are completely transparent and shows how unapologetic she is for sharing her side of the story. Halsey shows how she felt going into the relationship, not realizing the façade behind her ex’s personality.
“Without Me” was the first single released off the album and has a similar theme lyrically to “You should be sad.” The track shows more resentment and self-empowerment, while “You should be sad” feels like a rawer version of how that relationship emotionally affected her.
According to the artist statement with Apple Music, Halsey wrote that three tracks on the album are meant to be listened to in order.
“Forever… (is a long time)” is the first song of the trio. It’s a short and sweet piano based track that goes through the motions of Halsey mentally being stuck in her head. It depicts her self-doubt that she can find love without ruining it for herself. Though her opinion on how she views herself is a common theme in some of her work, she’s more open with her fans and herself on “Manic.”
The last stanza of the song is “What am I thinking? What does this mean? How could somebody ever love me?”
“Dominic’s Interlude” features Dominic Fike who introduces the track. At 1:17 the track is a short follow up to “Forever… (is a long time)” and is a lighter version of the song that proceeds it.
“I HATE EVERYBODY” finishes out the trio and shows her coping mechanism with wanting to feel accepted and loved. This track focuses more on how caught up Halsey got in trying to push away her over thinking and insecurities for more of an “I don’t care” attitude. The underlying message is how infectious negativity is once you let it in.
The lyrical concept of this album shows more vulnerability in her search to feel completely loved by people in her life, in comparison to her past projects. It shows a mix of self-doubt, a search for feeling complete, but shows she’s willing to push through her mind into a healthier mindset.