Halsey’s sophomore album does not disappoint here are my top 5 tracks off Hopeless Fountain Kingdom:
1. 100 Letters
The first song on the album, following only Halsey’s reading of Shakespeare’s Prologue from Romeo and Juliet. This track, I think, sets the tone for the concept of the entire album. “I don’t let him touch me anymore, I said I’m not something to butter up and taste when you get bored.” A message of discovering/empowering oneself outside of a relationship – whether that be romantic or platonic.
2. Devil in Me
“You said I’m too much to handle, you said I shine too bright I burnt the candle, flew too high.” As someone with a pretty deep seated fear of mediocrity and having experienced sort of existing in this state of ‘but she’s so much, she’s too much’ I love this song; I love the idea of that there is this separate being inside that you can turn off and on, and more so I love that by the end we can understand that waking it up is the only way to live.
3. Bad at Love
“I’m bad at love, but you can’t blame me for trying. You know I be lying saying ‘boy you’re the one’ that could finally fix me, looking at my history, I’m bad at love.” #relatableAF
4. Heaven in Hiding
I just think this song is so well done, and I know it reminds me of something else but I can’t put a finger on it. Lyrically it’s stunning “And when you start to look at me, a physical fatality,” musically it’s the perfect road trip song with a driving beat that just grows throughout the track.
5. Eyes Closed
“If I keep my eyes closed he looks just like you, but he’ll never stay – they never do.” The perfect song for your post breakup rebound. Halsey has a magic touch when dissecting her own relationships in this larger than life lens, and somehow making them entirely relatable to someone not living in a dystopian version of Romeo and Juliet.