Halsey Battles Through The Dark, Desolate Badlands To Create One Of The Most Important Alternative Pop Records Of The Decade
Let me get this out of the way right off the bat. Halsey changed my life. I think she’s one of the greatest artists out there in the world right now. She’s probably my favorite… or second, only behind the flawless alternative pop goddess Lorde. When Badlands was released, I saw music differently. My life was different. I had never heard anything like it before, and I had never felt so close to so many songs on a single record. There was no way of knowing what I was getting into at the time. I just thought that there was this cool new alternative chick that I couldn’t wait to share with all of my friends. I remember purchasing Badlands at Target before work the day it came out, and the rest was history. One of my favorite things about the Badlands era was one of the promotional videos from YouTube that was posted a few weeks before the release. It was basically an album trailer for Badlands, and it was a great way to get potential new fans excited. It played out like a movie trailer, with Halsey’s hauntingly calming voice, narrating over very well shot scenes of a city and a desolate wasteland believed to be the Badlands. That’s probably why I connected so strongly to this album. It has a story to tell — a full story from start to finish. As a writer, hoping to become an author in the future, I love to create and make up stories. I even thought up an entire trilogy based on this album. I’m not kidding, Badlands affected me so greatly. The exact words I would tell people whenever discussing the album would be “I’m not the same person that I was before listening to Badlands.” And it’s true. I think I changed so much, and I’m grateful for that change. It’s given me perspective and it’s let me see the world — especially music and art — in a new and exciting way. I’m not sure if the story that I created in my mind about Badlands will ever exist on the shelves, but I am sure that I’m not the only fan to be inspired.