The 5 Best Songs Off Of Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom

On June 2nd, 2017, alt-pop singer Ashely Nicollette Frangipane (better known as Halsey) released her highly anticipated sophomore album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. HFK is a concept album based on the story of Romeo and Juliet. Sound-wise, HFK differentiates from Halsey’s previous album Badlands in the sense that it sounds much more R&B influenced than rock, though Halsey still considers herself an alternative artist. Without further ado, here are my top five favorite songs from Halsey’s sophomore record Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.

5. Sorry

Serving as one of few ballads on the album, “Sorry” is about unrequited love, except in this scenario Halsey is the one who doesn’t feel the same about someone who seemingly loves her.“Someone will love you, but someone isn’t me.” she sings vulnerable over a piano in the post-chorus. “Sorry” is definitely a tear-jerker, and really showcases Halsey’s vocal skills.

4. Walls Could Talk

Upon first listen, this is the song that immediately stuck out to me. Sound-wise, “Walls Could Talk” is very reminiscent of Maroon 5’s early days. “And I’m thinking, “Damn, if these walls could talk” Well, they’d be like “Shit is crazy, right? That ain’t your baby no more”” she sings in the chorus. My only complaint about this song is that I wish it was longer, as it clocks in at only one minute and forty-two seconds.

3. Bad At Love

On this track, Halsey goes through the history of her previous relationships and details what went wrong with each of them. She ultimately comes to the conclusion that she is bad at love and relationships in general. “I’m bad at love but you can’t blame me for tryin’, you know I’d be lyin’ sayin’ you were the one that could finally fix me. Lookin’ at my history I’m bad at love.” she belts in the chorus. This track is definitely one of the more upbeat R&B-esque moments on the record.

2. 100 Letters

“100 Letters” is a pop ballad in which Halsey sings of a previous relationship where she tried to make things work with her partner and ultimately failed. The lyrics are inspired heavily by Romeo and Juliet in the sense she felt like she was living it. “I’m going through this relationship where I feel like a version of myself and a version of himself are dying for the sake of wanting to make our love work,” she said of the song. “100 Letters” has a painstakingly relatable chorus in which Halsey sings “And now I can’t stop thinking that I can’t stop thinking that I almost gave you everything. And now the whole thing’s finished and I can’t stop wishing that I never gave you anything.”, something that everyone who’s ever gone through a breakup can relate to.

Alone

“Alone” was instantly my favorite the first time I listened, and has remained my #1 ever since. “Alone” is about someone’s desire to meet you, but insisting that once they do they’ll regret it. “I know you’re dying to meet me, but I can just tell you this. Baby, as soon as you meet me, you’ll wish that you never did.” she croons in the chorus. What makes “Alone” so special to me is the upbeat, infectious, sound the song carries. It is definitely one of the most danceable tracks on the record and is definitely sure to uplift your mood, just by the way it sounds.

Overall, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom is a stellar album. Halsey’s vision for the record really shines through, and even though it is a concept album it isn’t gimmicky. Each song has it’s own flair but still ties into one another very nicely and cohesively. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend you check out Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.

‘Harry Styles’ A Track-By-Track Review

On May 12th, 2017, former One Direction member Harry Styles released his highly anticipated debut album. His self-titled debut consists of a mix of ambient rock songs, mellow acoustic numbers, and somber love songs. If you would like to know my thoughts on Harry Styles, keep reading.

1.  Meet Me In The Hallway

Honestly, this song isn’t what I expected solo Harry to sound like. Serving as the album’s opener, “Meet Me In The Hallway” is a gloomy, mysterious, acoustic song about begging for someone’s return despite the pain they put you through. When listening, the song itself tends to put me in a trance. Overall, I’d say I really enjoy this song.

1. Sign Of The Times

By now, I’m sure you’ve this number, but if not, here’s some background. “Sign Of The Times” was released as Harry’s first solo song and the album’s lead single, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Upon first listen, I immediately heard classic rock influences, I was specifically reminded of David Bowie and The Beatles. It clocks in at almost six minutes long, but trust me, it’s well worth every second.

3. Carolina

The moment I first heard this song I instantaneously knew it would become one of my favorites. “Carolina” is a song that just makes you want to let loose and dance. Stylistically, it reminds me of Lady Gaga’s 2016 release Joanne in the sense that it’s a bit country/rock. Another song with obvious classic rock influences, which by now you can tell sets the tone for the whole album.

4. Two Ghosts

You may have already heard of this song due to the buzz it’s created around it’s alleged Taylor Swift-inspired lyrics, but to be honest it’s so much more than that. “Two Ghosts” is a beautifully crafted song about leaving a relationship two completely different people than when you first began dating. The sound is peaceful, mellow, and relaxing whereas the lyrics are a bit pensive.

5. Sweet Creature

When I first heard this song, I didn’t really like it. Although after a few listens it really grew on me. I feel like many of his songs put me in a mood where I want to reminisce about things of the past, but especially this one. His vocals in the chorus are mesmerizing, and the lyrics are heartfelt.

6. Only Angel

The beginning of this record is very ethereal-sounding, almost angelic. Then it takes a complete 180 and flips into an exuberant rock song. “Only Angel” is definitely a song you would want to listen to when you’re in need of an upbeat song to get hyped to. After Carolina, this song is probably my second favorite off the album.

7. Kiwi

Similar to “Carolina” and “Only Angel”, “Kiwi” is a bold, bellowing, pure rock song. I really enjoy the direction Harry is taking with these type of songs as it’s different than anything that’s currently on mainstream pop radio. I feel like this whole record will open doors for more rock music to enter the doors of mainstream radio, which is awesome.

8. Ever Since New York

“Every Since New York” is a folk-style ballad in which Harry sings of hurting, and still wanting more of someone who hurt you. Honestly, it’s not one of my favorite songs but it meshes well with the album.

9. Woman

This is another song I knew I’d like from the moment I heard it. It has a funky and groovy type of feel, yet still very rock influence. The lyrics are about the feeling of jealousy that comes with seeing the person you are interested in be with someone else. I feel like it describes a feeling we can all relate to in one way or another.

10. From The Dining Table

When you really listen to this song, the lyrics are very sorrowful. “Even my phone misses your call, by the way” Harry sings in the first verse. Musically, the sound is very soft, soothing, almost relaxing but at the same time emotional.

Overall, I’d say I really do love this album. It’s very cohesive and different from the One Direction Harry you may be used to listening to, in the best way. Now, I am even more excited to see what direction Harry takes in the future.