Halsey - Manic (2020)

Reason for Listening:
#2 on the Billboard 200 (Week of 20200201).
Last Week: - | Peak: 2 | Weeks on Chart: 1

As one might guess from the album title, "lyrically, [the album] deals with the singer's struggles with bipolar disorder (previously known as manic depression)." (Wikipdia.org)

Released 20200117.
16 songs. 47:36. Manic (2020)
16+1 songs. 47:36+01:51. Manic (Japan) (2020)
16+2 songs. 47:36+05:06. Manic (Target Deluxe) / (International Deluxe) (2020)

First listen. Standard. No song ratings made.
I looked at the title of the first track and noticed that "Ashley" was an anagram of "Halsey." My immediate thought was to wonder if Halsey's real name was Ashley. [Yes, her real name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane]
Second listen. Standard.
"Without Me" has a snippet from "Cry Me A River" by Justin Timberlake. "You don't have to say just what you did, I already know..." The original finishes "I found out from him." The lyrics in "Without Me" finish "I had to go and find out from them."

3: "Graveyard";
2: "You should be sad"; "I HATE EVERYBODY"; "Without Me"; "SUGA's Interlude" (with SUGA of BTS); "More"; "929";
1: "Ashley"; "clementine"; "Still Learning";
0: "Forever ... (is a long time)"; "Dominic's Interlude" (with Dominic Fike); "Finally // beautiful stranger"; "Alanis' Interlude" (with Alanis Morissette); "killing boys";
-1: "3am";

For the most part I liked this album. Considering that I hadn't heard any song on the album except "Graveyard" (at least as far as I can recall), the individual song rates were fairly high. I would also say that the album has a healthy variety of sounds.

Overall Rating: 4.4/5
Favorite Song: "Graveyard"

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