Those Are The Badlands, We Don’t Go There

I love how I started New Music Tuesdays and then never did it again. In my defense, moving is stressful, complicated, and all around soul sucking. I’m all moved in now though, currently settled and watching “The Prince & Me” on our couch.

Right before I moved I purchased Halsey’s debut album “Badlands” after falling in love with her ep and the album on spotify. I went to Target especially because that is where she released the deluxe edition with five bonus tracks.

I have so many favorites, basically the whole album, it’s hard to pick just one song. This is an album that you can listen to from start to finish without skipping any songs, almost a rare quality nowadays.

The opening song Castle starts your adventure into the Badlands. A notable line is, “I’m headed straight for the castle, they wanna make me their queen. There’s an old man sitting on the throne that’s saying that I probably shouldn’t be so mean.” Halsey is clearly on her way to being at the top of the Billboard charts, as well as the queen of alt rock.

The next track, the one song that really made me love Halsey and her music, is called Hold Me Down. This song, and this album, really talks about people trying to keep her from the top. The lines, along with the head bobbing beats, say to us “I sold my soul to a three piece, and he told me I was holy, he’s got me down on both knees, but it’s the devil that’s tryna hold me down.”

The song Colors, is one that I will forever love. Halsey is a lyrical genius with this one. “You’re drippin’ like a saturated sunrise, you’re spilling like an overflowing sink. You’re ripped at every edge but you’re a masterpiece, and now I’m tearing through the pages and the ink.” You can tell this is about someone she loved very much, someone troubled, but she saw the beauty in them anyways.

This album is going to go very far, as is Halsey. This is just the beginning for her, and I honestly can’t wait to see how far she will go.

I Dare You.

As someone who loves music AND writing, I thought I would implement a music segment into my blog. After all, I just here jamming to Bea Miller’s debut album “Not An Apology” as I have been for the past week so I might as well write about this heavily talented young woman.

On July 21, 2015 the spunky 16 year old (who is same age as my younger brother IT KILLS ME THEY’RE ALL SO YOUNG AND TALENTED okay sorry, I’m good now) released her 11 tracks of powerful pop goodness into the world. Something that had been missing from my music library and from my life.

The track I chose to feature is my personal favorite off of the album, the female badassery that is “I Dare You.” Honestly, I had no idea who Bea was until some random spotify user had this song in a dance playlist. One listen and I was hooked on it. Who doesn’t love a song that challenges someone to lock you up so you can break down the wall? How could you not get INSTANTLY pumped? Brb, gonna go break down this wall Bea style.

This song features lyrics such as “I’m picking up my sword, to shatter all the pieces that I was before, cause I’m worth fighting for” followed by a scream-singing chorus that can only be compared to Kelly Clarkson in “Since You’ve Been Gone.” You go girl.

The bridge of this track is another experience. Bea puts into words what so many young adults feel. Running because you want to find out who you are, what you’re meant to do. She just stops and says “I would go the distance but it wasn’t far enough, but now I’m standing straight and know exactly who I am,” something we’re all searching for.

This song is a powerful anthem, as is the rest of Bea’s album. Not only is it available on EVERY source you can buy music on, she has every song on YouTube and on Spotify to stream for free. So, there is really no excuse for this album to not be in your life right now. I hope to hear more of Bea on my local radio stations, but for now I’ll be scream-singing in my car and dance-running on the treadmill to all of her songs.