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Halsey's 'Manic' Is Our First Album Of The Week For 2020 (You'll Know Why Very Quickly)

17 January 2020 | 3:56 pm | The Music Team

We get it - choosing where to start with all the stacks of great new music each week can be a daunting task. 'The Music' team are here to help though, bringing you our Album Of The Week each Friday. Halsey's 'Manic' is our first pick of 2020.

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Hi there. It's us. Your friends from The Music. And we're back with our first Album Of The Week for 2020!

US artist Halsey (real name Ashley Frangipane) and her third album, Manic, take out this week's edition. Check out the album review and podcast with Halsey below.

What we're saying... 

Review by Madelyn Tait. Read more here...

"While [Halsey's] previous records have been heavily concept-based, revolving around explorations of fantasy worlds with storylines and themes that link each track together, Manic is deeply personal.

"It opens with Ashley, an overture of sorts that hints that she’s not writing as a character this time, but as herself. It’s also the first album she’s written while in a manic state (Frangipane was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 17). The album is colourful, uses more live instrumentation than any of her previous synth-y releases and jumps between different emotions and genres. 

"3 AM has a punchy rock feel while Finally // Beautiful Stranger sounds more like a Kacey Musgraves-esque slow burner than anything we’d expect to hear on a Halsey album. What she does maintain is her poetic lyricism and tendency to deliver dark, angsty verses disguised as fun, catchy pop songs."

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Halsey stopped by The Green Room With Neil Griffiths podcast this morning to chat all things Manic (and even gave fans a little hint as to when to next expect her in Aus...). Check it out below.