hopeless fountain kingdom – halsey
hopeless fountain kingdom is the second studio album by Halsey, released on June 2 previously this year. Halsey has previously released the album Badlands on August 28th 2015. Personally, I’ve been a fan of Halsey for about 2,5 years and I’ve really been looking forward to this album, and a lot of other people did too as it debuted as number one on the us billboard top 200.
The album starts of with the track Prologue which introduces us to the Romeo and Juliet inspired album. The first part of the track is Halsey reading the prologue of Romeo and Juliet herself, followed by a shorter “song”. 100 letters is the first actual song on the album. To me, I think the lyrics in the pre-chorus is very interesting as she describes her lover begging her to stay and not the other way around, as it usually is in love songs (for example in her own song Haunting). Speculations have also come to the conclusion that Halsey is discussing her relationship with her previous producer which helped her produce Badlands, and whom she can completely dependent upon both musically and romantically but in the end, she wishes she had done it all by herself, “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”. Overall, the lyrics seems to be referring to this failed relationship in which she was never good enough.
Eyes Closed is the third track on the album and the second single released prior to it. The chorus makes it rather clear that she has moved on with someone else but she still thinks about her ex “But you’ve been replaced, I’m face to face with someone new”. It does have a Halsey sound to it with the different sounds, but also the more “stripped” parts such as the end of the song. Heaven in Hiding starts out with a beat which sounds like hands clapping. The song has so many words in it, and they all seem to really have a meaning to them. It seems to contain some references to her previous album, Badlands, where she also sings about heaven in the song Young God.
Alone starts of differently than previous songs released by Halsey as it’s more up-tempo and lacks the “mystical” sounds that she usually includes in her music. The chorus seems to be referencing to Romeo and Juliet’s love story “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”, referencing to the impossible relationship between the two. The person in the song seems to be rather straight forward and social, but even though there’s so many people around them who seem to be interested, they still feel alone at the end of the day. Now or Never was the first single released prior to the album. When I first heard it I thought it was very different from her previous album and I do think it’s a bit different than the other tracks on the album as well. However, it still does have a similar vibe to it. It seems to be about a relationship that lacks communication, “but you could never spit it out for me”, “tryna talk to a wall”. The chorus itself also seems to be referencing to Halsey wanting to know, “now or never”. She wants this person in her life, but she needs to know if it’s mutual, do they love her now?
Sorry is the seventh track on the album and it’s a piano ballad, making it stand out a bit from the rest of the album. As the title implies, the first verse implies that the song seems to be an apology in which she acknowledges that she has hurt people and that she probably will continue hurting them. I think a lot of people can probably see themselves in the lyrics as she for example refers to her getting out of relationships because she doesn’t think they’re genuine even though they probable are, “sorry to my unknown lover, sorry that I can’t believe, that anybody ever really starts to fall in love with me”. Trust is hard, and it’s even harder when there are other factors such as mental illness’ that influences you in relationships, maybe making you hurt the other person in the end. Good Mourning is the eighth track on the album, and it’s also the shortest track on the album. It has a scarier vibe to it, especially towards the end where it repeats the line “Sun is coming up oh why, oh why, oh why”. It feels like it prepares you for something terrible to happen, as if something will change soon and sudden, and it’s not going to be pretty.