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Halsey earns career-best reviews for 'If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power'


Halsey's fourth studio album, If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, is currently on track to debut atop the Billboard 200 (barring interference from a certain disgraced rapper). In the meantime, it continues to receive rave reviews, and has officially become their most well-received project with a Metascore of 81 based on 13 critic reviews, up from its pre-release score of 77.

"With Reznor and Ross supporting such a weighty artistic vision, Halsey takes a huge leap forward with this course-changing opus, a revelation that finally presents their most authentic representation of self." ★★★★½ —Allmusic

"Direct and unbowed, [this] is Halsey at their most confrontational... A world of distortion and contradiction, blood and venom, If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power is a singular statement, one of extreme power." ★★★★ —Clash
[Review]

"Halsey's If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power is an album best served whole. Sure, it's packing some infectious, radio-ready choruses, but there is so much more to unpack, with each listen peeling back layers of heartache but also dexterity and adventure, and much-needed sense of danger that their peers are lacking. As Halsey moves into a new chapter in their own life, so too does their music. And we are here for it." ★★★★ —Kerrang!
[Review]

"...an intricate and an endlessly compelling artistic statement that only Halsey could have made." ★★★★ —NME
[Review]

"It's another case of 'beauty and the beast' making for an effective teaming. Only, with due respect to the artist's Renaissance-portrait-ready cover likeness, it's really they, Halsey, and not they, Reznor and Ross, who is the beast here. It's easy to imagine the producers cowering in the corner as a then-pregnant Halsey got her rage on in some of these songs." ★★★★½ —Variety
[Review]

[Sources]Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


What's your favorite track on the album?

The Tradition
12(8.5%)
Bells in Santa Fe
13(9.2%)
Easier than Lying
11(7.8%)
Lilith
7(5.0%)
Girl is a Gun
11(7.8%)
You asked for this
6(4.3%)
Darling
2(1.4%)
1121
9(6.4%)
honey
12(8.5%)
Whispers
10(7.1%)
I am not a woman, I'm a god
38(27.0%)
The Lighthouse
5(3.5%)
Ya'aburnee
5(3.5%)
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