Release Date: August 26th, 2021
Label: Capitol Records; ℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.
She was sweet like honey / And all I can taste is the blood in my mouth / And the bitterness in goodbyehoney by Halsey
Mother. Warrior. Killer. Queen.
Just when I think Halsey is finished surprising me, she releases an album like If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. Produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails fame, Halsey’s senior effort showcases the work of an artist who has come fully into their own. If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is lush, cinematic, and crackling with electricity. Its shifting tonality is also quite pleasing, going from the heavy industrial sounds crafted by Reznor and Ross on songs like “Bells in Santa Fe” to the tender guitar-driven lyricism of songs like “Darling”—like chasing salty fries with greedy gulps of ice-cold Coca-Cola.
I am not a woman, I’m a god / I am not a martyr, I’m a problem / I am not a legend, I’m a fraudI am not a woman, I’m a god by Halsey
All in all, H4 is a powerhouse of a record, shattering expectations and assumptions while asserting a confidence borne of both pain and pleasure. Honestly, I’m kicking myself for not preordering the limited edition vinyl. If you know where I can get one, email me. 😭😭😭
“You asked for this”, “honey”, and “I am not a woman, I’m a god”.
If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is available to order or purchase wherever music is sold.
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