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Manic

Halsey

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As they were in the throes of completing their third studio album in 2019, Halsey told Rolling Stone the record would contain "hip-hop, rock, country, f***ing everything because it's so manic. It's soooooo manic." It was so manic, Halsey decided Manic was the right title for this high-profile album, the first they've released since 2017's Hopeless Fountain Kingdom helped turn them into a regular presence at the top of the charts. As it turns out, Manic is indeed an appropriate name for an album so filled with twists and turns it feels like a double-LP crammed into the course of a 47-minute record. Such a description is slightly misleading, though, suggesting that the album contains a series of distinct shifts in mood when it is very much a record of its moment, thrumming along to the tasteful shape-shifting hybrids that populate playlists of all genres. Listen closely, certain stylistic aspects assert themselves -- a fingerpicked guitar line rolls along here, there's a reggae bounce there -- and their choice of guest stars is telling. Alanis Morissette -- who is by some measures a clear precursor to Halsey -- vies with rapper Dominic Fike and Suga of K-pop sensations BTS for the splashiest cameo, with each of their appearances labeled as an "interlude." The lack of concrete song titles winds up emphasizing the presence of artists who cross genres, a clear sign of how Manic's seemingly scattershot appearance disguises that Halsey designed the album to appeal to as broad an audience as possible, streamlining all these sounds so they slide onto every conceivable playlist. It's a shrewd ploy that winds up not seeming crass thanks to Halsey's affectless emo bloodletting -- she never resists an opportunity to hit their target squarely on the nose, such as the "I'm so glad I never ever had a baby with you" refrain on "You Should Be Sad" -- and the clever way Manic is sequenced. The artiest, wobbliest songs start the record, followed by their saddest and starkest ballads, so it takes a while before it settles into its comfortable groove of adolescent angst doubling as AAA crossover pop. Such distinctions would be lost on the playlists individual tracks may later call home, but assembled in this fashion as a proper album, Manic showcases Halsey at their nerviest and at their best.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Ashley Explicit
00:03:06

Benjamin Levin, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benny Blanco, Producer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Young, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Halsey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Cashmere Cat, Producer - Magnus Hoiberg, ComposerLyricist - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Brenton Duvall, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Aria McKnight, A&R - Focus Features, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

2
clementine
00:03:54

John Cunningham, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Halsey, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Johnathan Carter Cunningham, ComposerLyricist - Jasper Sheff, ComposerLyricist - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Graveyard
00:03:01

Mark Williams, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stefan Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Halsey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Bellion, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Bell, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Bellion, ComposerLyricist - The Monsters & Strangerz, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Jordan K. Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Ojivolta, Producer - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Amy Allen, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark "Oji" Williams, ComposerLyricist - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

4
You should be sad Explicit
00:03:25

Ed Reyes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Halsey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - alex pasco, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julian Burg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Forever ... (is a long time)
00:02:47

Nathan Perez, ComposerLyricist - Benjamin Levin, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Halsey, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peder Losnegård, ComposerLyricist - Lido, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Magnus Hoiberg, ComposerLyricist - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

6
Dominic's Interlude
00:01:16

Duck Blackwell, Producer, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Jackson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Halsey, Producer, MainArtist - Peder Losnegård, ComposerLyricist - Lido, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Dominic Fike, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

7
I HATE EVERYBODY
00:02:51

Nathan Perez, ComposerLyricist - Benjamin Levin, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Halsey, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peder Losnegård, ComposerLyricist - Noonie Bao, ComposerLyricist - Lido, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Magnus Hoiberg, ComposerLyricist - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Sarah Aarons, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

8
3am Explicit
00:03:54

Ed Reyes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chad Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Moore, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Halsey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - alex pasco, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julian Burg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Without Me Explicit
00:03:21

Tim Mosley, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Storch, ComposerLyricist - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Timberlake, ComposerLyricist - Halsey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Bell, Producer, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Ricardo Gama, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel S. Acorsi, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Delacey, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Amy Allen, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2018 Capitol Records, LLC

10
Finally // beautiful stranger
00:03:41

Ed Reyes, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Halsey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - alex pasco, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julian Burg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

11
Alanis' Interlude Explicit
00:02:41

Mike Farrell, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alanis Morissette, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Halsey, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peder Losnegård, ComposerLyricist - Lido, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

12
killing boys Explicit
00:02:23

John Cunningham, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Perez, ComposerLyricist - Benjamin Levin, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nate Ruess, ComposerLyricist - Halsey, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Magnus Hoiberg, ComposerLyricist - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Johnathan Carter Cunningham, ComposerLyricist - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

13
SUGA's Interlude
00:02:18

John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Halsey, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peder Losnegård, ComposerLyricist - PDOGG, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Suga, Producer, Programming, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lido, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - BTS, MainArtist - Min Yoon Gi, ComposerLyricist - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

14
More
00:02:33

Dave Lubben, ComposerLyricist - Benjamin Levin, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Halsey, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ammar Malik, ComposerLyricist - Peder Losnegård, ComposerLyricist - Lido, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Magnus Hoiberg, ComposerLyricist - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Snevely, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Wells, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

15
Still Learning
00:03:31

John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fred, Producer - Halsey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Sheeran, ComposerLyricist - Romy Madley Croft, ComposerLyricist - Louis Bell, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Fred Gibson, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

16
929 Explicit
00:02:54

John Cunningham, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Assistant Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Halsey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ashley Frangipane, ComposerLyricist - Jeremy Vuernick, A&R - Ryan Del Vecchio, A&R Admin - Johnathan Carter Cunningham, ComposerLyricist - Jasper Sheff, Producer, Guitar, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aria McKnight, A&R

℗ 2020 Capitol Records, LLC

Album Description

As they were in the throes of completing their third studio album in 2019, Halsey told Rolling Stone the record would contain "hip-hop, rock, country, f***ing everything because it's so manic. It's soooooo manic." It was so manic, Halsey decided Manic was the right title for this high-profile album, the first they've released since 2017's Hopeless Fountain Kingdom helped turn them into a regular presence at the top of the charts. As it turns out, Manic is indeed an appropriate name for an album so filled with twists and turns it feels like a double-LP crammed into the course of a 47-minute record. Such a description is slightly misleading, though, suggesting that the album contains a series of distinct shifts in mood when it is very much a record of its moment, thrumming along to the tasteful shape-shifting hybrids that populate playlists of all genres. Listen closely, certain stylistic aspects assert themselves -- a fingerpicked guitar line rolls along here, there's a reggae bounce there -- and their choice of guest stars is telling. Alanis Morissette -- who is by some measures a clear precursor to Halsey -- vies with rapper Dominic Fike and Suga of K-pop sensations BTS for the splashiest cameo, with each of their appearances labeled as an "interlude." The lack of concrete song titles winds up emphasizing the presence of artists who cross genres, a clear sign of how Manic's seemingly scattershot appearance disguises that Halsey designed the album to appeal to as broad an audience as possible, streamlining all these sounds so they slide onto every conceivable playlist. It's a shrewd ploy that winds up not seeming crass thanks to Halsey's affectless emo bloodletting -- she never resists an opportunity to hit their target squarely on the nose, such as the "I'm so glad I never ever had a baby with you" refrain on "You Should Be Sad" -- and the clever way Manic is sequenced. The artiest, wobbliest songs start the record, followed by their saddest and starkest ballads, so it takes a while before it settles into its comfortable groove of adolescent angst doubling as AAA crossover pop. Such distinctions would be lost on the playlists individual tracks may later call home, but assembled in this fashion as a proper album, Manic showcases Halsey at their nerviest and at their best.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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