Halsey is one of the most talked about artists of the past few years. Each album seems to bring a new experience, a new journey they’re looking to take their fans on. And ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ is no different. With the help of Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, along with Dave Grohl’s drums and Lindsey Buckingham’s guitar assisting on tracks, Halsey has accomplished yet another rebirth, and this time with a grunge twist.
The themes of childbirth, misogyny, and the patriarchy are surrounded by clanging drums and lilting piano notes. This dichotomy was chosen specifically in order to represent how childbirth and breastfeeding is not always the beautiful picture society makes it out to be. Motherhood can be transcendent, but it can also be bloody and brutal. Through songs “The Tradition” and “I am not a woman, I’m a god,” Halsey proves they no longer will ask for permission for anything from anyone. Other songs like “1121” seem to embrace the new love they feel for their newborn child Halsey gave birth to in July.
While the album proclaims the need for power instead of love, the actual songs and lyrics seem to ask the question, why not have both?
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