SINGLE REVIEW: Halsey feat. Lauren Jauregui – Strangers
Halsey is preparing to release her sophomore studio album “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” next week but before we get to hear it in it’s entirety she’s decided to drop one more song. “Strangers” is a strong synth track which is also probably the most pop we have heard her be. The pulsing synths drive the verse like a groovy baseline while her vocals dance around this emotional storyline. It’s Halsey’s first openly LGBTQ song where she uses female pronouns instead of gender neutral ones. She explains about meeting an ex-girlfriend for the first time at a party and the intense feelings that followed and the caution she had of falling in love. “We’re not lovers, we’re just strangers with the same damn hunger to be touched, to be loved, to feel anything at all”. The song features Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony and she brings soulful vocals that harmonise well with Halseys raw delivery. It’s a catchy track that does grow on you with each listen. However it is a “mainstream pop” sounding track which is very different to Halsey’s usual brash, rebellious and raw indie-pop which we haven’t heard yet from the promo singles. So hopefully we haven’t lost her completely because that was kinda her thing. But otherwise this song is a bit of a bop.