Halsey has always been very honest in her songwriting however she’s used a character to portray these emotions in the past and somewhat safely hid behind that. But now she’s releasing the first song that she truly feels like Ashley, and not just Halsey. ‘Without Me’ sonically continues the alternative pop meets hip-hop influences that her last record explored and gives you this vibey standalone track. Reflecting on the public nature of her relationships she questions her vulnerabilities and why she still gets treated badly in relationships even though she gives her all. “I said I’d catch you if you fall and if they laugh, then fuck em all. And then I got you off your knees, put you right back on your feet just so you could take advantage of me”. It’s very personal and honest and will become an instant favourite for her long term fans. However sonically it is very predictable. Whilst she is opening herself up in a new way she’s still giving you the same sound her last album perfected. It doesn’t really evolve and comfortably sits between ‘Eastside’ and ‘Bad At Love’. The safe production sadly makes this song a little forgettable and if she wanted to be completely raw she should have maybe stripped everything back.