In a weeks time time Halsey will unveil her third studio album ‘Manic’ to the world and will share a vulnerable side to her that she’s been waiting to highlight in a direct and bold way.
However before you get to dive into the world of ‘Manic’, the New Jersey singer-songwriter is giving fans one last chance to immerse themselves in a song and give a playful hint of the experimentation that is yet to come on the record.
‘You Should Be Sad’ is a pop track that is layered in country influences and hears her using this genre experimentation to push the boundaries on her storytelling and get extra confessional within the lyrics.
Reflecting on a relationship she was in, she wants to unapologetically tell her truth and make sure that people understand that personal expression is okay.
“Got no anger, got no malice. Just a little bit of regret” she admits during the first verse of the song before laying down her real feelings during the pre-chorus. “No, you’re not half the man you think that you are. And you can’t fill the hole inside of you with money, drugs, and cars cause you can’t love nothing unless there’s something in it for you” she confesses.
She doesn’t hold back throughout the whole song and continues to spit pure fire in the most authentic and tasteful way. In the chorus she sings euphorically “I feel so sorry, I feel so sad. I tried to help you, it just made you mad” as she comes to terms with the events and how they played out.
The production is lead by an acoustic guitar with a country influenced vocal twang that allows the flow of the song to rapidly roll out a lot of lyrics and keep the story at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
As the song continues to grow there is a slight percussion beat added and soaring strings that adds to that cinematic feeling that the country influences open up.
This is definitely a different sound to what we’ve heard from Halsey in the past but it also just works so fluidly. She’s an artist that can really pull off any sound she sets her mind to because she really believes in it and captures the raw energy so purely.
And don’t even get me started on the music video because she SMASHED IT.