Showing posts with label Halsey. Show all posts
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Dec 6, 2015

Halsey - New Americana - On Badlands Album (2015)

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"New Americana" is a song by American singer and songwriter Halsey taken from her debut studio album, Badlands (2015). It was written by Kalkutta, Larzz Principato, James Mtume and Halsey, while production was handled by Lido. Described as electropop and alternative pop, the song describes the normalization of aspects of counterculture, including recreational drug use. The song was released on July 10, 2015, as the second single from the album.

"New Americana" is an electropop and midtempo alternative pop song. According to the digital sheet music published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., the song is composed in the key of E♭ major with an approximate tempo of 87 BPM and a vocal range of B♭3-C5. The track also includes a sample of "Juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G. Halsey's voice is layered on the chorus, which was inspired by Pink Floyd's similarly-themed hit, "Another Brick in the Wall".

"New Americana" received mixed reviews from critics. The song received a warm reception from radio programmers, with D.J. Zane Lowe of Apple Beats Music saying of Halsey that "there's a new icon there", and that the song was "big". It has been labelled by critics, including Billboard, USA Today, and The New York Times, as a "generational anthem" for millennials.

Green Baron of Sputnikmusic, however, labelled the song Halsey's "worst foray into the world of songwriting", and found the lyrics to be "incredibly forced" and "too try-hard". Nathan Reese of Pitchfork was similarly unconvinced by the song's lyrics, describing the song as "plasticky" and superficial where it aimed to be inspirational.