Mainstream alternative-pop royalty Halsey’s latest release, ‘Manic: Confessional EP’, is an intimately divulgent addendum to her third studio album, ‘Manic’.
Ashley– now stripped of her stage name and authentically self-humanized– tells listeners she was born at “9:29 on 9/29” as the EP’s candid introduction “929” opens a dialogue of unmitigated self-reflection formulated into a ranting stream of consciousness, a motif that progressively evolves.
“More” maturely traverses one of the singer’s most lyrically vulnerable sides, detailing the tragedy surrounding a confronted miscarriage and its anchoring grief with raw, resounding emotion. Timeless classic Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is the springboard for “clementine”‘s unique delivery, and upbeat tracks like “3am” and the tenacious “Graveyard” resolve any impressions of lasting somberness.
Overall demonstrating the shedding of her edgier ‘Badlands’-era skin in favor of continuing a more meaningful narrative, listeners will find ‘Manic: Confessional EP’ portrays Halsey as her most genuine self without straying from her trademark sound.
OVERALL RATING: 4½ stars