‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power,’ Halsey says, is the ‘Easiest Album’ she’s ‘Ever Written.’
If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, Halsey’s fourth studio album, was released on August 27.
The album was produced by Academy Award winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and examines the singer-experience songwriter’s with pregnancy and parenthood. If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is the “easiest album” Halsey has “ever written,” she said in an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. What it was like for Halsey to write ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power.’ Before releasing If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, Halsey had already released three albums. The singer’s debut studio album, Badlands, was released in 2015. In 2017, Halsey released Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.
In 2020, the singer-songwriter released the album Manic.
“… I got the impression that in the first two of albums you were looking for an answer to the question, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ What’s the matter with me? ‘What is it about this that appeals to me?’ Then it’s like, ‘Oh, I’ve found the answer,'” says Manic. In Halsey’s Apple Music interview, Lowe stated.
“But is this record, to some extent, about acceptance as much as it is about realization?” he added.
If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power was described by Halsey as “the easiest album I’ve ever written.”
On ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power,’ Halsey wrote the first song, ‘Lilith.’
‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power,’ wrote Halsey.
Ender, Halsey’s first child, was born in July 2021.
If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power was composed in large part while the singer-songwriter was expecting her first child.
Lowe questioned Halsey why they decided to make the record at this point in their lives during their interview with Apple Music.
“It was the simplest album I’ve ever written,” she explained. “In true Halsey form, the album writing always manifests itself as a complete contrast to how I feel in my real life.” Halsey told Lowe that she set out to write a “angry” album when she wrote Manic. However, once she started writing, the album took on a life of its own.
She said of Manic, “I was enraged when I made the record, but it presented itself in a different way.”
When Halsey was writing If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, the tone of the album didn’t match how she felt in real life.
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