Single Review: Halsey – Without Me

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Halsey launches break up anthem ‘Without Me’ as new single
Halsey launched her sophomore album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom in June 2017 and has been busy promoting the record ever since with a flow of singles and tour dates. In between, she also recorded the track ‘Him & I’ with her (ex-)boyfriend and rapper G-Eazy and more recently she appeared on the international number 1 hit ‘Eastside’ with Benny Blanco and Khalid. Now it is time for some fresh solo material again. It was not announced yet if new track ‘Without Me’ should be seen as a lead single for a third record, a Hopeless Fountain Kingdom afterthought or just a one off release, but it is out anyway!

‘Without Me’ is a break up anthem that is as much heartbreaking as it is empowering. Halsey recently went through a break up with G-Eazy (with whom she may or may not have gotten back together ever since) and the lyrics are said to be inspired by this period in her personal life. The lyrics of the contemporary sounding midtempo pop and R&B hybrid portray a relationship in which Halsey is just giving and giving and not getting anything in return. She however realizes that her ex will struggle without her: “You know I’m the one who put you up there, name in the sky. Does it ever get lonely? Thinking you could live without me”, she sings with heartbreak in her voice. In the bridge she nods to Justin Timberlake classic ‘Cry Me A River’ (with similar lyrical content) by using the lines: “You don’t have to say what you did. I already know, I found out from them.” This proper break up anthem is one of the better tunes Halsey has put her name to if you ask me!

 

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