The Skinny: It’s been a while since I’ve fallen this hard for a new artist. Her voice is reminiscent of Taylor Swift and Ellie Goulding at times but her style is comparative to Lorde and Lana Del Rey. Although this is essentially a “pop” album with melodies that can rival those of any top 40 artist, her lyrics are more substantial and though-provoking than most. She is one of those few talents that truly delivers the total package on their debut album and demands multiple listens to appreciate its complexity. If you’re looking for a new escape, Badlands is it.

Rating: ★★★★★

Favorite Tracks:
1. New Americana
2. Colors
3. Ghost
4. Castle
5. Roman Holiday

The Tits: Hurricane

Random Fact: “Halsey” is an anagram of the 20 year-old artist’s first name, Ashley. It also rhymes with “ballsy”.

Let me start by saying this will be the longest post I’ll ever make so do not be intimidated by it’s length (that’s what she said). My purpose for this blog is to give short, no filler record reviews within 5 sentences or less to provide you with more time to wax off and the best material to do so. Vinyl is also referred to as “wax” for any who may already be lost – hang in there!!

I’m very excited to launch this blog as vinyl records are a huge passion of mine. Although I’ve only been collecting records for a little over a year new, I have always appreciate their aesthetic and marveled at how they work… a needle producing sound from what is essentially a piece of plastic is nucking futs in my opinion.

Some may ask “why vinyl?” – the main answer is superior sound quality. There is no doubt that vinyl has what many refer to as a “warmer” and higher-definition sound than any other medium. However, there is a lot more to it than just this for me. For example, when was the last time that you sat down and gave your undivided attention to an album? Whether you are listening to an album on a CD, digital format or online streaming service, chances are you typically skip to your favorite song or skim through the album tracks without giving the entire work a proper chance.

Additionally, the physical aspect of setting a record on a platter and dropping the needle on it is oddly satisfying and warrants an episode of TLC’s My Strange Addiction. The artwork is another added bonus that enhances the listening experience on a physical level. When is the last time you heard someone say “Wow, what an impressive CD collection you have!” – you’re not alone, I’ve never heard this either. Also, most new record releases usually come with digital downloads so you have the option to listen to the album however you’d like.

Lastly, if I could give one piece of advice to anyone looking to start a record collection it would be to start with a solid record player. This doesn’t mean that it has to be expensive, I personally paid about $100 for an Audio Technica LP-60 which is fully automatic and has a handy “pause” button; but whatever you do, avoid Crosley record players at all costs unless you are interested in seeing how an Adele record can produce the sounds of Skrillex after only a few listens.