Halsey: Badlands

Meet your new favorite pop star: 20 years old with a knack for sticky imagery

Images on this 20-year-old New Yorker's debut flicker by like broadcasts from a battlefield or texts from a party: the man with his hands around a pretty girl's throat, the rich kid with a designer bag full of airplane liquor bottles, the father putting his fist through a wall when his daughter sneaks off to meet someone in the city. The music recalls Lorde or Rihanna heard from across a suburban football field, and it wears out faster than the lyrics — which vibrate with the twists and turns of a young woman taking command of her body, mind, and then the world.