‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ came out in the summer
Trent Reznor spoke about the making of Halsey’s recent album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, saying it changed him “in a good way”.
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The Nine Inch Nails frontman co-produced the record with his regular collaborator Atticus Ross.
“I love this record,” said Ross. Board. “The one thing we didn’t change was a song or a melody. I can listen to the album and get lost on an emotional level.
“We’re always looking for things that make us feel inspired and less cynical. We came out the other end, transformed in a good way, and revitalized. It’s been invigorating and inspiring, and let me tell you.” I think we both needed it, just like how the world has been over the years.”
Halsey also revealed that he wrote a letter to Reznor, asking him to produce his fourth album.
“I was thinking, ‘Ugh, I don’t want this to be something corporate,’ ‘Hello, would you please be interested in working with our young pop star?’ So I wrote them a letter and kissed their asses as much as I could… and crossed my fingers that they would reply too,” he said.
“I was basically spoiling their work forever. Every time I started an album, I thought, ‘Okay, maybe that’s what it will be.’ But cheater syndrome is huge, and I didn’t think they knew who I was. It turns out they didn’t, but that’s okay. This time, I thought I had something special.”
Reznor acknowledged that Halsey’s letter caught his attention.
“It was interesting, and I thought, ‘It would be easy to just say no, but let’s hear some stuff.’ we have some songs [‘Easier Than Lying’, ‘1121’, ‘Whispers’ and ‘Honey’], and the original question was, ‘Can you contribute to these to help tell the story I want to tell?'” he explained.
“And we thought internally, ‘Let’s just keep the tone and try a new piece of music around the song and see what happens. Right off the bat, the songs came to life. All of a sudden, I’m bending over and listening to the song, and now I’m getting goosebumps. “
He also admitted that he was concerned about how the album, which also featured contributions from Dave Grohl, Lindsay Buckingham, Pino Palladino, would go down with Halsey’s fans.
“I think initially, we were intimidated. ‘Is this a pop star, and does that mean there’s big business involved and it has to feel a certain way?’ We don’t want to fuck it up, and we’re not out to troll,” he said. “We were imagining, to go” [the] Worst case scenario, ‘At some point, someone is going to speak intelligently to Halsey that it could be career-sabotaging because it’s not going to be a TikTok track.'”
He continued: “We were really impressed [Halsey’s] Artistic fearlessness. What matters is good music and saying something that feels authentic and communicates with people. And on a real level, it’s not filtered through an algorithm or a group-thinking element.”
The album. scored four stars from Granthshala And it was described as an “endlessly compelling artistic statement”.
Meanwhile, Halsey recently teamed up with Buckingham to perform the album’s Darling. saturday night live.