The Buccaneer Reviews: ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ by Halsey

Jillian Bragg, Staff Writer

Halsey’s album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power was released as a film, to watch, and listen through the entire track list. 

The film can now be accessed on HBO Max instead of the original theater strict viewing. It is rated R for graphic nudity, some sexual content, violence and language. The album can be accessed over any streaming app. 

The 13-track album was released to all platforms on Aug. 27, while the film was finally released on Oct. 7, for all viewers.

“This is the album I have always wanted to make, but never believed I was cool enough,” Halsey wrote on social media.

Halsey had worked with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross throughout the album’s production.

 “As it would have it fate, or hard work or something led me to Trent and Atticus,” she commented, thanking them for the help they offered to not only the creative process.

She also took to Twitter to talk about certain behind the scenes of writing and creating some of the songs.

“The song was so stuck in my head after I wrote it, that I was drawing so much stuff about it!” she replied to a fan who reposted the artwork that went along with the song, ‘The Lighthouse.’ They also talked about some of their favorite lyrics she wrote for the album. 

Many inspirations for this album had to do with the pregnancy Halsey announced, this year on Jan. 27, through Instagram. Their song ‘1121’ was based on the day she found out about the pregnancy, while ‘Darling’ was written for her son as a type of lullaby. 

The film focuses more on her pregnancy and personal story-line, but in a rather dark and digress way. 

The album rose to number two on the Billboard 200 after release, showing just the success this album really was. 

The IMDb rating for the album/film was a 7.0 out of 10 in the US. The Buccaneer’s official rating for the album is an 8 out of 10. The music was all unique and felt new. Some songs may not fit to everyone’s taste, but all around, listening to the entire album was an enjoyable experience.

If given the chance, give the album a listen through a streaming sight, Spotify, Apple Music, or other streaming services. Definitely worth the listen!