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Third studio album from the New Jersey pop artist Ashley Nicolette Frangipane

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Manic revels in the explorative genre-pop bombast, letting the delicates twinkle, and the snarls bare their teeth; yet it's the soul that shines dominantly. It's her most complete work to date
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  2. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A worthwhile sonic journey that touches on nearly every emotion possible
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  3. 8.1 |   Earbuddy

    Manic is a tumultuous journey to self-discovery. Halsey doesn't land on an answer, but the ride is fun
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  4. 8.0 |   Q

    Magnificently raw pop confessional. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The 25-year-old has been toying with the left field ever since the release of her 2014 debut album ‘Badlands’, but she has never cast her net quite as widely as this
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  6. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It all adds up to a very enjoyable record, one that fits in well with the current pop landscape while also working beyond it
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  7. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The singer’s refusal to pick a lane is what makes the album her most compelling effort to date
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  8. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Her most personal album to date
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  9. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    On her third album the singer explores her twentysomething angst and chases her bliss
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    Manic showcases Halsey at her nerviest and at her best
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  11. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Her openness and lyrical specificity make listening to the 25-year-old’s dramatic third album feel like reading someone else’s diary
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  12. 8.0 |   NME

    Halsey has always kept her true personality partially obscured in her music. Here, though, she invites us into the world of Ashley Frangipane
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  13. 8.0 |   The Music

    Halsey's third album sees her change up her sound and swap theatrics for realness
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  14. 7.0 |   Clash

    Manic’ is an imperfect collection of tracks - with high peaks of sheer genius along with the low falls - but it still manages to fill eyes with tears, hearts with love and minds with thoughts as it explores the life and times of a 25-year-old in startling, stark detail
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  15. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Halsey peels away the layers and exposes the woman behind the persona
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  16. 6.8 |   Paste Magazine

    The undefinable pop star aims to paint a clearer image of herself by putting her loves and ambitions on full display
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  17. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Halsey’s intentions are always loud and clear, but too often the music doesn’t live up to them
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  18. 6.5 |   Pitchfork

    Written from her own perspective, Halsey’s third album flips lonely self-awareness into a kind of strength. But some of its most compelling moments are overpowered by the tedium of modern pop
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  19. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Deeply confessional, scathing and muddled
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  20. 4.0 |   No Ripcord

    The real problem is that the best ideas are outvoted by frustrating ones
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