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producer If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power

Halsey’s fourth studio album, If I Can’t Have Love I Want Power, arrived on Friday with no pre-released singles. In an unconventional rollout choice for a big pop project these days, the first taste the general public got of the highly-anticipated album was on release day, when it quickly became obvious that the 13-track-project wouldn’t be like any of the music they’ve released previously.

The third to last track on the record, “I am not a woman, I’m a god” puts the overarching concept of the album into sharp focus. While the sentiment of its title may betray you into think it’s aligned with Ariana Grande’s plush sex-centered anthem “God Is A Woman,” Halsey’s lyrics offer a more intense and philosophical meditation on the fraught relationship between godliness and womanhood — and, really, any body with the ability to give birth. Over a buzzing, shuffling beat dotted with classical flourishes, Halsey sings opaquely about having a “a smile where my frown goes” and skeletons buried in her yard, but the song’s chorus is where their writing shines the clearest.

“I am not a woman, I’m a god/ I am not a martyr, I’m a problem/ I am not a legend, I’m a fraud,” they sing, using terms that have historically been ascribed to problematic and significant women throughout history. It’s a gesture towards the Madonna-Whore complex — a concept coined by Freud in which women are seen as either pure, godly Madonna figures or sexually corrupted whores — which has been on Halsey’s mind, as of late. They references it in a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, saying explicitly that that dichotomy is “actually kind of what the record is about.”

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