To say Ingrid Michaelson is prolific is an understatement: In just a decade, she has released six albums (five of which have charted) and ten singles (eight charted). But to say she’s an emotional multitasker? That’s a relatively new accomplishment for her.

The love’s-labors-lost banger “Hell No,” is her first single in a year. It’s also surprisingly playful. Because over the past two years, Michaelson has grappled with not only the personal and familial sickness chronicled in her previous album, Light’s Out, but also the death of her mother and demise of her marriage. For some, it can take a lifetime to navigate the stages of so much grief. But Michaelson did it in record time.

Her new album, the aptly named It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense (out August 26, Cabin 24/RED), is a powerfully honest time capsule of her undoings and rebirths. “Allowing myself to not try to make everything make sense was freeing for me,” explains the New York-based singer. “Life doesn’t always make sense.”