Billie Eilish is a Los Angeles singer and songwriter. Recently, Eilish has been viewed by the media as this teenage sensation and saying how creative and talented she is even though she is only 17 years old. A lot of people who have started to recognize Eilish’s music have called her an industry plant, saying that she is practically a robot that the music business has built and nothing about her persona is genuine or unique. In terms of her music, I found her sound to be quite boring. Her one project, Don’t Smile at me was a snoozefest and just too moody for my taste. I will be honest, I was not looking forward to listening to her debut album, but my interest was peaked with some singles that I really enjoyed in “wish you were gay’ and “bad guy”.
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is the full-length debut from Eilish. Her older brother, Finneas, has done the production for her work leading up to this and is also the producer for this album. Leading into this album, she has released music videos and singles to promote the project. She has plastered her videos with uneasy and graphic visuals from black liquid bursting from her eyes, needles being plunged into her skin, to triggering arachnophobia for many viewers in the “you should see me in a crown” video. To some, they are going to see these videos as vile and they should not be used for music, but I do appreciate the wild and horror-movie style that Eilish takes to these videos because it is unlike what other basic, mainstream pop artists are putting out. The contradiction of Eilish’s feathery and whispery vocals with a very deep, grisly dubstep bass are what contribute to the best parts of this project, which is most of it. If I were to compare her to other artists, she is a blend of Tyler, the Creator with her zany, out-of-left-field visuals, and Lorde with her creativity and affection for the goth culture.
A lot of pretentious music listeners and critics are most likely going to bash and trash the album because Billie Eilish is “music Tumblr for this generation”, but I do not see where the sentiment is coming from. Is her music pretty moody? Yes, but if her lyricism, vocal performance and production are effective than that is what we want. An artist that brings a whole new flavor to the pop genre is highly needed with all the formulaic and radio-friendly sounds that you hear from all the artists in the genre. If this is the style that Eilish takes for the future, then good for her. Bring the uniqueness, bring the dark imagery, bring the gothness. I shockingly loved this album and I cannot wait to see what Billie Eilish does in the future.
Richest tracks: “bad guy”, “you should see me in a crown”, “all the good girls go to hell”, “wish you were gay”, “when the party’s over”, “8”, “my strange addiction”, “bury a friend”, “ilomilo”