After years of dropping singles, Billie Eilish has finally released her much anticipated full-length project, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. Loaded with synth-pop, acoustic guitar and piano intro’s, Eilish sets up her throne at the top of the charts, of which she is sure to dominate for a little while.
In true Billie style, the album starts off with a voice note of her talking about needing to take out her Invisalign to record her album. Moving immediately into the upbeat shoulder-moving track titled bad guy. Upon the first listen, one may think that this song is out of place for Eilish as it lacks the sadness that fans are so accustomed to hearing from the 17-year-old. However, all doubts are set aside when the chorus of “I’m that bad type, Make your mama sad type, Make your girlfriend mad type, Might seduce your dad type, I’m the bad guy, Duh” are followed by a retro-spacey sound that is almost ethereal.
While the album includes a plethora of new songs, Eilish includes the fan-fav when the party’s over. Her layered melodic crooning over the minimal use of piano minors and majors sets her apart from other songstresses and gives the phrase ‘using what you got’ a whole new meaning. Eilish being a young teen herself, tackles the complexity of a relationship in a way that leaves you wanting a sequel.
Shifting gears to what seems like a comeback song in response to when the party’s over is my strange addiction. Eilish pulls out the stops for this one and adds the unexpected; voice clips from The Office. We didn’t know we needed to hear Michael Scott on a pop album until now and so glad that she made the jump. Eilish continues the song with a chorus – which could be featured on an early Justin Timberlake album – that talks about being caught in a weird limbo with a special someone. The classic pop-esque sound mixed with her low ASMR like voice, will leave you with chills while simultaneously wanting to belt out into a hairbrush.
Towards the end of the album it becomes quite noticeable that Eilish’s mood has shifted from sad teen to angsty teen that revel’s in her own melancholic thoughts. This being a part of the role that Eilish play’s, only adds to her aesthetic and is what makes her so relatable to listeners.
Her lack of filter on what it means to be a teen growing up in the 21st century in the wake of dealing with interpersonal relationships, political issues and finding your identity is what resonates most with not only millennials but gen Z’ers who feel the need to conform and grow up.
From the production to the arrangement of the album, Eilish has released what feels to be her heart and soul pressed into a vinyl. Her dulcet tone coupled with her uncanny lyrics renders her a gifted enigma that is ready to take over 2019 – and we can’t wait to see her in her crown.