Review: Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish; Darkroom, Interscope

Billie Eilish; Darkroom, Interscope

On March 29, 2019, American singer Billie Eilish released her debut studio album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” The songs “You Should See Me in a Crown” and “When the Party’s Over” was released as the first two singles from the album. According to Billboard, Eilish is the first artist born in the 2000s to have a number 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.

The first single and fourth track, “You Should See Me In a Crown” was released on July 18, 2018. At the beginning of the song, Eilish lulls the listener into a false murmured, soft words until the song does a complete 180 and drops a heavy base drop that changes the song completely. The song is one of the best of the album, showcasing her talent and lyrical prowess.

“Bad Guy,” the fifth single and second track off of the album, was released on March 29, 2019. The song can be best explained as a pop-trap song with not much variety in sounds, such as the bass and some amplified snaps. The sounds are unique but stay consistent throughout the song. “Bad Guy” stays with Eilish’s style of soft-spoken words doing songs and it worked perfectly.

The third track, “Xanny,” shares a much more intense bass, the kind that could blast apart even the sturdiest pair of headphones. While it has the heavy bass, it also has a small jazz sound mixed into it. Throughout the song, the bass even starts to override Eilish’s words, giving it a robotic, rippling sound. Though, the robotic, rippling sound ruins parts of the song, making it less desirable to hear. But despite that, the song’s lyrics perfectly capture teen angst and the struggle of anxiety.

The third single and the 10th track, “Bury a Friend” was released on January 30, 2019. In this song, her voice is much more audible and it’s easier to listen to. The beats in the background seem to sound like there is a knock at the door at some points, but other times, it just sounds like random beats. The song does have an unsettling undertone, so those random beats could be purposeful. But despite the unsettling undertone, the song has something that just makes it so serene. It isn’t a favorite, but it isn’t the worst as well.

The fourth single and sixth track, “Wish You Were Gay,” was released on March 4, 2019. The song was good, it wasn’t overbearing like other songs in the album. But, it faced heavy controversy. The song has been criticized as queerbaiting and offensive to the LGBTQ community, though Eilish replied back, saying that the song was “kind of a joke.” The song sounds just like that – a joke. It didn’t come off as offensive, maybe her words before online, but definitely not the song.

The album was a unique mash of sounds and styles that came together to form a neatly done album. With this album, Eilish proved that her musical prowess is a force to be reckoned with, despite being so young.