The Anti-Pop Album Every Music Lover Should Hear

Abigail Bovard
Staff Reporter

At 17 years old Billie Eilish seemed to have come up out of nowhere with her first album. Photo courtesy of Billie Eilish on Instagram.

With her first ever album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?,” Billie Eilish continues breaking barriers within the music industry. With only singles and an EP in her discography, Eilish’s album spent the week of April 13 at number one on the Billboard Hot 200 list. Eilish is also the first person born in the 2000s to appear on this list.  Not to mention, Eilish writes and produces all of her music with her brother, Finneas O’Connell, in his old childhood bedroom.

The album starts off with a funny intro entitled “!!!!!!!” of her and Finneas laughing about Eilish removing her invisalign retainers. It quickly moves into one of the best songs on the album, “bad guy,” which is basically an anthem for those who enjoy being bad for the sake of bad things. Carried by just the bass and a simple beat, the song is extremely catchy and begs to be danced to. The vocals are slightly lacking, however, since Eilish is basically speaking throughout the song.

The album then moves into the song called “xanny,” which is a play on the popular drug xanax. The song overall has an anti-drug and anti-smoking message that people of all ages could hear. The production on “xanny” is incredible, yet, it does not seem to fit well within the first half of the album because of the slower structure of the song.

The next song, “you should see me in a crown,” uses crazy changes in the production to compliment Eilish’s voice. Overall this song lacks the substance that most of the album has, with no pertinent message behind it.  The cool production continues with “all the good girls go to hell.” The fantastic use of a synth that somehow does not make it sound like a cheesy ‘80s song. It has a slower feel to it, but still seems like it can be danced to.

The album then has an interesting transition into “wish you were gay.” The title came with a bit of controversy, but the song is supposed to be seen as a joke. This is the first song that truly shows off how beautiful Eilish’s voice is. Instead of her sort-of speaking, this song shows off her vocal range a little bit more than the others. The next song, “when the party’s over,” also shows off Eilish’s angelic voice that shines over the already stunning music. It’s one of the most heartbreaking songs because of the flowing piano in the background and the extremely real lyrics that many can relate to.

The song “8” is an abrupt change into a ukulele song. Eilish voice is high-pitched, but once the song gets further in, her voice turns to her normal pitch. It really shines on the album due to the difference from the rest. The next song, “my strange addiction,” uses one of the best samples of 2019. The song features lines from the “Threat Level Midnight” episode of “The Office” and uses a beat similar to the dance scene in the same episode. This song is definitely an easy one to dance to and even do the “Michael Scarn” to.

The album then goes into one of the darkest songs called “bury a friend.” This song probably has the best production on the album. It features sounds such as a dentist drill and breaking glass. It then flows right into one of the best songs on the album “ilomilo,” which has an indescribable feeling to it. Eilish’s voice sounds absolutely stunning on this song.

The album then takes a dark turn into “listen before i go” that features some of the most heartbreaking lyrics that include apologizing to friends and even has sirens throughout the song. Keeping the darkness going, in “i love you,” Eilish’s voice is truly tear-jerking. The song uses the beautiful combination of guitar and piano and also has amazing harmonies throughout. “goodbye” is an amazing closer to the album as it features lyrics from each song on the album and is almost haunting.

“WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” is definitely an interesting listen, and really has no prominent genre to it. There are a couple songs that do not necessarily fit into the album, but each song has its own unique sound while the album still stays cohesive. Overall it has amazing production, and the last half really shows off how beautiful Eilish’s voice is. This album is probably the best of 2019 so far.

8 out of 10 Torches

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