Young artist deviates from pop conventions on first feature album


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Billie Eilish’s EP ‘Dont Smile at Me’ peaked at no. 14 on the Billboard Hot 200 Album this past February. ‘WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO’ currently has an 80 Metacritic score.

Sierra Rozen , Viewpoints Editor

In what will undoubtedly be remembered as one of 2019’s most anticipated album releases, 17-year-old indie pop prodigy Billie Eilish dropped her debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO,” this past Friday.

Eilish is unlike most of her fellow teen-pop competitors. With visuals that could come straight out of “American Horror Story” and a wardrobe that consists of baggy sweatpants and sweatshirts, Eilish portrays a very anti-pop image.

Fans of her E.P. “dont smile at me,” will not be disappointed with her newest creation. Her signature style of whispered vocals layered with eerie harmonies and sound effects are still present, while her lyrics veer towards a more sadistic side.

Sadistic, meaning that her lyrics of pain and desperation all seem to be sung with a smug smile on her face. This is found on multiple tracks like, “bury a friend,” and “bad guy.”

I’m that bad type, make your mama sad type, make your girlfriend mad type, might seduce your dad type,” she rasps during the chorus of “bad guy.” The lyrics seem to be used for shock value, but listeners will no doubt picture Eilish saying this to them with a, “come at me,” smile.

Eilish also has her signature snarky lines that were present on her E.P., seen in the song, “all the good girls go to hell.”

“Man is such a fool, why are saving him? Poisoning themselves now begging for our help, wow,” is a line almost guaranteed to make listener’s giggle as she raps about the downfall of man in an almost bored voice.

Fans of Eilish’s first song “ocean eyes” will be delighted to find that there are still small moments of delicacy sprinkled throughout the album.

“when the party’s over,” the second single from the album, finds the singer crooning about the difficulties between her and a lover while she is home alone, caught up in self-reflection.

Not only does Eilish deliver a solid album, but she also provides stunning visuals to accompany some of her songs. From needles being stabbed into her back, to a tarantula crawling its way out of her mouth and a tall glass of black liquid causing her to cry black tears, Eilish has it all.

The singer even went as far as to set up an interactive, one weekend only experience to accompany the album. Described as a “multi-sensory moment” by MTV, multiple rooms were created to match up with the 14 tracks, showing that Eilish truly cares about her fans experience with the album.

The only downfall to the album would be the similarity between tracks. In no way does Eilish ever stray away from her formulaic vocal and beat combinations. However, as the saying goes, the method is tried and true. If it creates magic, then so be it for a writer to discredit it.

Overall, “WHEN WE…” is a fantastic debut album from an artist that isn’t even old enough to vote. You’ll want to give this a listen before Eilish blows up even more than she already has.