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"When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" Billie Eilish

by Taylor Inman - 89.1 The Point
Thu, Apr 11th 2019 04:00 pm

Billie Eilish, 17, is just getting started with her debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” Young but powerful, she lets everyone know that she is going to be heard. The soundtrack starts with an audio clip labeled “!!!!!!!” where she says, “I have taken out my Invisalign and this is the album.” This phrase is complemented by some ASMR worthy sounds. 

The rest of the album follows her style of borderline gothic originality. Eilish refuses to conform to the norms of pop culture and is authentically herself, no matter what trends society pushes. She is redefining the industry and waiting for everyone else to catch up. This album affirms to whoever is listening that they can be whoever and whatever they want to be, regardless of society’s perceptions. 

As a whole, you can expect each song to be different from the one before. From the unique futuristic beats to the heartbreaking ballads, this album has it all. The songs were inspired by Billie’s nightmares and other sleep troubles. However, all of the lyrics consist of different topics. This is truly the Eilish experience. 

Eilish starts off the album with “Bad Guy” where she makes it clear she’s the girl you’ve been warned about. “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.” The tough lyrics match this bass heavy song. Alien-like beats flow into the chorus until the song takes a sharp turn. It is as if this song meshes into a completely different one where the beat stops suddenly and starts up slower and heavier. Eilish cynically whispers, sparking some more intimidating vibes. 

“All Good Girls Go to Hell” is an anthem of maliciousness with hints of irony even in the title. The song starts with some bells ringing in the background and opens with the line, “My Lucifer is lonely.” This is Eilish expressing how her devilish side needs some company. The instrumentals in this song compliment the delicacy of her voice. There is less toughness and a lighter shrill of high-pitched tones in all aspects of this song.

The next song, “Wish You Were Gay” follows the same vibes with Eilish’s smoky voice. This is a song about how the boy that Billie likes doesn’t like her back, so she wishes that he was gay. The title comes off as an anthem for the LGBTQ society, but when you listen to the lyrics it is not true. Eilish could have named the song better so that it was less queerbaiting. 

Overall, this album is a must-listen as Eilish starts off her career with a bang. There is diversity with the topics of each song, but all have the same touch of uniqueness that Eilish brings to the table. The beats of the songs range from light melodies to heavy bass and futuristic tones. The rarity of Eilish’s voice is like a storm rolling in. Setting trends in the music industry, fashion and pop culture alike, keep an eye out for Eilish. 

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