Billie Eilish | WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO? | Album Review
Darkroom / Interscope
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Before the release of her only album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO?, Billie Eilish climbed to the top for indie pop fans. With only one prior EP and a handful of singles, Eilish’s debut record leads the way for a new pop generation, securing her place at the top of the genre.
Unified through hushed vocals over minimal instrumental backings and loud-as-hell bass, all tracks create a haunting feel, inviting listeners to think about everything dark and monstrous.
Each track delves into Eilish’s brooding stage persona with vulnerable lyrics over powerful beats of pounding bass and ASMR-like textures. Ringing bells and distant dishes clang in “bury a friend,” balancing with the staccato bassline. An air hostess’ instructions soften the acoustic ballad “i love you” to give it a nearly disembodied feel. Songs like “xanny” combine traditional elements of jazz drums with a heartbeat-like bass pattern to unify the record as a whole.
Eilish’s down-to-earth personality shines throughout the dark album. A joke about pulling out her Invisalign in opening track “!!!!!!!” guides listeners into the record. Simultaneously brooding and humorous “my strange addiction” unites a pounding beat with samples from the “Threat Level Midnight” episode of The Office. With the mysterious aura of the record, Eilish establishes that she still doesn’t take herself too seriously, even though her stage persona is that of a wrecking ball.
Each track in WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO? has the energy to electrify a sold-out arena, all the while maintaining the vibe of a vulnerable conversation with a close friend. For her debut album, Billie Eilish established herself as the posterchild for a new era of pop music. It truly won’t be long before she’s seen in a crown.