Billie Eilish is seemingly on fire at the moment, but her debut album, WHERE WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? showcases her shortfalls rather than highlighting her talents.
If you’re over the age of 21, there’s a chance you don’t understand the phenomenon surrounding Eilish who seemingly came from nowhere with an eerie, dark-pop, horror-inspired sound that Gen Z-ers connected with instantly.
Following the rightful huge and epic “bury a friend,” we were all expecting huge things and to be honest, it’s a bit of a letdown.
There are some diamonds here like “you should see me in a crown” and “my strange addiction” as well as the previously mentioned breakthrough hit, “bury a friend.” They take her unique sound and show the best of it along with her ASMR-like vocal and they are truly great.
The concept of the album is also a marvel, every song on the album is inspired and written like a dream, as Eilish suffers from sleep paralysis and has always been intrigued by dreams.
That’s where the greatness ends though.
Young people who listen to her think she’s the most unique artist ever which is far from the case and it’s frustrating that recent music history is being misrepresented in such a way.
Eilish is clearly influenced by minimalistic-pop and seemingly artist like Lorde who was a breath of fresh air back in 2013 with her sparse, emo-pop like approach to music.
If you compare the vocal approach of most of this album and those of Lorde’s debut Pure Heroine, the similarity is uncanny.
Perhaps that’s why I most of the album a little boring and uninspired (apart from it being at least five songs too long), “xanny,” “8” and “i love you” just don’t light a fire under my ass the same way they do for the younger generations.
There is no denying there’s something great about Eilish and her horror like sound, but she’s let to unlock it and show it to her full potential.
Check the album out below and let us know what you think in the comments!