Billie Eilish’s debut album is here! The 14-track project WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? is one of my most anticipated albums this year. It’s hard to mention Billie without bringing up her age – 17. That’s mostly due to the fact she’s an extraordinary talent making music well beyond her years and has seen absolutely massive success to go along with it.
I feel like most artists who reach that level of success with a fanbase having such a young demographic are typically on the corny end of the spectrum pushing heavily commercialized records. But not Billie. She’s unapologeticly herself at all times and has a experimental, unique sound. The combination of her one-of-a-kind voice, dark & honest songwriting, and boundary pushing production (courtesy of her brother Finneas O’Connel) put her in a lane all by herself.
WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? features previously released singles like “you should see me in a crown,” “when the party’s over,” “bury a friend,” and “wish you were gay.” The way Billie’s voice is used is incredible. It’s essentially it’s own instrument, pushed to the limit and expressed in many different timbre. From angelic falsetto to a deeper talking voice, to sounding like a child on “8” and everywhere in between, each tone is interesting in it’s own way. The song structure and engineering pushes the vocals to the limit. There’s many moments where different tones are layered on top of one another, creating a unique depth. Finneas also is a master of tastefully adding just the right amount of distortion and incorporating vocals into the production by panning them left and right. On her debut album Billie displays her insane vocal range on full display, and it sounds good at every level. The songwriting is also unmistakeable as her and Finneas have continuously delivered catchy, intricate songs I can’t get enough of.
Throughout the project the production is next level. At times it’s thunderous and abrasive. At others it’s relaxing and dreamy. The album does a great job juxtaposing various sounds and moods, switching between unsettling and dark forward-thinking production to minimal with a dreamy, acoustic focus. it’s been clear for some time that Billie Eilish is going to be a force to be reckoned with for years, and her debut album only further solidifies her talents. Enjoy!