Eilish’s ‘WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP’ Awakens Night Terrors

Jaydi Swanson, Views Editor

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In her new album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” artist Billie Eilish speaks more of nightmares than of dreams.

This is the 17-year-old singer’s first full album, and while she may be celebrating its success (it had the most pre-orders on Apple Music of all time) the album itself is anything but happy.

In fact, it’s pretty creepy and depressing. It starts with “!!!!!!!” which is actually just an intro, but it showcases Eilish’s free-spirited personality and welcomes the listener. That warm invitation disappears when the first song starts.

All of the songs contain a dark theme, which isn’t new to Eilish’s style but is amplified even more. Sex, drugs, murder, addictions and general self-destructiveness thrive in her lyrics.

Sure, we’ve all heard songs like that before, so it’s not like most people will feel insulted or violated. The disappointment of this album has more to do with Eilish’s vocals than the lyrics themselves. If you’ve heard some of her older music, like “ocean eyes,” “lovely” or “idontwannabeyouanymore,” then you’ve heard Eilish’s insane range and control, which is extremely impressive for her age.

On the new album, it feels like those vocals are missing, only showing up in a few songs, such as “when the party’s over,” which was released as a single and quickly became one of her most-played songs on Spotify.

Still, there are many things on this album that can be appreciated. Eilish and her brother/producer Finneas O’Connell experimented with a lot of interesting beats, background vocals and creepy sounds. This makes the songs fun to listen to but only for so long. A lot of them don’t have the potential to be popular songs to sing along to, but the artistic ability can absolutely be seen.

One of my favorite songs on the album is “wish you were gay,” a sad love song that is pretty true to Eilish’s old style. As for her new vibe, “bury a friend,” showcases the creativity and creepiness of the album with its background growling and lyrics about murder.

And while some of these songs might not make it to the radio, maybe radio hits aren’t what Eilish was looking for. She wants to make music that people enjoy, but she has never been one to conform. If you appreciate her outspoken, confident individuality, then “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” will keep you up all night.

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