Connor Watson, Staff Writer
On March 29, 17-year-old artist Billie Eilish released her debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go.” The long-teased album broke Apple Music’s pre-add feature with 800,000 albums added. The album has also received many favorable reviews: Rolling Stone gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars, The Times gave 4 out of 5 stars, and NME gave 5 out of 5 stars, while also receiving an 80 out of 100 on Metacritic.
Eilish’s debut album consists of 14 tracks coming to a run time of 42 minutes and 48 seconds. Leading singles from the album include: “You Should See Me in a Crown,” “When the Party’s Over,” “Bury a Friend,” “Wish You Were Gay” and “Bad Guy.” All released in the span of eight months, the album had long been waited for by fans of the young star.
The album’s lyrical content touches on many subjects, ranging from mental health, drug use and social life. The first single, “You Should See Me in a Crown,” is a song about confidence and understanding your self-worth. The hook of the song is: “You should see me in a crown/I’m gonna run this nothing town/Watch me make ‘em bow.” This line is full of confidence and Eilish wants her audience to know that she is just now hitting her stride.
One track that really stood out to listeners was “Xanny.” This song revolves around the issues of drug abuse in younger people, and for a good reason. There seems to be an attitude among younger people that doing drugs like Xanax is acceptable, and this stems from the music they listen to and the culture surrounded by it. There is a rapper with the stage name “Lil Xan,” for example. What Eilish, who is known for being “straight edge,” is trying to convey is: Drugs will have a negative impact on your life. In her lines: “Bring ashtrays to the table/And that’s about the only thing they share” and “I don’t need a xanny to make me feel better” depicts the image of someone who is abusing drugs and as a result is selfish; the lines further depict a hint of shaming toward someone who abuses drugs. This track is a breath of fresh air from the kind of music that glorifies drug use.
“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” has been described as pop, electropop and trap. She is unique in her vocal style, too—singing in a low tone and almost a whisper. It draws the listener in to hear what she is saying and by doing that we can better understand the message of her songs. Her songs are produced by her brother, Finneas, who is an actor starring in the shows “Glee” and “Modern Family,” as well as the movie “Bad Teacher.” With his help, she wrote all her songs and music.
With her brother in the studio to help guide her, it seems that Billie Eilish may be around for the long haul. With her unique sense of style and quirkiness, Eilish is just what this world needs more of.