Top critical review
Doesn't Live Up to the Hype
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2019
I work in the music industry and rarely want or need to buy albums based on hype. But for whatever reason, I actually spent money on "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" I think that it was partially the hype (including the recommendation of a friend of mine whose opinion I truly value) combined with the fact that I wanted to prove to myself that there's still some good "pop" music being made today.
Well... I can tell you that there really IS a lot of good music being made today. But this isn't necessarily it. "Bad Guy," the first proper song on "When We All Fall Asleep," is catchy and clever enough. But nothing else on the album really warrants a second spin. This is mainly unremarkable lyrics married to beats that anyone with a computer could have programmed. It's not terrible but it doesn't even come close to living up to the hype. If you're 15, I can understand why Eilish might be your thing. But very few people over the age of 30 would be able to find anything relatable or rewarding in her music.