Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2019
Opening with a track like Bad Guy, Billie Eilish seemingly delivers on the first track of her debut album. With a deliberate soft-served tempo, and deep bass, Bad Guy will have you hiding your dad. Continuing, with Xanny, a haunting ballet telling Billies’ experience with youth who have not been sticking to a sober mentality, and delivers her commentary on overly-glorified drug habits. Changing gears, to You Should See Me In A Crown, for fans of Billie this is likely a surprising track to see, as her past work has talked about her lack of confidence in herself, YSSMIAC, takes a different approach, praising herself and that joyous feeling of feeling like you own the world. Going a bit darker, we go to All The Good Girls Go To Hell. With a mesmerizing beat that sounds like you’d hear it in an early ‘00s masterpiece, ATGGGTH, delivers with a dark track about giving up on the beliefs of religion, and God as a whole. Anguishing through, to Wish You Were Gay, a mid-tempo track about how Billie wishes a crush of hers would simply come out as gay, to spare her the pride of this romantic interest not feeling the same. Soaring, into possibly the darkest track of this album, When The Party’s Over. When The Party’s Over delivers as a ballet, while the songs meaning is not entirely clear, the music video suggests this could be about alcoholism. As she drinks a black substance, and it comes spewing through her eyes, fans took this as a metaphor, going to say that “Even when you numb the pain, it will always come back in another way”, perhaps being another commentary on substance abuse. 8 focuses on the perspective of someone Billie know’s she’s hurt, and can’t mend the wound. Moving to the dance worthy My Strange Addiction, Billie dims light on her dependency on a romantic interest, and how they are like a drug to her, and she just can’t get enough. Moving into the most infamous song perhaps on the album, Bury A Friend. Bury A Friend is considered the lead single of the album, although being the third to be released. The line “When we all fall asleep, where do we go” stems from a lyric in this song, and the music video showcases Billies experience with sleep paralysis. The official rollout for this album stemmed after a clip of the music video was released on Twitter, and fans finally got the long awaited album name. Ilomilo starts out essentially where Bury A Friend left off, beat wise. The song is about that constant anxiety-ridden fear of separation, and the inseparability eating away and causing problems in her life. The name is foreplay on a popular game Billie loved growing up, also titled Ilomilo. Into what is in my opinion the saddest song on the album, Listen Before I Go. Billie describes the last 3 tracks on the album as a sentence. and ‘Listen’ was just the first part. This track resembles the true beauty of a ballet, being a low-tempo song detailing Billie’s mental health and suicidal tendencies, and a final letter to her friends and family, Billie sings passionately “Call my friends and tell them that I love them, and that I’ll miss them”. The track simply end’s with a woman screaming and wailing sirens approaching. I Love You being the second part to Billie’s raw approach, entails Billie not wanting to love someone, but she knows that she simply can’t help it, she is head over heels for this person, and as much as she doesn’t want to, she keeps going back to the same page she was on, emotionally. Ending the album with Goodbye. The track works it’s way backwards, giving a notable line from each song. Billie did this intentionally, as she noted she disliked when albums abruptly ended. So, Billie Eilish’s debut album was very dark and twisted, but it has to be one of the most perfected, mature albums I’ve ever heard. With psych-ward like attire in nearly every music video, the vibe Billie was trying to reach for definitely was transparent, and embodied itself magically throughout the entire album, so now Billie Eilish leaves us with just one of many soaring questions.. When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?