Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on on Billie Eilish’ s debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where do We Go? Onto the post!
!!!!!!!- this is… odd and also not a song so I don’t really have a lot to say! Thank u, next. (If you’re not familiar with the album, it’s Billie taking out her braces.)
Bad Guy– this sees Billie taunting someone, and discussing how tough each of them really are. If you’re looking for love songs, this album isn’t the one and this song definitely sets the tone for that, because while it’s about a relationship it’s definitely not mushy. My favourite parts here are the bass (which sounds so cool), the melody and the “duh” after the chorus, which is very reminiscent of the sort of thing Taylor Swift does in songs sometimes.
Xanny– this song is about drugs, and specifically the fact that the narrator isn’t interested in them at all. I think it’s really impactful, largely due to the way the production intensifies at the chorus and drives home it’s message, and I definitely appreciate someone with as much influence as Billie showing that drugs aren’t cool or fun, but are actually incredibly dangerous. The writing is genius as well in places.
You Should See Me in a Crown- this is a deliciously creepy song about a plot for world domination (inspired by a Moriarty quote, not Billie’s personal ambitions, fear not) and I’m obsessed with it. The vocal is scathing and superior in just the right way, and it flows super well. The knife sharpening sound effects are such a cool touch as well! One of the first Billie songs I heard, and it remains one of my faves.
All the Good Girls Go to Hell– this is definitely my favourite of the album. It’s so weird in the absolute best way, and the first thing I love about it is how complex it is. This is just my interpretation, but I think it’s trying to do three things- on the most literal level I think it’s a story about people trying to break into heaven, but in ideology I think it’s talking about climate change and also female empowerment (the only male pronoun is the “man is such a fool” bit, and there’s just no way it’s a coincidence. So clever. I also love the musical side of things and the lyrics and the way it’s structured. It’s just brilliant.
Wish You Were Gay– this song is about unrequited love and I think the way that’s expressed is so clever, first of all (she’s saying she wishes the guy was gay so he didn’t like her because she wasn’t male, rather than not being attracted to her specifically). The writing is super smart too, and I love how soft and vulnerable Billie’s voice is throughout.
When the Party’s Over– this song is gorgeous. The intro sets the tone so well, and like with wish you were gay I adore the way Billie’s voice is so vulnerable and honest. It’s about her setting boundaries/trying to get a bit of distance in a relationship. I love the piano instrumental so much.
8– I hate to say it, but I really dislike this song to the point I struggle to listen the whole way through. It just sounds so grating; I find it akin to nails on a chalkboard.
My Strange Addiction– I’m not sure how I feel about the production on this (there are spoken quotes from the Office throughout) but otherwise I’m a HUGE fan! My particular fave things about it are the pre-chorus and the chorus, but honestly I love everything that’s not the intro and the interlude. The backing instrumental is a huge highlight too (I’m fairly sure It’s synths of some sort, but can’t work it out for sure?). It’s not your typical love song, and it’s fairly dark, but it’s brilliant.
Bury a Friend– this song is SO much fun and it’s sinister in the absolute best way. It’s allegedly from the perspective of a monster under the bed and I just love it now even though I took a few listens to warm to the production. The lyrics are incredibly clever, and it’s one of my faves to sing along to, not least because there are some rather sassy lines in verse 2. I also really like the acoustic version.
Ilomilo– this is about someone worrying about where their partner is and what they’re doing, though more in the sense of them being in danger than being up to something dodgy. I love this one. A lot. Brilliant instrumentals and a super catchy melody, and fantastic writing too. The only thing that mars it slightly for me is the production on the chorus.
Listen Before I Go– this is basically a suicide note, and it’s so sad. It’s really beautiful in the way it’s written and sang, and I love the piano instrumental. An absolutely heartbreaking song. The bridge particularly breaks me.
I Love You- if possible, this broke me even more than Listen Before I Go?! It’s about complicated feelings in a relationship when one person says I love you and the other isn’t ready to. The vocal is absolute perfection, the production is quite possibly my favourite of the album, the guitar and strings are the perfect instrumental choices and I love the harmonies with Finneas (her brother and collaborator) on the chorus so much.
Goodbye– this isn’t really a song, so much as something that uses lines from previous songs. It’s a pretty fun way to end the album, even though it took me a while to work out what it actually was and whether or not I liked it, largely due to the super long intro.
If you’ve listened, what’s your favourite song from this album? If not, are you planning to give it a go? I’d love to hear in the comments!