Billie Eilish first album shows promise for successful future

Billie Eilish first album shows promise for successful future

It's hard to imagine a time when Billie Eilish wasn't bending, twisting, and crawling within the borders of the music industry, given her name is irreversibly evolving the understanding and interpretation of teen pop-stardom. I have loved catching up with you on Instagram.

Compared to her earlier work like "COPYCAT", "Ocean Eyes" and "idontwannabeyouanymore", Eilish's newest album is decidedly creepier.

Eilish gained a lot of traction over the last year-and-a-half, as she had successful collaborations with Khalid and Vince Staples, all leading up to the release of her highly anticipated debut album this year. This song really sets the tone for the album, a handsome, bass driven collection of goth-pop songs that feel sometimes like the music we would've gotten from Lorde, or Taylor Swift had they grown up listening to bands like KMFDM, The Cure, and the like. Hit singles such as "You Should See Me in a Crown" and "When the Party's Over", which were released in 2018, are included in the album.

Eilish, who cowrites with her older brother Finneas O'Connell, has a brand of sort-of goth pop, mixing influences from pop and hip-hop with dark lyricism and the occasional sound effect or vocal distortion. The album's material, however, is still reminicist of her first EP. This is one of the standout songs on the album with a groovy production and bass-heavy breakdown. It's an entrancing, off-kilter album that luxuriates in youthful imagination, longing and darkness, yet doesn't take itself too seriously: opener! celebrates taking out her much-maligned Invisalign braces, while My Strange Addiction features surreal interludes from an episode of the US Office over a whirring beat. It represents the entire essence of the album.

Eilish displays what a clever girl she is by including "8" as the eighth track, and altering her voice so it reflects the track's title.

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"I like to be judged, so I wanna see heads look up", Eilish said.

Unfortunately, not every segment of the album shines with the same degree of inventiveness-"all the good girls go to hell" and "wish you were gay" are indistinguishable from most conventional pop songs.

"Goodbye" is a somber send off with an array of lyrics to the hits of the album, and if you're smart, the repeat button will be highlighted, and the album can start all over again. This was definitely a standout way to bring an end to the insane, bass-infested album.

That being said, her efforts cannot go without being lauded-I have no idea how a 17-year-old could make an album this cohesive to begin with, let alone one that for the most part is actually good.