Review: Listener critiques Eilish’s new body of work

Billie Eilish is a 17-year- old artist from Los Angeles who got her start in 2016 with the release of her single “Ocean Eyes.” On March 29, Eilish released her first studio album, “When We Sleep, Where Do We Go?” I only knew of Eilish and never listened to her music until recently, and it wasn’t really what I was expecting.

Overall, I would say that it’s not a bad album, and there are some things that I do enjoy; however, personally, I don’t think I will listen to the album in full again.

The songs that I enjoyed were “When the party’s over,” “My strange addiction,” “Ilomilo” and “Listen before I go.” With “When the party’s over,” you can hear the hurt in her voice as well as see how much the person she’s singing about has affected her. It also shows off how well she can sing and how talented she is. Same goes with “Listen before I go;” both really showcase what makes Eilish stand out compared to other artists who have been in the entertainment industry longer.

“Ilomilo,” needs to be listened to with headphones, because at some parts of the song it seems like the music bounces back and forth between both ears and gives almost a 360-degree experience. At first, the little warped beat sounds threw me off, but the more I listen to it, the more it grows on me and I see how it completes the song as a whole. The lyrics are very interesting as well, with parts like “So show me the way home, I can’t lose another life,” since according to Genius, the song is a reference to a 2010 game under the same name, where the goal is to get the two main characters back together. It alludes to a video game as if Eilish and the person she’s talking about are stuck in a game and have to find each other. With “The friends I’ve had to bury. They keep me up at night,” it’s an allusion to her single and album’s namesake, “Bury a friend.”

Although I like “My strange addiction,” and I do like the beat of the song, the one thing that throws me off are the audio clips from an episode of “The Office” where the main character Michael Scott shows the rest of the employees his home- made movie “Threat Level Midnight.” As much as I enjoyed the show, I just think the song didn’t need that added to it. The song talks about how she likes the person a lot and is almost addicted, so why put the audio there? I would give it a chance if the audio came from parts where Pam and Jim were talking, since they are the main couple of the show, or maybe if the theme song was sampled in the background. But each time I listen to the song I just think about how the audio shouldn’t have been in the song.

Another song I don’t really care for is “All the good girls go to hell.” Something about the way she sings makes me feel unsettled. It’s almost like she’s whispering. Each time I listen to the album, I have to have it at a certain volume to hear her.

Eilish is a very interesting artist, as well as talented. You kind of forget how old she is and that this is only her first album. It seems like this is her fifth album and she has been a name in the music industry for longer that she has been.

I don’t think I will call myself a fan of hers anytime soon. However, this doesn’t stop me from recommending the few songs that gave me a good impression.

Junior at SFASU Current Opinions Editor for the Pine Log

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