“When We All Fall Asleep,” Billie Eilish Rises Up The Charts


Billie Eilish’s debut album cover for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”

Lara Decastecker, Contributing Writer

At first, I hated the album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” I was angry with how different it was from Billie Eilish’s past, soothing hits. However, she quickly grew on me again. No longer hidden, her ghost-like demeanour was clear in her bright blue (or edited, white) eyes.

I sometimes look back at my last 16 years and think about my successes. Unfortunately, one of them isn’t debuting a music album as No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, opening as number one on the UK Albums chart, having the third-largest streaming numbers for an album by a female artist or finally achieving the second-largest sales week for an album in 2019.

After her debut single, “Ocean Eyes” and her debut EP Don’t Smile at Me were released in 2016 and 2017 respectively, Eilish has captivated millions of people with her tantalizing soft voice. Well, even though many can replicate her voice in song covers, nobody can copy her lyrical style and popularity which only continues to astonish the music industry.

Eilish’s most impressive contribution to the world so far has to be her studio debut album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, which was just released March 26, 2019, and somehow surpassed the fame she already had.

“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” explores a plethora of different sounds. It has finger snaps, electronic voices, piercing screams, delicate hums, string guitar, pounding drums, overlapping voices and so much more. When blended together, she created a masterpiece of telling music.

Her opener song, “Bad Guy,” was the beginning of a new sound of pop. It started off with an extremely upbeat tone and child-like beats with soft claps alongside the sturdy bass. It then finished with a crazy beat change which I at times forget is even part of the song. It was different and I absolutely loved it.

Her album then went through ranges of moods, some consisting of calming melodies, ominous tones and others with enticing, singsongy harmonies of her own voice.

“Xanny” had an alluring appeal.. against drugs? It surprised me too. Eilish truly took her label as a role model serious. She conveys an important meaning to today’s teens, going against a 21st century fad. Her soft, almost croaked out words give off a vibe of disappointment.

“What is it about them? I must be missing something. They just keep doing nothing. Too intoxicated to be scared,” are the final words in “Xanny.” Then it finished off with a sigh and a few hums.

The following song “you should see me in a crown” previously shook people when it came out as a teaser for her album. It was the first taste of her musical shift toward more electronic influences while carrying a sinister feel. At first, I didn’t like it. I was taken aback by how different it was. However, with time and the latest release of the album, I realized that it fits perfectly like a puzzle piece. I adored it’s placement.

Now, even though her next song, “all the good girls go to hell” is a bit repetitive, it’s still quite catchy. It’s perfect for getting your energy up or when you’re walking peacefully through an airport.

Then, “wish you were gay” is a revived song of hers. She wrote it at least a year ago and only now has decided to put it on the market. It has all the components of a sad teenage girl anthem, and furthermore doesn’t deserve the controversy it gets. It’s not meant to make fun or pick at a sexuality, it’s just a girl jokingly wishing the person she was into would have another reason to not like her other than him not liking her. It’s loaded with desperation, questions, and steady claps with soft hums.

Eilish’s next song, “when the party’s over” speaks volumes to some, but it kind of bores me. It’s hasty and delicate but too dark for me, like a muddy blend. I can’t tell what mood it’s trying to portray other than sad, how flat. Then, “8” is a complete switch from the whole album. It’s a nice refresher, in my opinion. It’s child-like, slightly upbeat and explores lighter elements.

Fittingly, ”my strange addiction” is a fan favorite. It has louder techno beats and Ellish emcompasses an enchanting tone. Her lyrics are beautiful, but because of the song’s repetitiveness, I wouldn’t listen to this song day in and day out.

Since Eilish’s next song, “bury a friend” is full of angst and anger, out of all of her songs on the album, this one fits it’s overall vibe the best. It has such a transparent sinister feel that it makes shivers go down my spine. It’s like she wants to sell her soul to the devil (or atleast, that’s what the lyrics spell out).

Ever heard of the 2010 puzzle game called ilomilo? If no popped into your head, don’t sweat it. I didn’t know of it either before her song, “ilomilo” came out. I love this song for it’s fast, continuously changing beat which is inspired by a child’s game.

Expertly, her last three songs on her album, “Listen Before I Go,” “I Love You,” and “Goodbye,” are all placed last and meant to be a sentence. They all encapsulate a gloomy, yet comforting aura in an eloquent manner, as if she were whispering in your ear. They’re haunting, and the first two songs are by far my favorite. They’re piano-centric, which I adore as a pianist myself. “Listen Before I Go” tells a sad story, yet is still meant to come off as comforting. I mean, it’s almost as if it’s not a suicide letter, finishing with sirens in the distance.

Finally, her last song “Goodbye” is an outro, consisting of lyrics from all the previous songs. What a way to end an emotional rollercoaster.

Eilish is honestly like no other, might it be her age, style or talent. Somehow, she’s continuously able to deliver hit after hit. I truly don’t see a stop in her future anytime soon.