Review: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie EilishSo, Billie Eilish. It’s an interesting release, this. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? might compel you to link her with arguably the ultimate progenitor of her kind of pop: it was Lorde, after all, who paved the way with teenage concerns colored with drone-y gothic almost-creepiness. But then, this feels of a completely different thread. It’s like she spent all this time alone, with all these reference points, and not so much cherry-picked the best ones as to boil everything down to their essence. In almost the same breath the songs across this record feel intimate and claustrophobic, playful and sinister, truthful and evasive. Perhaps it’s the production, harsh in the right places – but then there are tracks, like “8”, where Billie takes a complete left turn and sounds stereotypical (that one’s got a ukulele backing it). But then you wonder if there’s a dark point to that. And perhaps that’s the goal. Billie’s record is a snapshot of people of her age (I wouldn’t say this if I wasn’t 30) in its confusion and, at the same time, clarity. Or something. [NB]4/5

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