Album review: Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

By Staff Writer Tighe Ratcliffe.

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about a relatively new artist, Billie Eilish, so I decided to give her new album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? a listen.

Here’s a little about Eilish before I give my thoughts on her album: She started her music career in 2015 when Eilish contributed to her brother’s song “Ocean Eyes.” Soon after she recorded several collaboration songs, singles, and EPs from 2016-2018. As of right now, she has seven gold, and two platinum singles.

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is her debut studio album, and Apple Music named Eilish as its newest Up Next artist in September 2017.

Unlike most pop music, which focuses on catchy beats and choruses, Eilish seems to focus on creating art. Now when I say this, I mean that she doesn’t follow the generic formula for creating pop songs. She instead focuses on letting her lyrics be the primary focus for her songs.

I was blown away with her compelling lyrics as well as her simplistic approach with the music. She combined both spoken word along with singing as a way to create dynamicism in the songs.

Overall, the songs seemed to flow into one another. Now, they were distinctly each their own songs, but they all had the same feel. The best way that I can describe it is as easy listening music, they don’t force you to listen very carefully to them unless you choose to of course.

I found that her music was really good for moments when I was trying to focus on homework assignments, and I think this album will become one of my go-tos to listen to when I have a lot to do.

This could also be a great album to listen to if you want some great background music at a chill party with a couple of friends.

It would also be a great one to listen to if you are going for a late night car ride and just want to vibe to something. You can either get lost in the beats or the lyrics. Or both.

It was hard to actually pick a track that I liked more than the others; they were all distinct and great in their own ways, and what I loved most about the album was each song told a story, which is another thing that sets it apart from a lot of other popular pop albums. It didn’t feel like there were any songs that were written specifically as singles, which is refreshing.

If I did have to pick two favorite tracks though, they would be “Bad Guy” and “Bury a Friend.” “Bad Guy” is describing how Eilish is not the kind of girl you would want to be around, especially take home to your family. It seemed like it was a song meant to liberate and empower, while at the same time being a warning.

“Bury a Friend” gives the album its title in its chorus. It feels like it’s an account of Eilish’s account of a friend who tried to use her as a connection to get places in the music industry. So she must “kill” the friendship and bury it so she doesn’t get used.

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? feels like it was made to be an artistic experiment instead of a hit album, but that’s its charm.

It doesn’t feel like it has to be a hit album trying to sell millions of copies, or trying to be one that has a couple of singles and the rest of the songs be flops.

It’s a solid album that you can either passively listen to, or truly dive into it and absorb all the finesse put into it.

When you listen to it, you get a sense that Eilish had full artistic control over it. Eilish knew what she wanted to make, and made it. And for that, it’s a masterpiece that I highly recommend listening to.


2 thoughts on “Album review: Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

  1. With all its moments of distortion and attitude, tempered by sheer loveliness, and rude and emotional songs about night terrors and daydreams, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? feels like a rock n roll album, even if there s virtually nothing on it that sounds like rock music. And although the jazziness is more latent than blatant in this sonic blast, she hasn t done any disgrace to the name her parents gave her, either. Attention, 2020 Grammys: The future still isn t quite done being female.


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