Who really needs convincing that Billie Eilish’s album When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? is one of the best debuts in quite some time?
Even the title is evocative, inviting the listener into Eilish’s thoughtful and faintly, thrillingly amoral psyche. From the heartbreakingly beautiful ballads of ‘xanny’ and ‘when the party’s over’ to the electronically jarring ‘bad guy’ and ‘bury a friend’, this isn’t an album that can fade into the background – no, even the prettiest songs are musically disturbing, showing a mastery of her craft far beyond her years.
Francesca Cipars’ portrait perfectly sums up Eilish’s appeal – she’s profoundly captivating without the overt sexuality of Lady Gaga or the anti-cult of personality of artists like Sia. It’s music for teenage girls by a teenage girl, something they haven’t had since early Avril Lavigne. Billie Eilish just is and When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? is a record that will fundamentally change music as we know it going into the new decade.
You can buy the album easily pretty much anywhere (but I don’t need to tell you that).
Words: Ana Hine
Image: Francesca Cipars
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