Combined with her airy vocals and gently flowing piano, "Idontwannabeyouanymore" is basically a perfect song. It takes too long to reach the real meat of the song, which damages its replay value. Focusing on "addictions" of various types, the song's catchy beat and sly lyrics, not to mention the cleverly integrated "Office" samples, make it one of the album's standouts — and one of Eilish's best songs in general. “We had a very jazzy, Frank Sinatra view on the whole song,” Eilish revealed in a 2019 interview about the writing process behind ‘Xanny’. — Courteney Larocca. A twisted song, but with a pinch of wry humour: “I’m too young to go to jail / It’s kinda funny,” she goads in the song’s second half. In addition to disrupting the widely-disseminated belief that goodness automatically results in a place in heaven, "All the Good Girls Go to Hell" makes cheeky references to Catholicism too; as Eilish explains, her debauchery will go largely unpunished by the saints since "Peter's on vacation, an open invitation. But while that track was full of life, love and good times, ‘Bury A Friend’ is more in tune with Gen Z’s self-aware mindset. The tender ballad is both heart-wrenching and serene. But Eilish isn't a wallflower by any means, and as she commands the listener "don't give me a xanny now or ever," it's clear that she'd rather stick to the sidelines than be "mak[ing] the same mistakes" as her drug-using friends. While at first the song appears to lack the pulsating power of other Eilish hits, when the chorus begins about a minute and a half in, the softly-strummed guitar and breathy vocals give way to throbbing beats and soft shrieks — adding to the song's foreboding undertones. — Libby Torres. "Goodbye" completes a three-song farewell, which Eilish designed to feel like a sentence: "Listen before I go, I love you, goodbye." "The only way I could deal with it was to stop for a second and put myself in that person's place. It doesn't sound like anything else. As Rolling Stone's Angie Martoccio wrote, "'When I Was Older' is part haunting lullaby and part electronic eulogy, with Eilish's silky vocals giving the impression she's singing underwater, but it's where she wants to be.". While "Party Favor" is a creative and brutal portrayal of just how ruthless breakups can be, the song doesn't beg to be listened to on loop as some of Eilish's other breakup songs do, like "Watch" and "B----es Broken Hearts." Song highlight: Eilish actually recorded the line "I tried to scream / But my head was underwater" while her head was underwater. It's no mystery that the relationship is unhealthy, but "Hostage" artfully exposes a battle between complete adoration and problematic obsession. !’ has been omitted because, well, it’s not actually a song. Song highlight: The one-two punch of "My boy loves his friends like I love my split ends / And by that, I mean, he cuts 'em off," followed by the funky tempo change. SM, The delicate first part of ‘When We All Fall Asleep…”s closing trio of tracks, the creation of ‘Listen Before I Go’ was, according to Eilish, therapeutic. SM, Inspired by the title of a video game, ‘Ilomilo’ is backed by a spooky instrumental packed with paranoid synths and ominous bass. ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’, the cover image of her Biebs-adorned teenage wall, This ‘When We All Fall Asleep…’ single attracted criticism upon its release, ‘Bad Guy’ barged its way into the top 30 of. O'Connell, who cowrote and produced the song, also sings with his sister on the chorus, which acts as an antidote to her spectral feelings of inadequacy and distrust in the verses: "You say, 'As long as I'm here, no one can hurt you,'" she sings, a line that O'Connell actually came up with. Billie Eilish became the first winner at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, scooping up the gong for Top Billboard 200 Album for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Oh, and just when you think you're finished, the bad guy comes back with an entirely different weapon. Then, when the music falls out and you expect to hear a beat drop, you actually hear a teenage girl rolling her eyes. Song highlight: The song's title is pretty cute, especially considering the hidden meaning behind it — Eilish was inspired by an old XBox game in which two characters, named Ilo and Milo, are separated but try to find each other. Instead of a swelling, orchestral chorus, the more traditional instrumentals on "Watch" are replaced by a chattering drum pattern, giving "&Burn" a modern edge that the original lacked — and then Vince Staples' short, sharp, spitfire cameo swoops in to seal the deal. / I should know, but it’s cold,” Eilish forlornly asks as this electro-pop offering continues to ask more questions than it does provide answers — fitting, as your interest in ‘Ilomilo’ will only grow the more you listen to it. about yourself. The concept of being talented in middle school is so foreign to me, and yet, Eilish just casually had the voice of an angel and an abundance of talent at 13 years old. Officially released in 2016 (although it first appeared online in 2015), the song went viral soon after and landed her a massive record deal with Interscope. Every lyric in that song is toward me," Eilish said while describing the "soundcloud loop type song. So what could top it in this countdown? Most of all, it's an early showing of Eilish's willingness to be vulnerable in her music. What’s happened since then, we hear you ask? ", From the periodic flickering of a match to the singer's declaration that she'll "sit and watch your car burn / With the fire that you started in me / But you never came back to ask it out," "Watch" provided a mere glimpse of the greatness to come in Eilish's career. ", "I've never said anything that I meant more than that," she explained in a video for Genius. — Claudia Willen, Song highlight: "Let me crawl inside your veins / I'll build a wall, give you a ball and chain / It's not like me to be so mean.". — Libby Torres. — Callie Ahlgrim. "The video was inspired by being trapped in a relationship that was going nowhere... when you're in such a toxic place with someone and you're treated so badly for such a long time that eventually you're used to it," Eilish told Elle. Eilish's voice hardly shifts in volume or pitch, opting instead for whispery harmonies. As we welcome new Billie material, here's a comprehensive look at her back catalogue to date. Song highlight: It works perfectly as a tender goodbye when you listen to "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" TS, Despite starting off as a twee slice of folk-pop, this is up there with the darkest material Billie’s ever recorded. Here, then, is NME‘s countdown of every Billie Eilish song (so far!) While "Xanny" lacks the slick hooks or sardonic lyrics of other songs on the album, Eilish's breathy vocals and dismissive attitude towards recreational pill use make it one of the project's hidden gems. Her effortless, hypnotic vocal runs are noticeably more drawn-out, elaborate, and confident — and knowing that she and O'Connell refuse to use autotune just makes it all the more impressive. Adopting the persona of the monster under your bed, Eilish writes a love letter to your self-destructive tendencies and croons about your worst fears realized. In response, Eilish said: “First off I want to be so clear that [the song is] so not supposed to be an insult. ", Soft guitar backs up Eilish's vocals throughout the song, which ends up sounding like a sweet lullaby. You are always you, forever. and added little to an already great song. "I'm the powder, you're the fuse / just add some friction," Eilish sings of her inexplicable attraction to an unnamed person, accurately describing the volatility that can characterize an unequal relationship. Song highlight: The casual flex of making a pop song about killing your lover and ditching his body in a gutter. — Callie Ahlgrim. This is one of those songs that marinates in your belly and makes you nostalgic for all the loves you've thrown away, all the loves you've felt wronged by, and all the loves you can imagine having in an alternate dimension. ", It was the right choice — after posting the track to SoundCloud, it went viral and one could easily question if Eilish would be the household name she is now without the success of this stunning, dreamy love letter to a crush with ocean eyes. Whether or not you're good at it, it doesn't matter. Lyrics such as "I never really know how to please you / You're lookin' at me like I'm see-through" have led fans to interpret "8" as a track about the singer's heartbreak, Eilish explained to Apple 1's Zane Lowe. "Bury a Friend" best embodies Eilish's power and appeal, because no one else could write a song like this and actually pull it off. They transformed the song from an expression of discomfort and despair into a familial sanctuary, a refuge from those very feelings. Song highlight: The sound at the beginning is Eilish's dad sharpening a knife. / Now you know / Now I'm free. Eilish croons in a near-whisper at the beginning of the third track from "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" Backed by a pulsing beat, Eilish flexes her vocal skills on "Copycat," an absolute banger of a song from her EP, "Don't Smile at Me. Song highlight: Imagine writing "You're lookin' at me like I'm see-through / I guess I'm gonna go / I just never know how you feel / Do you even feel anything?" Eilish's experience with her "strange addictions" is instantly recognizable to anyone who's ever felt unhealthily obsessed with something, or someone, and overall, the song puts a clever twist on teenage infatuation. Eilish’s swift rise to the very top has been awe-inspiring to watch over the half-decade since she first announced her arrival, and with her latest song ‘My Future’ arriving today (July 31), we thought it would be the perfect time to take stock of Eilish’s success so far by assessing her already thrilling back catalogue of inventive pop bangers. SM, The journey from this breakthrough moment to where Billie is now is quite astounding. It's actually a utilitarian pedestrian signal in Sydney, Australia. — Callie Ahlgrim. Hoping it makes the listener feel less alone.” SM, This collaboration has been streamed over one billion times by Spotify users who clearly can’t get enough of Billie’s link-up with Khalid. “Instead of doing the thing I thought I needed to do, I made them into art and let them rest. Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell, (born December 18, 2001) known professionally as Billie Eilish, is an American singer and songwriter born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.
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