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Tuning in with Leila: Bury this album

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Illustration by Yasmin Haq

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Billie Eilish released her second album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” on March 29. Fans across the world had been conveying their anticipation for the album’s release and I’d say about 96%of her fans have been disappointed with the outcome.

Although all 14 songs on the album are on the top 100, the album was anticlimactic and frustratingly obvious. With track titles such as “my strange addiction” and “ilomilo,” fans such as myself were expecting enticing sounds and unprecedented lyrics from Eilish. Sadly, this album was a huge setback that no one saw coming.

Eilish’s album had been the most added album in Apple Music history. However, the backlash it has been receiving is just getting started. Not only has her music been called “industry trash” and “overrated,” but her fans have also received major backlash for even liking her.

Eilish’s single “bury a friend” had been released three works prior to the album’s release, exciting her fans even more. The single  portrayed Eilish’s usual style: deep and mysterious. However, the 43-minute album did not convey the same message the single had.

Ever since Eilish gained popularity and recognition, the change in her appearance and sound has changed. It was clear she wanted to continue to convey her message while appealing to everyone’s musical taste, but it seems she has lost her original self.

Eilish has undoubtedly shown how much she has grown as a person and within her music since her last release in 2017, and although her album is mediocre, a few songs did stick out to me.

“I love you” and “goodbye” had a different vibe attached to them. They conveyed her unrequited love and need to let go of depression and stress. Those two songs seemed to remind me of her old ways of musicality and gave me hope that her next release may include those emotional vibes and lyrics.

Less than a handful of her songs have been associated with her old self and imagination, making it certain that almost none of her songs will be made into singles. However, I still have hope for Eilish’s future releases and I am almost certain that she’ll get back to her old ways in no time. `

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  1. Byron on April 4th, 2019 10:35 PM

    I am not sure why an artist progressing their style and framework through which they express themselves is a negative. It sounds like you had an idea of how you wanted the album to be and because it is different to that you are disappointed in it. In fact you say as much albeit in different terms. However the album not living up to your idea isn’t the same thing as the album or art itself being mediocre. The first rule of any worthwhile critique is to take the artwork for what it is, not what your expectations say it isn’t. I hope that everyone of her future albums disappoints you because that is the role of an artist. We all know what it sounds like when artists make the music their fans want, instead of what they are driven to create…

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