Track by track review: “When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?” by Billie Eilish
Review by Carly Young
!!!!: This intro to album giving listeners a glimpse into Billie’s journey of writing the album. A good start but odd: 13 seconds. Billie can be heard joking about removing her Invisalign and getting this album done and drilled out. The tone of this intro leaves one with very hopeful feelings.
Bad Guy: This track gives perspective into the dark world that Billie has created within this album. It appears to be talking about a relationship that seems to be toxic yet exhilarating. The song’s most interesting twist is the fact that it goes from its catchy carnival-like pop melody to a haunting and mood altering breakdown for the last minute in the song. Billie seems to proclaim the defining role within the relationship that she’s gone on to sing of with no obvious initiative as to why the song was written.
Xanny: Coming in hot with a softer melody and deep strings, a glimpse of a more vulnerable Billie emerges. The track analyzes and speaks out about the drug Xanax and how it seems to be taking the music industries biggest stars away from us all one-by-one. The concept of the song isn’t so much to leave behind and stay away from drugs but is more so “be safe” according to Eilish herself. The song continues Billie’s trend of conveying messages and leaving her listeners with some sort of lesson.
You should see me in a crown: An electrifying song proclaiming her rise and stance to the top. If you don’t like Eilish, by the end of this song you’ll realize quickly that no matter how hard you try to, you cannot and will not forget her name.
All the good girls go to hell: Attention grabbing, electric, and undoubtedly one of the best songs on the album at this stage, listeners are in for a thrill listening to this song. Though Billie Eilish is not known for being religious, it seems to question and reveal several different hints of symbolism throughout the track. At the end one take away could be seen as heaven doesn’t necessarily exist and if it does, not too many of us are worthy of getting there. This is the most prominent in the song’s chorus. Indeed a remarkable and dark journey for listeners.
Wish you were gay: Perhaps one of the most controversial songs since the album’s release. Beginning with softer strings and breaking into a more profound and unforgettable melody, the song describes the wishing that whomever Eilish has crushed on or wanted to be hers in the song was gay so that the pain of not having them around seems to hurt less and give her a better explanation. The track shows Billie yet again going and letting her walls down, giving her listeners a somewhat relatable experience. The feeling of heartbreak and the feeling of not being wanted is that in which everyone must experience at some point and allowing herself to share and give light to her selfishness of wishing this for her relationships speaks in one way or other volumes.
When the party’s over: Released as a single before its appearance on the album, Eilish speaks about the toxicity that may become apparent in teen-aged relationships and just how much the lives lived and relationships gained at that stage in one’s life can warrant significant changes and arguments causing those involved to feel alone and frustrated. This song alone deserves multitudes of praise for the fact that it’s soft, catchy, and truly emotionally telling for all alike. If one has ever been caught in the motions of constantly arguing, allowing someone into the point where it feels you’re betraying yourself or trapped in a push-and-pull relationship…it’s definitely the track for you to explore the sense of release.
8: Beginning with a baby-voiced and seemingly younger Billie the song doesn’t stand to be a favorite on the album. However, as the song picks up a heartbroken Billie quells “who am I to be in love when your love was never for me” which instantly draws listeners in. It’s a song allowing for one who feels used and transparent to find their own escape. It’s definitely a song that has earned and will continue to receive mixed reviews on the album.
My strange addiction: Fused with multiple audio clips from the office the track opens of the door of sexy and sensual without being too forward or direct. With it’s intense, electrifying, and vibrant beat, you’re nearly guaranteed to sway and sing along while thinking about you S.O. or whomever you may consider being your very own strange addiction.
Bury a friend: The first song released as a single marked the very new sound that Billie intended to set in place for herself. Giving all who listen to a glimpse into some one’s darkest nightmares and corner of the mind its beat sounds off like a warning sign throughout. It brings into the perspective of “when we all fall asleep where do we go.” Where do our minds take us? How do we get out of it? Do we have to kill the friend that is our mind to live our lives free of fear and regret?
ilomilo: An interesting and unique follow up to bury a friend, Billie seemingly acknowledges the demons and burials that have had to take place for her to get to where she is. “Where did you go>? I should know” she sings. It’s a feeling of longing for something or even someone who has left due to her state before finding and killing the demons she brought up repeatedly throughout the album. It’s a wonderful twist and storytelling song to the record.
Listen before I go: A beautiful ballad singing of the regret and pain that the word “sorry” is unable to cover up, Eilish pours her heart and soul into this track. Billie could be speaking of a friend, or maybe even a past relationship she’s come to finally have the chance to speak of that took place in a very dark place in life. Setting the scene constantly with the sound of winds and the sounds of dialogue and sirens, the sincerity of the events described comes to life. It’s definitely a track worth diving into and is deserving of full attention.
I love you: Singing about what many would call the scariest emotion, Eilish sings of the anxieties of hearing the word for what could be the first time in a relationship. Soft and low it tells of what a relationship can do to a person’s emotional health when the word is introduced. It makes nearly everything wrong hurt 10x worse and hinders one’s ability to go on without fear of hurt or being let down. It’s nearly talking yourself out of love especially when one is being hurt on the other end.
Goodbye: The last song on the album leaves listeners with a poem combining some of the most important concepts from each song. Eilish’s outro becomes unique and specific to her own sound going readers with a sense of nostalgia and wandering thoughts on each concept the album has taught and brought about for them. It’s the perfect way to end such an album with many darker ideas and moods.