Following the debut of “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, The new release of the young star is gaining recognition in the eyes of critics and audiences around the world. Tickets for the first performances after the pandemic sell out instantly.
The 19-year-old singer has once again shaken the music industry – her new album “Happier Than Ever” offers a fresh dose of downtempo electropop with elements of jazz, hip hop, rock and many other styles, creating a fusion characteristic of the innovative work of the artist. The album is another fruit of Billie’s collaboration with her brother – Finneas. In addition to serving as a producer and co-author of the music, Finneas plays all the instruments heard on the album.
The album begins with tracks full of retrospective reflections, kept in a minimalist style, mixing acoustic sounds with elements of electronics. Eilish’s distinctive singing style, often compared to a whisper, appears on many songs on this album, ensuring a personal, intimate contact between the artist and the listener. Many of the songs on the album are aimed at toxic people in the author’s life, both private and public.
The premiere of the album was preceded by six singles. On the ambient “My future”, Billie sings about the rediscovered self-confidence. “Therefore I Am” is a critique of haters, just like “Lost Cause”, which includes elements of trip hop, a subgenre of electronic music and hip hop. “Your Power” is an acoustic ballad that sheds light on the patriarchal abuses of power in society.
The title track, “Happier Than Ever” begins as an acoustic, almost jazzy ballad, returning lyrically to the idea of freeing yourself from the toxic relationship. We also have the opportunity to hear Billie on the stronger side as the dynamics of the song changes and turns into a hard rock anthem.
There is also an spoken fragment on the album, entitled “Not My Responsibility”, in which the artist refers to public opinions about her body, creativity and personality. The song previously appeared in the form of a music video, shown during concerts. The artist’s new album also placed her at the top of the list of contemporary artists with the richest vocabulary. According to statistics, Eilish uses an average of 169 “unique” words per 1000 – twice as many as Taylor Swift.
Not only does Billie seem to transform from a self-mutilating teen to a woman who can cut herself off from toxic mechanisms for the sake of her own good. Lorde and Lana del Rey follow a similar path. The phenomenon of the latter was opened by the influx of melancholic female voices in popular music, led by Lorde and Eilish. They sang about being hurt, feeling rejected, always unsuccessful in male-female relationships. Today, del Rey on the album “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” emphasizes that she is no longer lost, and Lorde releases “Solar Power” calling to forget about old tears, with a video in which she runs happily on the beach, jokingly compared by Internet users to women’s advertising shaver.