Billie Eilish - 'WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?'

8/10

After emerging with her debut single 'Ocean Eyes' in 2016 at the incredibly young age of 14, everyone knew that there was something special about Billie Eilish. Her unconventional approach to pop music was unlike anything we had heard before and kicked a wave of hype that has continued all the way through to today. Now 17 years of age, the frontwoman has delivered her long-awaited debut album 'WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?', and unlike many other artists in her position, she has opted to release an entirely new collection of work rather than rely on the material found in her previous EPs.

While initial singles such as 'bury a friend' and 'wish you were gay' may have given an inkling as to where we expected this full-length to go, the overall result of this new release is something all-together more diverse and experimental than we thought, which at times is its own downfall. There is no denying that plenty of this record is some of the most groundbreaking and interesting new music we have heard in years, but with so much emphasis on standing out from the crowd, she occasionally loses sight of the big picture and takes us down a road that may not have been quite as captivating.

In all, 'WWAFAWDWG?' is a marvellously expansive record with plenty to show off the teenager's extraordinary eye for diverse songwriting. But with so much hype surrounding the young singer, it would only make sense that her long-awaited debut album falls just short of being pure genius.

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