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Review of Billie Eilish's long-awaited album "Happier Than Ever" (2021)

"I had a certain injury, I did things I didn't want to, I was too afraid to tell you, but now I think it's time..."

Exploring the album “Happier Than Ever” by charming Billie Eilish – background, recording, release, tracks, success

Happy Than Ever - the long-awaited and second studio album by the American singer Billie Eilish! Talks about the album began back in March 2020, however... it was released only July 30, 2021. Together with his constant collaborator, brother Finneas O'Connell, Eilish presented a really gorgeous record! The tracks are sustained in slow motion, with arrangements in the electropop style... This time the idol of millions touches on such deep topics as the reverse side of fame, as well as love disappointments... Insightful lyrics and impeccable stylistic design captivate. Happier Than Ever has already topped the charts in 20 countries in less than a month!

History: background and background

Album cover of Happier Than Ever (Billie Eilish)
Album cover of Happier Than Ever (Billie Eilish)

The tears streaming down Eilish's cheeks on the cover suggest that the album's title is ("Happier Than Ever") is more of a dream than a reality. Eilish's body, her personal life and surroundings have all come under scrutiny as her fame has grown. AND Happy Than Ever shows how she puts up spiky borders around all these war zones! The young star's lyrics are full of secrets... She rarely raises her voice, but there is a certain mocking awareness in her tone...

Billie Eilish...
Billie Eilish...

Like her idiosyncratic fashion sense, Eilish's hugely successful first album struck a careful balance between expression and obfuscation. Of course she and her brother Finneas openly discussed how they recorded it in their childhood home and how they took lyrics from the darkest corners of their own nightmares Eilish... But she clearly liked to keep some things to herself - to blur the boundaries between fantasy and reality, irony and sincerity ... Happy Than Ever everything is different! On the "Getting Older"In a subdued, airy number that opens her second album, Eilish announces that she is entering a more revealing phase:

“I had a certain injury, I did what I didn’t want to,
I was too afraid to tell you, but now I think it's about time..."

Recording

Lost Cause (2021) - Billie Eilish - Clip Frame
Lost Cause (2021) - Billie Eilish - Clip Frame

Recorded Happy Than Ever in Finneas' home studio, according to Eilish - April 1, 2020 to February 16, 2021! The first song Eilish wrote for her second album was the title track. "Getting Older", in which, it seems, the singer is sad for the old days before fame:

"Things I used to enjoy
Now it just gives me a job..
What I yearn for, one day I will get bored ... "

Billie Eilish new look...
Billie Eilish new look...

At the same time, the singer shared that the recording process turned out to be “very natural”, unlike previous projects, where she felt anxiety and negative pressure from the outside ... Remembering her deafening debut, Eilish noted that the label did not make any contribution to the album, but constantly put a lot of pressure on her. Concerning Happy Than Ever, then in her interview the singer noted that she wanted to record a "truly timeless record." The main sources of inspiration for her were the legendary jazz singers such as Julie London and Peggy Leeand also the great Frank Sinatra… Eilish added that the main goal in the studio was to get out of her comfort zone in order to surprise not only herself, but also her fans!

Graduation and Success

Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish

The release of the album was preceded by five singles, among which the most successful "My Future", "Your Power" and "NDA". The album itself was released at the end of July 2021.

The album received warm responses from critics who admired Eilish's determination! Starting from the material Happy Than Ever, many also noted how much the singer has matured in her lyrics ... Actually, let's go directly to the tracks!

List of tracks

Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish

On his second album Billie Eilish mercilessly sings about her meteoric rise to fame and all the horrors that go with it... It's weird, light, melodic and demonstrates her power over the pop landscape...

"Getting Older"

"I Didn't Change My Number"

"Billie Bossa Nova"

"My Future"

"oxytocin"

Goldwing

"Lost Cause"

"Halley's Comet"

"Not My Responsibility"

"Overheated"

"Everybody Dies"

"Your power"

NDA

"Therefore I Am"

Happy Than Ever

"Male Fantasy"

Instead of chasing the nightmarish pop of its predecessor, Happy Than Ever fades into a softer sound in which flashes of oddity are subtle but inventive!

Finally…

The antagonists of Eilish's latest album were stylistically grim: the demons haunting her mind and the monsters lurking under her bed... Happy Than Ever as if turning on the light and discovering that all these nightmares are more banal, but just as dangerous - indifferent boyfriends, and, worst of all, abusive older men whom Billy treats with caustic disgust ... Eilish insists that not all songs from Happier Than Ever are autobiographical, which is true. However, there is some truth in every joke, isn't there...?

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