“Happier Than Ever,” Eilish’s second studio album following 2019’s Grammy-winning “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” dropped at midnight on Friday, with the 19-year-old proving her inventive transformation goes far deeper than a new hair color.
For a singer who’s been candid about past mental health struggles and dealing with fame at a younger age, Eilish concurrently flaunts confident confidence and mature self-reflection on her newest file, telling off a poisonous ex in a single observe (“Happier Than Ever”) whereas falling in love with who she desires to turn into in one other (“my future”).
And Eilish is not afraid to shake up followers’ expectations, dropping one observe akin to a spoken-word poem geared toward scrutiny over her physique and vogue decisions (“Not My Responsibility”).
The 16 tracks additionally take listeners on a nonlinear journey of falling out and in of affection, as Eilish croons about heartbreak and the painful, unsure means of therapeutic. Though every music shines in its personal method — and followers are certain to come back away with very totally different lists of favorites — right here are 5 tracks all music lovers ought to pay attention to:
“Goldwing” is a music like no different in Eilish’s physique of labor. The observe begins as a church hymn, with a choir resounding, “He hath come to the bosom of his beloved.” But later, a beat drops, reworking the music into one thing extra akin to the dark-pop fashion of her first album. The music’s dynamic twist retains listeners on their toes and permits “Goldwing” to soar.
4. ‘Getting Older’
Eilish opens the album with this comfortable, meditative reflection on, nicely, getting older.
And she does not maintain again lyrically, providing what looks as if commentary on her personal emotions about the music business. “Things I once enjoyed just keep me employed now,” she confesses. “Things I’m longing for someday I’ll be bored of.”
She also opens up about dealing with stalkers as a result of fame: “There’s so much I’m grateful for / But it is totally different when a stranger’s all the time ready at your door,” she sings. “The strangers appear to need me greater than anybody earlier than / Too unhealthy they’re often deranged.”
Whether you’re coming of age as a pop star or not, the song is a relatable tear-jerker about the passage of time and a beautiful opener.
3. ‘Male Fantasy’
This song’s instrumentals are simple, but its inventive lyrics land “Male Fantasy” on this listing.
The song opens with Eilish describing a night home alone, as she tries to “distract myself with pornography.” But the track is far from crass, as Eilish expands the tune into a deeper meditation on loneliness and the contrived nature of forcing your heart to heal.
“Cause I liked you then and I like you now and I do not understand how,” she sings. “Guess it is arduous to know when no one else comes round / If I’m getting over you or simply pretending to be alright / Convince myself I hate you.”
Rather than end the album with a definitive declaration of healing, Eilish closes with this track — and, thus, keeps listeners living in the question of how to move on from heartbreak. It’s sophisticated ambiguity like this that proves proves why, at 19, Eilish is already a music legend.
2. ‘Happier Than Ever’
A theme across the album is transformation, and, much like the song “Goldwing,” the title track takes listeners on an instrumental journey.
The song starts sweet, soft and innocent, with Eilish explaining to her ex she’s actually “happier than ever” without them. And, much like a heart healing over time, the song itself grows more confident and bold as it goes on, blossoming from a subdued, quiet tune into a full-on rock anthem, drums and all.
“I do not relate to you no / Cause I’d by no means deal with me this (expletive),” she sings. “You made me hate this metropolis / And I don’t discuss (expletive) about you on the web / Never advised anybody something unhealthy / ‘Cause that (expletive)’s embarrassing.”
It’s a curveball from Eilish, known for her soft, intimate vocals. But it doesn’t disappoint.
1. ‘Halley’s Comet’
Perhaps the biggest twist on “Happier Than Ever” is that, on an album dealing so much with heartbreak, the best song is a gushing, unashamed love ballad.
There are no fancy vocal tricks on this song. No big production twists. It’s a simple song about one of the most complex experiences: falling in love. And yet, Eilish’s signature, soft voice makes it soar above the rest.
“I’ve been liked earlier than however proper now on this second,” she sings with candor. “I really feel an increasing number of like I was made for you,”
It’s vulnerable. It’s honest. It’s Eilish doing what Eilish does best.