I’ve been underwhelmed by the new songs Billie Eilish has released from her sophomore album Happier Than Ever (which was released a few days ago as you’re reading this post, but a week after I’m writing it).
Following my lukewarm reaction to her Grammy-sweeping smash When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, I figured maybe her 2017 debut EP Don’t Smile At Me was an exception and she just isn’t my cup of tea.
Has any solo artist achieved as much success at as young an age as Billie Eilish? She is the youngest artist ever to win the Album of the Year Grammy, and the youngest ever to win Record of the Year (which she has won twice, making her also the second-youngest behind only herself).
She is one of only eight people to sweep the Grammys top three awards (Album, Record, Song) in one ceremony, and by far the youngest to do that. She is one of only two to add Best New Artist to that tally, joining Christopher Cross, who was 30 when he did it.
Coming off of her historic night at the Grammys, Billie Eilish has her second top ten hit with ‘everything i wanted,’ the latest single from her lauded debut album when we all fall asleep where do we go.
The previous single, ‘bad guy,’ made it to #1, while this one peaked at #8 and is currently sitting in the tenth spot.
I enjoyed Eilish’s 2017 EP Don’t Smile at Me quite a bit, but I haven’t warmed to this album. It has a few highlights, but too much of it is meandering and shapeless. This song has grown on me with repeat listens, though.
Best Movies of the 2010s
#5 – Roma (2018)
Before diving into my top five movies of the last decade, I have to say that ordering these titles was truly a bitch. I have had each of the five in the top spot at one time or another, and every time it felt exactly right. These are five very different films, all perfect in their own unique ways.
Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma is the most ambitious achievement of the bunch — the capital-F Film. It earned Cuaron Oscars for Direction, Cinematography and Foreign Language Film, and had a fighting chance of becoming the first non-English movie to win Best Picture.
But don’t hold any of that against it!
My last Billie Eilish song this week is the first track of hers I ever heard, and the one I still consider her best.
‘Bellyache’ is written from the perspective of a murderer who seems to be regretting her actions. Eilish has said the lyrics are a metaphor for anytime we do something for reasons we can’t entirely explain.