Billie Eilish


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Don't Smile at Me (2017), 7/10 (EP)
When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? (2019) , 6.5/10
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Los Angeles-born Billie Eilish (last name O'Connell) was only 15 when her ethereal folk-pop ballad Ocean Eyes (written and arranged by her brother Finneas O'Connell) went viral on the Internet. Another early single, Bellyache, added a darker, spectral side to her sound. The eight-song EP Don't Smile at Me (2017) delivered third-rate sleepy dance-soul (Xanny) and tedious balladry (Watch) but also a trio of intriguing ideas: the cabaret-tish My Boy (how Marlene Dietrich would sound in the digital era) the subliminal singalong Copycat, and the beach shuffle Party Favor. The influence of Lorde looms over the proceedings.

The album When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? (2019) turned her into a world star by adding the whispered Wish You Were Gay, evoking smoky night-clubs of the 1940s, the delicate suicidal Listen Before i Go, the glitch-dubstep-folk number You Should see me in a Crown, and the grotesquely melodramatic When the Party's Over. The real highlight is the sophisticated production method of her brother, faithful to the "less is more" principle. He crafts the skeletal swinging lullaby Bury a Friend (possibly the standout), the weakly pulsing ska Ilomilo , and another cabaret-sounding number, All the Good Girls go to Hell. Her (his?) biggest hit was Bad Guy, with tribal beat, cinematic synth melody and phrasing of the doo-wop era. Unfortunately the (widely acclaimed) single Everything i Wanted (2019) and Bitches Broken Hearts (2019) invested in the least interesting elements of his arrangements and of her voice.

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(Translation by/ Tradotto da Pierluigi Napoli)

Nata a Los Angeles, Billie Eilish (cognome O'Connell) era solo quindicenne quando la sua eterea ballata folk-pop Ocean Eyes (scritta e arrangiata da suo fratello Finneas O'Connell) diventa virale su Internet. Un altro dei primi singoli, Bellyache, aggiunge un lato piu’ oscuro e spettrale al suo sound. L’EP di otto brani Don't Smile at Me (2017) consegna un soporifero dance-soul di terza mano (Xanny) e ballate noiose (Watch) ma anche un trio di idee intriganti: la cabarettistica My Boy (come avrebbe suonato Marlene Dietrich nell’era digitale), il singalong subliminale Copycat, e lo shuffle da spiaggia Party Favor. L’influenza di Lorde incombe sulle procedure.

L’album When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? (2019) l’ha trasformata in una star mondiale aggiungendo la sussurata Wish You Were Gay, che rievoca i night-club fumosi degli anni ‘40, la delicata e suicida Listen Before i Go, il numero glitch-dubstep-folk You Should see me in a Crown, e la grottescamente melodrammatica When the Party's Over. La vera attrazione e’ il sofisticato metodo di produzione di suo fratello, fedele al principio "meno e’ meglio". Lui crea la scheletrica ninnananna swingante Bury a Friend (probabilmente il picco), lo ska debolmente pulsante Ilomilo, e un altro numero da cabaret, All the Good Girls go to Hell. La sua (di lui?) hit piu’ grande e’ Bad Guy, con beat tribale, melodia di sintetizzatore cinematica e fraseggio dell’era doo-wop. Sfortunatamente il singolo Everything i Wanted (2019) e Bitches Broken Hearts (2019) investono negli aspetti meno interessanti dei suoi arrangiamenti e della sua voce.