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Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” Album Review

One of the biggest stars of the century is back. Stark in maturity, complexion and musicality, Billie’s “Happier Than Ever.” Her genre-defining sound has been prolific since the debut of ocean eyes, and her first debut, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? with bad guy and when’s the party over. But this time, gone are the baggy clothes, the adolescent catharsis and the unique hair. This time, comes a new Billie. All grown up. Illustrious, sleek and sexy, Billie Eilish comes of age. And with, her first vogue cover. In what seems like a turning of age, she has become the female face of modern diplomacy, charting course for changes not just in an old-fashioned music industry for women, but the restrictions women face in every day-to-day environments.

If the album name goes by anything, safe to say, she is finally happy and comfortable with who she is, out and proud within her music, too.

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Happier Than Ever brings a more wiser, self-reflective approach to Billie’s artistry with Getting Older, which tackles responsibility, sexual harassment and reflecting the distress she has gone through within the music industry. Which to me, after seeing her grown up in such a difficult industry being in the limelight, is quite sad.

“Things I once enjoyed,

Just keep me employed now.”

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Fan pre-favourites, my future, Your Power and Lost Cause are strong contenders within an album fluxed with empowering emotion, undulating electronics and lustful lyrics that are so Billie. GOLDWING and Everybody Dies are my favourites among those already chosen, with the atmospheric space scapes making a return to her sophomore album. It’s a refreshing take on her music, shedding the skin of the angry from her debut and returning to her former modest self on her new and nurturing EP of don’t smile at me.

Worth the listen – even for the status of the artist.

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Let’s Talk: Can song lyrics be considered as a form of poetry?

We’re all familiar on here with the power of poetry and the part it plays upon us bloggers. We love it and can’t get enough of it. So in the same breadth of enthusiasm and high drive of inspiration, I today, ask you this: can our most beloved song lyrics be seen as the same?

From Say Something, to the Power of Love and finally ending with the likes of My Immortal, song lyricism is a strong – and often depending factor – on how we connect with a song and its literate story. You can certainly say that the thoughts of one musician are very similar to that of one poet or screenwriter. Emphatic, troubled and majorly inspired to produce work that others can connect with on an emotional level. But what ultimately separates to the two forms of art? What makes poetry and what makes lyricism suitable for a song? Whether it be that poetry is more on a commendable level of understanding or song lyrics are created in a more ‘simple’ way so mass audiences can understand it too, is certainly something worth thinking about.

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“Why is the bedroom so cold turned away on your side?

Is my timing that flawed, our respect run so dry?”

Joy Divison, Joy Will Tear Us Apart

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What’s the difference between the two? Is there comparable arguments or will the two remain indifferent between one another?

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You used to captivate me by your resonating light
Now, I’m bound by the life you left behind
Your face it haunts my once pleasant dreams
Your voice it chased away all the sanity in me

My Immortal, Ben Moody

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By all means, let me know what you think to this one – make me aware of any noteworthy song lyrics that you feel should be seen as poetry and we’ll have a good ol’ discussion about it. Happy Wednesday.

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Into playlists? Lo and behold, I made a few of my own. Check them out below.

25 tracks to melt away too. We’ll see you soon NY. Melt Jazz

For the pissed-off playlist if you want to just simply rock? Welcome, this is for you. Trainwreck Rock