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Fans are "happier than ever"with the new Billie Eilish album


     It seems like every day a new album hits the number one spot on the charts, but it’s not often that it stays for weeks. According to Ben Sasario with The New York Times, in the case of Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever, listeners continued to show their appreciation for three weeks. The album definitely deserves this much love for being one of the most meaningful of this generation. With slow-but-upbeat tracks to some spoken word, Eilish has proven just how much of a talent she is.

     One of the most interesting tracks is titled “Billie Bossa Nova,” named after the 1960s Jazz styling. According to SongFacts, “bossa nova” translates from Portuguese to “new trend,” or “new wave.”  The track’s music was arranged by Eilish’s brother, Finneas O’Connell, who has been known to accompany her. Though Eilish has not yet announced the meaning of this track, fans have speculated that this is a sign of a new beginning for her, especially since her musical sound is a lot different. I love this new sound. It’s not something I’ve ever heard in modern-day pop music, and I can’t wait to see how Eilish uses it in the future.

     Another popular track is called, “my future”. This was the first single released off the album, and according to Eilish on her Instagram, she had no plan for the album’s

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creation upon the song’s release. This track tells of how excited she is for what’s yet to come. The music video is good at portraying this meaning by showing an animated Billie walking through a forest that’s environment changes from rain to sun ー symbolizing her mental growth which allows room to introduce a track with a lot of meaning.

     “Not My Responsibility” is the most influential track, and this is partially due to it being a spoken-word poem. Listeners may recognize this if they have seen the opener to Eilish’s shows for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? From physical appearance to ways of thinking, Eilish digs deep into her insecurities and tells her haters that their opinions don’t affect her. This opened the door for her to be more confident in what she wears while telling her fans that the way you dress doesn’t determine who you are.

     Finally, we move to my favorite track, the title track, “Happier than Ever”. This song shows how much Eilish has accepted herself and has realized how much love she deserves as a person. As a song that leads from slow tempo to powerful vocals, Eilish dominates her world by yelling out to the people that hurt her ー hinting at taking back her life. 

     Fans have gone crazy on TikTok while powerfully lip syncing to the lyrics, “You made me hate this city!” This ultimately proves how relatable the song is ー it’s even influential in my life. Dancing to it is a good way to let out frustration, and it shows why exactly Eilish made this the title track.

     This album is one of the best released this year, and I’m so glad to see that it is getting the recognition that it deserves. Eilish and O’Connell have been advertising its release since the beginning of the year, and I’m glad to see that the wait was worth it. This is something I would highly recommend to anyone. It has a diverse selection of sounds, from indie to pop to jazz, and I definitely believe that this is one of the best albums of my generation. 

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