• December 10, 2019
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On November 13, Billie Eilish released her new song “everything i wanted.” Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, it fails to communicate any genuine emotions to the audience about her regrets about her fame. (Photo is public domain)

Billie Eilish’s new song “everything i wanted” dropped November 13, exciting fans and upsetting me. 

As someone who doesn’t listen to Billie Eilish, the only reason I know about this song is that Spotify aggressively pushed it into my “recommended”, as they are wont to do sometimes. Listening to her music always makes me ask myself the same question: What is the point of all this? I ask myself this because I genuinely do not know what I’m supposed to feel from her music.

Overall, the song embodies most of my issues with her music which is that it’s boring. It reminds me of every other song of hers where she mumbles about vague feelings of sadness. I enjoy listening to sad music, but I just associate her music with a sort of hollow whininess. Anytime I listen to a Billie Eilish song, I feel so disengaged it’s like I just blackout for three minutes. Her music and this song, in particular, lacks any feature to engage me as a listener to even care about whatever she’s sadly whispering about. I know it’s supposed to be about people expecting stuff from her now that she’s famous, and the pressures of being popular and all the typical stuff that every single artist seems to have a song about at some point in their career.

In general, I’m neutral to her music because I tend not to listen to stuff I’m uninterested in, but when Spotify and the people around me try to force me to listen to her, my opinion automatically sours. It’s probably unfair of me to conflate her music with how it’s presented to me, but I really don’t care. 

The main reason why I don’t like Eilish’s music is that it doesn’t make me feel anything. 

While her music generally tends to contain sad themes, it fails to effectively transmit any strong emotions to the audience, so then she comes across as unnecessarily whiny. The problem isn’t that she writes sad songs, it’s that she’s bad at writing effectively emotional songs. The way I see it, Billie Eilish’s work is pretty mediocre, and she’s popular mainly because people like her weird, edgy girl aesthetic.

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