Billie Eilish‘s freshman LP, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, painted the breakout singer/songwriter as the antidote to the shimmery pop acts known to dominate the Top 40. With dark, grungy productions (masterminded by her brother Finneas O’Connell) and lyricism, an exemplar being her summer-defining single “Bad Guy,” Eilish quickly became the hard-shelled succubus that the pop world didn’t know it needed.
Eilish’s newest single “Everything I Wanted” shows the 17 year old drop the act, presenting listeners not with Billie Eilish the grunge-pop star, but with Billie Eilish the person. The soft-stepping tune is ultimately a tribute to her brother, with a personal statement alongside the release that reads,
“No matter what happens, we always have been and will be there to make it better.”
But “Everything I Wanted” goes a step further, offering a touch of transparency to Eilish’s meteoric rise to fame. Lyrics like “They called me weak / like I’m not just somebody’s daughter,” as well as an outro that repeats “If they knew what they said would go straight to my head / what would they say instead?” don’t only show the personal impact of becoming a household name, but add a new dimension of relatability to one of 2019’s breakout acts.
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