Review of ‘Happier Than Ever’: Billie Eilish demonstrates the musical maturity she has achieved so far

Billie Eilish She arrives with all her artillery, ready to silence the voices that speak of less public interest in her. Because if something has made it clear to us during the 5 years that it has already been in the music industry, it is that destructive criticism and negative opinions towards it are not going to influence it at all. Billie’s going to keep doing things her way, and incidentally, continue to consolidate an iconic style of composing that has made it recognized throughout the world.

Just a few days ago we knew that the singer is still one of the highest paid in the entire industry worldwide. Of course, this is not achieved for its own sake, but is the result of also being one of the most listened to artists with the different works that he has published to date. And now it’s time to increase that variety of topics so that we continue to talk about it for much longer.

With Happier Than Ever, the artist writes a new chapter in her career and confirms our suspicions: she remains faithful to the sounds that have made her popular, although while still experimenting with other currents unpublished in his music so far. Because if something has characterized the style of Billie Eilish during all these years, it is an incessant desire to revolutionize the industry and make songs that we never imagined would be mainstream.

Billie Eilish and the most powerful job of her career

The one who looked like he was going to be the colorful and cheerful brother of When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? has finally become A poisoned dart to Billie’s darkest past, and we do not say it precisely because of the aesthetics of its predecessor. It can be defined as a hymn to hope, to the popular saying that ‘better times will come’ when things are not going quite well. Why Happier Than Ever It is, above all, an album to celebrate that the end of that bad drink has already arrived.

With this new work, Billie has sent to the world a message that we should all burn ourselves when talking about her music: she’s not just the ‘sinister’ singer that many saw in topics like Bury A Friend or the well-known Bad Guy. But she’s not the sad singer either of When The Party’s Over. Billie Eilish is much more than that: she is a person with emotional ups and downs, like any other, and this is something that is evident in the sonic differences that we find in the entire tracklist of this album.

We must start at the end to truly realize this contrast, although for this you have to ignore the recommendation to listen to all the songs in order that Billie Eilish herself made on account of her previous album. The song that gives the album its name, Happier Than Ever, is the penultimate of the list and coincides with the song that has been released as a single after its publication. It is in her where Billie unleashes all her fury towards whoever was her boyfriend long ago, and it goes without saying that the end point to that relationship was not exactly positive.

Although comparisons are always odious, the name that anyone can have in mind after knowing this intrahistory is that of Olivia rodrigo. Not in vain, so much Sour What Happier Than Ever have in common that empowering moment in which both rebel and turn into songs everything they had been wishing they could let go of for a long time. Therefore, the word that best defines this apotheosis ending is none other than ‘release’. And in these times when the importance of mental health is finally beginning to be highlighted, it is something that can be very, very good for anyone.

The fact that until the album was released we already knew 6 of the 16 tracks that make it up may have subtracted part of the magic that these long-awaited releases always have. But this does not have to be negative for the album as a whole, but rather invites us to give a new meaning to those songs that we had already been listening for many months. And this is where the universe of contrasts that we referred to earlier comes into play. How are we not going to come up with the disco base of Oxytocin after enjoying the tenderness of My Future? And how can we not relate those two songs in an intrinsic way from now on?

Another of the surprises that Billie had in store for us was the inclusion on the album of Not My Responsibility. Its mighty allegation against the sexualization of women It was released in the form of a short film over a year ago and it is most shocking that we suddenly meet her without singing, simply making clear a message that puts the icing on the empowering cake of the album.

And yet this is not the last record in which we have discovered a new Billie Eilish. Goldwing is, probably, the song with which both she and her brother and inseparable production colleague FINNEAS they knew they would surprise. What starts out as a gospel choir that reaches even higher sound depth levels than the aforementioned When The Party’s Over soon becomes a subject full of rhythm, although without leaving aside a message about abuses in the industry which he later remarked in Your Power Y NDA, two of the themes that we already knew before.

Happier Than Ever It is the best confirmation that, in his almost 20 years and after having been in the world of music since he was a teenager, Billie Eilish knows like no one all the goings-on that can go around a young and female artist. Aspects that, even today, can be the triggers that even someone as recognized as her suffers all kinds of injustices that have now become not only a song, but an entire album. Because there are things that must be counted before bursting.