Hay’s corner: top albums of 2010s

Jordan Hay, Staff Writer

Sometimes when you listen to an album for the first time, you don’t appreciate it. This has happened many times to me. I’ve listened to a record and it doesn’t resonate with me until the second, third or even fourth time around.
This was very much the case for the album I am writing about in this installment of my favorite albums of the decade.
Welcome back folks to the second part of my multiple issue series looking at my favorite albums of the 2010s. Today, I am talking about the first full-length album released by up and coming to pop superstar Billie Eilish, “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?”
This album and Eilish had a lot of hype surrounding them coming up to the release of the album in early 2019. Then the album released and Eilish’s stardom took off. The album was critically acclaimed and I did not understand it.
As a person who usually steers away from straight-up pop albums, the first listen through the record didn’t offer a lot. I just didn’t understand the hype around it. In hindsight, I feel like I was taking the easy way out and simply writing it off because it wasn’t the kind of music I usually gravitate towards.
After a while and after hearing some friend’s thoughts on the album, I decided to give it a second shot. And I will say, I am definitely glad that I did.
This album is possibly the best sounding album that I have heard in the past decade. This is a testament to the hard work of Eilish and her brother Finneas, who produced this album.
The album kicks off with the very catchy and super popular hit, “bad guy.” This track, like a lot of them on this album, has tremendous production. The instrumentation and the beat overall is spectacular. To put it bluntly, this song slaps.
Next on the tracklist, we get “xanny.” A nice track that highlights party culture here in America and Billie pretty much denounces it and the use of the highly addictive anti-anxiety medicine Xanax.
A highlight of the tracklist, in my opinion, comes next on “you should see me in a crown.” This is a track that shines on the back of Finneas’ production. The production makes this track more epic than it has any right to be.
Other highlights on the tracklist include “when the party’s over,” “my strange addiction,” “bury a friend” and “ilomilo” to name a few.
For a brother and sister duo to make this kind of record in their parents’ house is such a beautiful thing for the music scene. This shows that you can be anyone, as long as you have the talent required, to make great music.
Many may say that Eilish isn’t anything special. Sure there have been other pop artists who have made the same melancholic pop music for a while now. Lana Del Rey and Lorde come to mind. I feel like Eilish brings something new to the table, however, and should be seen as an inspiration for the pop music scene to come.
I have a feeling that this is not the last we will hear from Eilish. With this type of a debut record, I am excited to hear what’s next for these two.