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Happier Than Ever

Billie Eilish

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It goes without saying that this second album was hotly anticipated. Having shot to international superstardom with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and having already taken five Grammy AwardsBillie Eilish has flipped the script without changing the fundamentals. Her tortured dark pop has evolved with the ironically-titled Happier Than Ever"Almost none of the songs on this album are joyful", she points out. Take the cover, where she poses as Our Lady of Sorrowsthis gifted but tearful icon chooses to clothe yesterday's sorrows in soft and voluptuous pop sounds. Where the last album was all about nightmarish fiction, this more intimate work takes a realist turn. Very eclectic musically, sometimes vintage, sometimes futuristic, its sixteen tracks rack up one surprise after another: Billie is never where you expect her to be.

The sequences are carefully worked-out. Eilish oscillates between slow tempos (Getting OlderBillie bossa nova) and haunting EDM beats on Oxytocin – the hormone of love – or minimalist sounds (as on OverHeated), making for an amazing mix of genres. Thus, among Grimes-like syncopated choruses (GOLDWING), autotuned R'N'B (NDA) in the style of 070 Shake, folk ballads (Halley's Comet) and spartan soundscapes (Not My Responsibility), she manages to slip in the guitar-vocals number "Your Power", an emotional peak on which she speaks about suffering abuse. Accompanied by her brother, Finneas O'Connell, an enjoying a slick production job, Billie Eilish has created a masterful record which she hoped would prove timeless. That ambition is easy to understand when she mentions Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Julie London as influences. "It was the most enriching and deepest experience I have ever had with my music," she says. Fortunately, at just 19, there are likely to be many more. © Charlotte Saintoin / Qobuz

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1
Getting Older
00:04:04

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Engineer, Piano, Vocal Arranger, Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, Vocal Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Darkroom/Interscope Records

2
I Didn't Change My Number
00:02:38

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arranger, Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, Vocal Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Darkroom/Interscope Records

3
Billie Bossa Nova
00:03:16

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Engineer, Electric Guitar, Piano, Vocal Arranger, Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, Vocal Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Darkroom/Interscope Records

4
my future
00:03:30

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Greenham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer - Billie Eilish, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Finneas O'Connell, Engineer, Electric Guitar, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, Electric Bass, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Darkroom/Interscope Records

5
Oxytocin
00:03:30

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Engineer, Percussion, Vocal Arranger, Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, Vocal Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Darkroom/Interscope Records

6
GOLDWING
00:02:31

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Engineer, Percussion, Vocal Arranger, Synth Bass, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, Vocal Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Darkroom/Interscope Records

7
Lost Cause
00:03:32

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Arranger, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, Vocal Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Darkroom/Interscope Records

8
Halley's Comet
00:03:54

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Engineer, Electric Guitar, Piano, Vocal Arranger, Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, Vocal Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Darkroom/Interscope Records

9
Not My Responsibility
00:03:47

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arranger, Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, Vocal Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Darkroom/Interscope Records

10
OverHeated
00:03:34

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arranger, Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, Vocal Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Darkroom/Interscope Records

11
Everybody Dies
00:03:26

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arranger, Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, Mellotron, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, Vocal Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Darkroom/Interscope Records

12
Your Power
00:04:05

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocal Arranger, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, Vocal Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Darkroom/Interscope Records

13
NDA
00:03:15

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Engineer, Percussion, Vocal Arranger, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, Vocal Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Darkroom/Interscope Records

14
Therefore I Am
00:02:53

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Darkroom/Interscope Records

15
Happier Than Ever
00:04:58

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Engineer, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Programmer, Vocal Arranger, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, Nylon-String Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, Vocal Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Darkroom/Interscope Records

16
Male Fantasy
00:03:14

Rob Kinelski, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - FINNEAS, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Arranger, Synthesizer, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billie Eilish, Vocals, Vocal Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Finneas O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Billie Eilish O'Connell, ComposerLyricist - Eli Heisler, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Darkroom/Interscope Records

Album Description

It goes without saying that this second album was hotly anticipated. Having shot to international superstardom with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and having already taken five Grammy AwardsBillie Eilish has flipped the script without changing the fundamentals. Her tortured dark pop has evolved with the ironically-titled Happier Than Ever"Almost none of the songs on this album are joyful", she points out. Take the cover, where she poses as Our Lady of Sorrowsthis gifted but tearful icon chooses to clothe yesterday's sorrows in soft and voluptuous pop sounds. Where the last album was all about nightmarish fiction, this more intimate work takes a realist turn. Very eclectic musically, sometimes vintage, sometimes futuristic, its sixteen tracks rack up one surprise after another: Billie is never where you expect her to be.

The sequences are carefully worked-out. Eilish oscillates between slow tempos (Getting OlderBillie bossa nova) and haunting EDM beats on Oxytocin – the hormone of love – or minimalist sounds (as on OverHeated), making for an amazing mix of genres. Thus, among Grimes-like syncopated choruses (GOLDWING), autotuned R'N'B (NDA) in the style of 070 Shake, folk ballads (Halley's Comet) and spartan soundscapes (Not My Responsibility), she manages to slip in the guitar-vocals number "Your Power", an emotional peak on which she speaks about suffering abuse. Accompanied by her brother, Finneas O'Connell, an enjoying a slick production job, Billie Eilish has created a masterful record which she hoped would prove timeless. That ambition is easy to understand when she mentions Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Julie London as influences. "It was the most enriching and deepest experience I have ever had with my music," she says. Fortunately, at just 19, there are likely to be many more. © Charlotte Saintoin / Qobuz

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