WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2019 Ratings: #130 / 590
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2019 Ratings: #489
March 29, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Darkroom, Interscope / Label
Electropop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

‘When We All Fall Asleep…’ is a memorable and game-changing debut record, with Billie's disruptive streak front and centre. We'll no doubt see the mainstream scrabbling to replicate it.

91
Consequence of Sound

Whatever missteps there may be, Eilish’s commanding, yet vulnerable, performances easily overcome them to create one of the best debut albums of the young year.

90
Clash

‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ is a brave and fortuitous debut album from the LA teen, capturing the hopes, fears and vulnerabilities of an entire generation. The genius in this record is its unaffected relatability.

90
DIY

‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ is a supremely exciting, innovative first move from a pop voice that feels utterly fresh and modern.

90
Highsnobiety

It’s rare to hear someone so young have this much fun on their debut record while still crafting something that’s downright game-changing in its bravado.

90
Spill Magazine

This album cements her as a force to be reckoned with.

90
Earmilk

She's become rapidly and dangerously famous in a short amount of time, and When We All Fall Asleep, its artistic achievements aside, manages to exist somewhere between critique, honest reflection of the zeitgeist and a progression of the Billie Eilish mystery.

85
The Line of Best Fit

She has created an album so unquestionably true to her quirks and personality traits that fans are offered a true insight into her process and psyche.

80
AllMusic

With When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, she demonstrates that she can do it all, hinting at a bright future that could truly go in any direction, as messy and hopeful as youth can get.

80
The Guardian

The highs are thrilling, and despite their obvious pedigree, arranged unlike anything else in contemporary pop. They also reveal the lows more starkly.

80
The Telegraph

Eilish is something special, a pop avatar of a Generation Z mood of sensitive disaffection.

80
Exclaim!

Eilish's success is no fluke — When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is a debut record that showcases a bold artistic vision and a willingness to move beyond the boundaries of pop conventions.

80
The Observer

Fascinatingly ambitious, and often extremely fun, this debut finds pop in safe and thrilling hands.

80
The Needle Drop

It's a shame that the popularity and promotion behind Billie Eilish has poisoned the well a bit, as When We All Fall Asleep is actually an artful, well-crafted, and unique pop album.

73
Paste

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? has its faults, not quite hitting its full potential, but it gets damn well close, delivering an infectious record for the post-party hangover.

72
Pitchfork

The debut album from the meteoric pop star lives in a world of its own: gothic, bass-heavy, at turns daring and quite beautiful.

70
Rolling Stone

It’s an album full of dressed-down avant-pop with D.I.Y. immediacy and intimacy that can still hold its own amid Top 40 maximalists like Ariana Grande and Halsey.

70
Sputnikmusic

The record’s highlights seem to come not when Eilish crafts a huge chorus or a memorable lyric, but rather when the beat dictates the flow of the song.

70
Spectrum Culture

It’s exhilarating when pop stars throw caution to the wind like this.

60
Loud and Quiet

In the end, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is a triumph of style over substance; it is lyrically in lockstep with Eilish’s generation and, superficially at least, ticks a more than enough of the requisite sonic boxes, particularly in terms of the production, to meet with the approval of the tastemakers.

60
NOW Magazine

The album plays like an angsty diary, scribbled with pseudo-depth that rings true to what it’s like growing up. It doesn’t have a definitive narrative, but explores sexuality, drugs and love in a way that doesn’t talk down to the listener.

40
The Independent

For the most part, When We All Fall Asleep is stiflingly dull and bloated, with subpar production from Eilish and her brother, Finneas O’Connell.

PipePanic
86
You guys ready for one sentence reviews that make penis jokes or jokes based on the album name or artist name that get 50 likes because of that epic funny haha but overall the only thing contributing to the albums discussion is the rating?  Anyway this album is poopoo peepee pretty good.

Ok, this album isn't a classic. Hell no. It's the most accessable and easy to digest 'dist0rted and edgy!!!!1!' album to come of this year, and if you've spent enough time in this genre of emo pop, then ... read more
Space Vacation
39
Whisper singing at it's most inappropriate and annoying.
I had to check my speakers and throw on some other songs just to make sure the awful distortion was this album and not me.
None of the song's length times look bad on paper but listening to them, they feel twice as long as they need to be.

This will definitely be popular but I personally can not figure out why other than everyone on Earth had shitty taste at age 15.
It makes me genuinely uncomfortable to imagine this as a trendsetter.

8 ... read more
Inglume
51
(Thom Yorke in his bathtub, July 2019)

Rubber Ducky: "Great to see you again, fella! Got any plans for ano-"

Thom: "I like Billie Eilish. She's doing her own thing. Nobody's telling her what to do."

Rubber Ducky: "That's great for her, but I was talking abou-"

Thom: "When I look at someone like Billie Eilish, I'm like...shit man....rock n roll is not even close to being dead..."

Rubber Ducky: "INACCURATE, but anyways, what do you have planned ... read more
zachthesnack
85
Edit: Melon’s 8/10 will help stans feel validated 🙃

I actually found myself thuroughly enjoying this album quite more than the relative rest of the field in this new wave of pop stars that has been emerging as of lately. Though there is nothing particularly impressive on this record other than Billie’s musical maturity and stage confidence at such a young age. I found the bulk of the tracks on this thing to be quite fulfilling and fairly wel orchestrated. The album’s ... read more
morningsbell
51
Billie's voice carried this album, in all honesty. The production is extremely underwhelming that it sounds like something that kids from my school's digital music recording class can do (and they actually did remake a Billie Eilish song within a week). There are some nice vocal harmonies here and there, but Biilie's vocals are still not utilized to her full extent. Although some songs I still enjoyed (wish you were gay, when the party's over), the album overall mistakes blandness as ... read more
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