WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2019 Ratings: #79 / 263
User Score
2019 Ratings: #240
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.

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
79
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
exception
55
Edgy Lorde
JoaoSantos
56
People that give it a 0 because it's Billie Eilish are virgins

So, this album is an interesting direction for Billie Eilish. I was actually surprised by the first songs but some of the production choices were horrible. Billie's performance is mostly bad, to be honest. Everything feels kinda shallow and just uninspiring. I dig the aesthetic (although it gets really boring sometimes) but the lack of an actual personality in most tracks and the poorly thought vocal and production choices make ... read more
BradTasteMusic
71
I wish that the site didn’t reward people who just gave first impressions as quickly as possible. I’m guilty of abusing this system. There are so many flaws with the popularity algorithm.

Half a listen, and boom review.
MrMclainy
93
3/8/19 pre-listening hot take: ok but honestly that cover looks like it smells bad

4/3/19 review: Well shit. I did not see this coming. Saying that I wasn’t a big fan of Billie’s 2017 EP is an understatement. It was a project that had a lot of potential for sure, but I never felt like any track ended up sticking the landing, and instead all compiled themselves into an extended play of undercooked and frustratingly bland sad girl music.

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP drags that once ... read more
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Track List

  1. !!!!!!!
  2. bad guy
  3. xanny
  4. you should see me in a crown
  5. all the good girls go to hell
  6. wish you were gay
  7. when the party's over
  8. 8
  9. my strange addiction
  10. bury a friend
  11. ilomilo
  12. listen before i go
  13. i love you
  14. goodbye
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