AOTY 2021
Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
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Based on 33 reviews
2021 Ratings: #54 / 682
Year End Rank: #25
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2021 Ratings: #83
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‘Happier Than Ever’ fully establishes Billie Eilish as one of her generation’s most significant pop artists – and, better still, does so without repeating a single trick from the debut that turned her life upside down.
Evening Standard

She still doesn’t sound anything like a glossy arena filler, which is a huge part of her appeal. She’s doing things very differently, which hopefully means a new way to survive too.


On her second full-length record Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish (alongside her producer/brother FINNEAS) has instigated a new direction that will inevitably ripple throughout our culture—and yeah, maybe even reset it.

Not just a triumph in progressing a signature sound into new territories, but a lesson in how to own your reality with confidence and class.
Northern Transmissions

Eilish is a talent beyond her years and is able to condense these huge issues into easily understandable lyrics that not only showcase how talented she is but also how smart. It is a beautiful album and one that will inspire and provoke conversations for many years to come.


A subtle triumph in the face of overwhelming pressure and expectations, Happier Than Ever is the sound of an artist coming into their own.

There is an elegance to this album that is hard to explain and even quantify, especially given some of the lyrical content, but it exists and is done with a bona fide confidence that is so refreshing to not only listen to, but also to watch unfold before our eyes.

Happier Than Ever is an intimate project: trading off gaudy, angsty teen-attitude and a jarring dichotomy of styles for a much more grown up, sombre and focused collection of songs.

Entertainment Weekly

Happier is threaded through with old-soul reflections on the fame game and her place in it.

A.V. Club

Happier Than Ever is proof that, though her life may be very different now, Eilish’s talent for the alchemical process of making deeply personal matters into profound and empathetic music remains as strong as ever, if not more so.


Billie Eilish continues to rise to the occasion on Happier Than Ever, staring down critics, naysayers and whatever the future holds while carrying self-love and compassion in her back pocket.

Rolling Stone
Her sophomore album documents her fears and traumas and still manages to sound astonishingly self-assured.
Slant Magazine

The songs on Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever seamlessly trace the singer’s path to happiness, or something close to it.

The Guardian
On perhaps the most anticipated album of 2021, Eilish uses subdued yet powerful songwriting to consider how fame has seeped into every corner of her life.
The Telegraph

Eilish's second album sees her tackle abuses of power in relationships, her lyrics pungent, her vocals layered in shimmering harmonies.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Courageously rebuffing the narratives that have been projected onto her, the singer forges her own path without regard for others’ expectations.
The Forty-Five
One of the most anticipated albums of the year is here, and it exists entirely on its own terms. Billie Eilish may sing about the pressures of fame, but she has no intention of letting it get the better of her.
The Irish Times
With unpredictable production that twists narratives around R&B melodies, dread-inducing techno beats and breezy jazz vocals, Eilish paints a suffocating picture of the confinements and exploitations of being a celebrity and a teenager.
Patiently moving into a new era, ‘Happier Than Ever’ is shrouded in a transformative darkness.
The Independent
The 19-year-old fills her second album with things most of us don’t have to deal with – NDAs, interviews, paparazzi – and yet she weaves them around universal woes.
The Observer
The teenage alt-pop sensation grows up and gets loose on her bold, retro-toned second album.

An album that consolidates and enhances Billie Eilish’s reputation as one of the stellar figures of her generation


It's not your typical upbeat pop album — instead, it's more reflective and subdued. Through it all, it stays true to the young artist that took over pop music in only a few short years.

The Arts Desk
These are guttering torch songs, for a generation flinching from definition.
On her second album, Billie Eilish sings with unsparing honesty about her rapid ascent to stardom and all its accompanying horrors. It’s woozy, effortlessly melodic, and showcases her command over the pop landscape.
Beats Per Minute

Aesthetically, it may be polarizing compared to the hit factory that was her debut, but Happier Than Ever stands on its own as a powerfully flawed, overstuffed, but meaningful exploration of what it’s like to live as both a teenager and a superstar in ways that none before her felt comfortable saying.

FLOOD Magazine

Happier Than Ever, good as it is, is curiously self-defeating; it spends its duration bemoaning the suffocating trappings of Eilish’s newfound fame while also ensuring that she’s going to have to deal with the plaudits and attention for at least a little while longer.


Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever mostly navigates a mix of downtempo and glitchy ambience, framing her as Gen Z’s resident chanteuse.

The Needle Drop

While many of Billie and Finneas' strengths remain intact, Happier Than Ever is a much less cohesive listen than When We All Fall Asleep.

Loud and Quiet

Happier Than Ever is a brave record, because Eilish faces down the danger of alienating her fans with thematic ideas that, delivered clumsily, would be unsympathetic. In the main, though, she’s deft enough to nullify the risk.

The Young Folks

It’s lyrically worth all the attention you can put into it ... But musically, there’s a little disappointment for those of us who love being thrown curveballs by her songs. 

Spectrum Culture

Eilish is such an instinctive artist that she can’t help but make her album about the pitfalls of fame immensely entertaining.

The Line of Best Fit

Packed with slow burns often blurring into each other, it’s a record to sit with and study - if you’ve got the time.


Breathtaking vocals, flawless production, and a wonderful tracklisting. This album turned me from a sceptic to a believer. I also have no doubt that this album will be huge, maybe even more than her last album. This is such a mature turn for Billie. I was not a fan of the fantasy, edgy stuff on her last project. I am a fan of nearly every single idea on this new one, down to the spoken word interlude of Not My Responsibility, to the most intense corners of this project. Billie is on ... read more
On Happier Than Ever, Billie expands and refines her formula, giving it a bigger dimension than in the past. Thematically, this new album is overwhelming, urgent and poignant, showing all the will of its author to break the codes of the Pop.

The interest of the music industry for very young talents has always existed. So has the self-taught development of this type of artist. However, the case of Billie Eilish is to be classified among the exceptions, as out of the ordinary. Whether you like ... read more
Billie Eilish’s explosion onto the music scene is unique in a way that is comparable to basically no one, being immediately loved by mainstream listeners, indieheads, alt-kids, and the music industry/award shows at large. She essentially received the level of fame one would expect of a Justin Bieber type while still having some sort of “cred” from music nerds (at least the ones that don’t hate women with dyed hair). So after sweeping the Grammy’s and the love of ... read more
It was quite obvious from the beginning that Billie Eilish's new album "Happier Than Ever" would be significantly more mature than her previous works. You could see this in the name, the cover art, and some of the singles. I've been excited to see this progression of her, and I can say that it is definitely rewarding. This new album, in my opinion, is absolutely better than her debut. It is much more atmospheric, experimental, and memorable. It feels like the record has less filler ... read more
A young artist that may be underestimated finally emerging into herself as a musician, curating a new and improved style for herself. Ridiculed online for a disappointing era in her newfound spotty discography, against all odds, ‘Happier Than Ever’ delivers on Eilish’s best project yet and shows even more promise than her debut.

Coming off of a melodramatic electropop, alternative R&B debut, Billie Eilish is now back with her sophomore release, “Happier Than ... read more
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Added on: April 27, 2021