The pressure was great, the expectations even higher. “Happier Than Ever” is possibly the most anticipated album of the year from the most exciting pop star in the world right now: Billie Eilish. And the excitement started long before Friday’s release date, as the 19-year-old seemed to have changed a lot since her debut “When we …

The pressure was great, the expectations even higher. “Happier Than Ever” is possibly the most anticipated album of the year from the most exciting pop star in the world right now: Billie Eilish. And the excitement started long before Friday’s release date, as the 19-year-old seemed to have changed a lot from her “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” Debut, which she was incredibly cool on, with neon green highlights in black hair and wide, baggy pants that should be understood as a statement against the sexualization of the female body. “I want the world to never know everything about me. That’s why I wear loose, baggy clothes,” she explained. “No one can say, ‘She has a flat butt, she has a big ass!’ Because they don’t know. ” And now? Billie Eilish showcased her body in vintage lingerie and blonde hair on the cover of Vogue. Many fans were disappointed. Had she given in to pressure from the music industry to be sexier? Eilish has a completely different opinion and explained in the fashion magazine: “Suddenly you are a hypocrite when you want to show your skin, and you are easy to have, you are a bitch. Me and all the girls are bitches, but Fuck .” If so, be proud of it. “Let’s turn the situation around and pull out some strength. Showing off your body and showing off your skin – or not – shouldn’t rob you of your respect.

Still a teenager, Billie Eilish seems to have grown up. In the very first song “Getting Old”, she reflects on getting older, praising the realization that the things she used to love have now become a duty. From the start, Billie Eilish spoke to many young people with her songs from the heart, not without touching their parents as well. Now her teenage years have been a little different than her fans: worldwide success, Grammys in all major categories, billions of clicks. She no longer lives in her small children’s room, where she produced the debut with her brother Finneas O’Connell, but in a place she doesn’t want to name because the whole world is watching her: “I have the feel like you’re looking at me. Always. Nothing I do stays invisible “, sings, no she speaks in the lyric piece” Not my responsibility “and asks” The body I was born into is not this that you wanted? ”Billie Eilish reflects on himself on this album as well as on the society in which this me must get along.

“Happier Than Ever” has become a personal album – but even though Eilish’s life differs from that of her fans of the same age, her personal stories continue to offer them a lot of identifying potential: for people harassed and insulted on social networks, which are under Suffering from depression who have suffered abuse in relationships. She sings about stalkers, therapy sessions, human abysses – and how to escape them. This album is her favorite personal project, she wrote on Instagram at the end of April, she “never felt as much love for a project as for this one”. Musically, the album definitely sounds more loving, sometimes almost joyful. Less dark beats, but now “Billie Bossa Nova”. She was inspired by Frank Sinatra and Julie London. It looks trendy as well as timeless, but it doesn’t kick in as much, sometimes splashing. Hits like “Bad Boy”, which first confused you with their stumbling bass and then really blew you away, are sought in vain. Instead, more singer / songwriter vocals, less dance floor. More heat, less freshness. In the title track with a sweet melody suddenly borrowed from stadium rock – a brief surprise on the album otherwise not particularly surprising.

Despite the tough topics and the tears on the cover, is Billie Eilish really happier than ever, happier than ever, as the title suggests? Yes, said Eilish. The process of creating the album made her feel good and made her happy. “I think this album was made at a time that was perfect for me from a creative standpoint. It was so natural, easy, fun and relaxed.” Before that, she had never been confident in her own abilities, she said. Today, however, it is different.

Lucky Because if anyone is to be confident in their own abilities, then ask Billie Eilish. Especially when, with “Happier than ever”, she couldn’t meet all the far too high expectations.

Title song from Billie Eilish’s new album “Happier Than Ever”