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Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever’ Is a Rebellion, a Wink—and a Demand for Respect

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After a unanimously lauded debut album like, say, Billie Eilish’s 2019 Grammy-sweeping hit When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, the pressure and anticipation that surely precedes a new release is unfathomable to the average person. This, by way of broader commentary on the dark side of fame, is the foremost theme of Eilish’s sophomore album, Happier Than Ever.

Released on Friday, Happier Than Ever marks a sonic and thematic departure from its predecessor. But don’t be fooled by the name. Billie fans who felt seen by the teen’s refusal to shy away from candidly sharing the darkest aspects of her psyche will still find emotional comfort in the way she articulates feelings you didn’t even know you had (and does so damn beautifully). The 16-track album is as sombre and emotionally honest as Eilish’s debut. In fact, it even trades some of the playfulness of the first album, which shone through in sudden throaty giggles and jokes with the singer’s brother-slash-producer, Finneas, for a tone that straddles the line between wistful and jaded.

Nineteen years old now and having been thrust into stratospheric fame at 15,........

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