As you scream into the web of silence...
Maybe it's the mix, or maybe it's the way the vocals are utilized? I dunno. I'll listen over Leviathan again in future and see.
It's nice to know you enjoyed it! I agree that she's not the best out there, but in the current pop scene, when it's so easy to build yourself over the success of other artists, I appreciate her effort to bring something that's refreshingly new, if not particularly new new — which is essentially the exact same thing Poe did back in the day, by taking the alt pop/pop punk genre tropes and turning them on their head. While they're not very similar in style (even though Billie does bring in some elements to her music that Poe also used), their purpose in music is more or less the same.
1. !!!!!!! - hahaha wtf
2. bad guy - Interesting song, it's very simplistic music-wise. Eilish has an interesting voice, not sure if I like it or not but y'know. I like the lyrics, they're pretty good. It's not a mindblowing song and it's very modern and stuff but y'know. Not a big fan of the hip-hop beat that comes in though. 7/10
3. xanny - Man, when she's singing here it really sounds like she's wearing that Invisalign from the first track. I like that vocal effect on the chorus piece. It's pretty cool. Okay, this bridge is pretty awesome. Some pretty emotional stuff follows it and I really like the vocal harmonies on that ending. Those are enough to bring the song up for me. 8/10
4. you should see me in a crown - This hip hop beat is used pretty well, IMO, and the song has a lot of cool musical effects going on that I like. Yeah, as a whole song this one's pretty good. Not quite as good as the great stuff on the previous song but y'know. 8/10
5. all the good girls go to hell - Okay, I'm really digging this song. If I have criticisms it's that I wish she wouldn't be so reliant on those near-whispering vocals and that the song would've had a more complete ending. Other than that, great music and awesome lyrics. 9/10
6. wish you were gay - Okay, this song goes a bit closer with what I was saying about the last song. Her vocals really start to rise up in this song and make the chorus more memorable because of it. It's not quite as good as the previous song, but it's still pretty good. I'm liking it. Also, holy shit, it ends with a clapping effect Poe used on one of her songs. Hmmm. 9/10
7. when the party's over - I just realized that I'm literally older than this girl. Huh. Anyway, this song does a lot of good stuff, but the vocals don't quite knock it out of the park. Not quite as good as the previous two songs. 8/10
8. 8 - It's not bad but there's really nothing much here that blows me away. Good, not great. 7/10
9. my strange addiction - Okay, I'm liking the way she's composed this song. It's pretty great. What isn't so great is... again, the vocals. She doesn't enunciate well enough for me, and that's probably what I like least about her over. But really, it's a pretty good song otherwise. That chorus is lit. 8/10
10. bury a friend - I like the ideas here, it's a pretty boppy song with some dark subject matter, which is cool. It just doesn't really blow me away or anything. 7/10
11. ilomilo - Really nice little song. Nothing more to say about it but I dig it. 8/10
12. listen before i go - A lush, dreamy, yet depressingly gloomy song... I really want to like this song more but again, the vocals are kind of iffy. I like what she's intended, I like where she's going with it, but it doesn't quite reach the level I want it to hit. 7/10
13. i love you - Vocals. Vocal vocals vocals vocals vocals vocals vocals. Vocals - and I cannot stress this enough - vocals. Another good song that could be better if she worked some more on her enunciation. Also the song reminds me a lot of Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah", and I've never been the biggest fan of that song. 7/10
14. goodbye - Pretty decent ending to a pretty decent album. 7/10
Well @Number 6 I listened to it, and I get what you're saying about the comparisons to Poe. But for me the differences are what separates Eilish from being in the same league of Poe's. Poe is more frontal, more powerful, more commanding, and really sings when she takes hold of the microphone. Eilish meanwhile has ideas that are similar, but the execution is different. She's more gloomy (and at times silly) and really doesn't sound like she wants any part of the spotlight. Again, enunciation is her weakest link. But it's a good album, just not the greatest I've ever heard, and I'll definitely take both Hello and Haunted over this.