By Ellie Redd
Ok, the thing about this album.
I don’t find it as good as her previous one, but it’s still chillingly beautiful in its own way. Obviously it’s not for everyone, but many people who haven’t been able to express themselves previously are finding their exact feelings in her lyrics, which is really amazing. Good for Billie to connect and empower all those people. Secondly, I don’t understand the lyrics very well, but I appreciate the songs for their creativity and unapologetic alternative-ness. As I understand it, she sings about her depression, and I don’t have depression. Billie has an absolutely beautiful voice, and it’s unique that she uses her head voice, as most singers use their chest or mixed voices.
Listening to the songs, and their lyrics, and how she sings, I understand that she’s in a dark place, but her music, this album especially, is like a celebration of that dark place. She’s come to terms with it, and maybe even likes it sometimes. I really admire the courage and resilience it would take to do that kind of thing, but at the same time, it’s sad to think that her music might be sending the message that there’s no way out of a dark place like that, and you just have to live with it forever. There are ways to overcome depression. Therapy works for some people. Getting a new, time-consuming, and productive hobby can help. Expressing yourself via writing or drawing can too. I would say that some people are able to use these things to escape that dark place, and even go so far as to say that most people, with varying methods, can get out of their dark place. But listening to Billie’s music, that’s not what you think of. It gives the message that you’re stuck there forever, and you should just learn to live with it, and I’m not sure what that does to impressionable people struggling with depression. Then again, Billie uses her music to express herself and that’s the situation she’s in right now, so it’s not like she can be blamed or anything.
Unique songs, talented artist, interesting message.