‘Hit Me Hard and Soft’: Billie Eilish’s third studio album celebrates sincerity – The Watchdog

‘Hit Me Hard and Soft’: Billie Eilish’s third studio album celebrates sincerity – The Watchdog

The cover of “Hit Me Hard and Soft” @billieeilish // Instagram

Billie Eilish’s third studio album is breathtakingly transparent in its heartbreak, sensuality and ambition. The tortured poetry of “Hit Me Hard and Soft” is often complemented by its experimental sound, as the album explores familiar themes of love, insecurity and coming of age in the cage of stardom. Eilish probes and studies her emotions throughout the life of this work while simultaneously learning to navigate the particular world at her feet.

“Skinny” introduces the album with delicate reflections on body image, depression and public scrutiny. Eilish thinks out loud: “Am I acting my age now? Am I already on my way out? The opening track is followed by “Lunch,” which is playful in its sexuality and bright compared to the majority of its counterparts.

Eilish longs for eternal love in “Birds of a Feather,” creating a clear contrast between the song’s bubbly melody and its morbid lyricism. Recounting her undying devotion to a nonchalant lover in “The Greatest,” the song reaches its crescendo with an impressive vocal performance from Eilish. “The Diner” features its artist’s role-playing as a celebrity stalker over a creepy instrumental.

“Bittersuite” is separated into several parts, representing the palpable conflict and anxiety that Eilish seems to struggle with as she forms new relationships and develops trust. “Blue,” the album’s final track, seamlessly references the nine songs that precede it before Eilish’s vocals drift away from the audience and blend into the instrumental.

Many layers found in the vocal production of “Hit Me Hard and Soft” are subtle and discreet. Its muted details are omnipresent, hidden throughout the album’s journey and buried within its sonic world. Although the production on this album is initially unpredictable, the sonic changes of course begin to sound expected and repetitive during later tracks.

Although this album’s sonic exploration is bold and experimental, it can sometimes distract the listener from their own craft. Nevertheless, “Hit me hard and soft” demonstrates the development of Eilish’s imagination and artistic talent. His lyricism and voice proved to be strong points of this work. Eilish concludes her third studio album with a question many fans may be asking themselves right now: “But when can I hear the next one?”


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