Billie Eilish - HIT ME HARD AND SOFT [ALBUM] [OUT NOW]

Started by hargydon, May 16, 2024, in Music Add to Reading List

  1. hargydon
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    Apple Music description:

    Billie Ellish has always delighted in subverting expectations, but HIT ME HARD AND SOFT still, somehow, lands like a meteor. An especially wide-ranging and transportive project, even for her, it's brimming with the guts and theatricality of an artist who has the world at her feet-and knows it. In a tight 45 minutes, Ellish does as she promises and hits listeners with a mix of scorching send-ups, trance excursions and a stomping tribute to queer pleasure, alongside more soft-edged cuts like teary breakup ballads and jaunts into lounge-y jazz. But the project never feels zigzaggy thanks to, well, the Billie Eilish of it all: her glassy vocals, her knowing lyrics, her unique ability to make softness sound so huge.

    HIT ME is Eilish's third album and, like the two previous ones, was recorded with her brother and long-time creative partner FINNEAS. In conceptualising it, the award-winning songwriting duo were intent on creating the sort of album that makes listeners feel like they've been dropped into an alternate universe. As it happens, this universe has several of the same hallmarks as the one she famously drew up on her history-making debut, 2019's WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?. In many ways, this project feels more like that album's sequel than 2021's jazzy Happier Than Ever, which Eilish has said was recorded during a confusing, depressive pandemic haze. In the three years since, she has tried to return to herself-to go outside, hang out with friends, and talk more openly about sex and identity, all things that make her feel authentic and, for lack of a better word, normal.

    It seems to be working. On songs like "THE DINER" and "CHIHIRO", Eilish seeps back into her creative happy place, dusting off those haunting, gothic, dark sensibilities that became her trademark and making them feel bigger and new. Elsewhere, she uses those core soundscapes as a launching pad to veer off into surprising new directions:

    "L'AMOUR DE MA VIE" morphs from a staccato jazz ballad into a joyride of trance and Auto-Tune, and "BITTERSUITE" begins as a low-key bossa nova song before cascading into a wall of giant cinematic synths. As a songwriter, Eilish is still in touch with her vulnerabilities, but at 22, with a garage full of Grammys and Oscars, they aren't as heavy. These days it's heartache, not her own insecurities, that keeps her up at night, and the songs are juicier for it. "LUNCH", a racy, bass-heavy b-----r that can't help but hog the spotlight, finds Eilish crushing so hard on a woman that she compares the hook-up to a meal. "I've said it all before, but I'll say it again/l'm interested in more than just being your friend," she sings. The lyrics are so much more than lewd flirtations. They're also a way of stepping back into the spotlight-older, wiser, more fully herself.
     
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  2. hargydon
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    May 16, 2024
    Rumour circulating that it might be a double album:

     
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  3. stepdad enjoyer
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    May 16, 2024
    The instrumental switch up on L’amour de ma vie is insane.
     
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  4. Crookedeye
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    Crookedeye Calm and electrocute

    May 16, 2024
    What a f---ing album! Wow

    I don't even need another album but she pretty much confirmed it at the end
     
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  5. Ripper Roo
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    Ripper Roo That’s that me espresso

    May 16, 2024
    Ummmm ackshully:emoji_nerd::emoji_point_up: @jankland already made this thread https://forum.sectioneighty.com/billie-eilish-hit-me-hard-and-soft-out-may-17th.t358971
     
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    f---ing S80 search function man. Well, at least this is payback for him stealing my JID thread smh
     
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    Ripper Roo That’s that me espresso

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    Yeah I’ve even tried looking up my own threads and couldn’t find them at times so I don’t blame you. I just so happened to remember that jankland already made a thread for this. Maybe the mods can combine the threads or something
     
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    Is it good ? I haven’t listened yet. I know it leaked I’m just waiting for it to be on Spotify
     
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    I was gonna feature this one but now I feel bad lol — I’ll wait for a mod to combine.
     
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    Album slaps tbh. Best one yet.
     
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    Caved and listened to the leak, Finneas is a f---ing alien.
     
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    May 16, 2024
    You can find all your threads by going to your profile page:

    Ripper Roo -> Click on the arrow next to Profile Post on the right -> Find all threads by Ripper Roo
     
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    I'll let you have this one
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    May 17, 2024
    Out now on streaming. Making all the lights in the room blue for this one.
     
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    Ripper Roo That’s that me espresso

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    What a beautiful opening track.
     
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  16. Ripper Roo
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    Ripper Roo That’s that me espresso

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    That transition tho! LUNCH gotta be a hit. I swear I’ve said I could eat that girl for lunch before. She taking the words outta my mouth
     
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    Ripper Roo That’s that me espresso

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    Time for the blue strobe lights. Could CHIHIRO be a hit too?
     
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    BIRDS OF A FEATHER giving me Clairo vibes. They were hanging out recently too. Love it
     
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    May 17, 2024
    It was sonically great but a lot of the lyrics were just pre teen vibes
     
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    I like the writing on Happier Than Ever more on first listen but this is her best sounding album, I'll take that trade off.
     
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