I think the quote is, “It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” Unfortunately, Billie Eilish make the worst mistake on her new single “Your Power”, which is just so plain vanilla, so absolutely non-memorable, and just so boring!
I am a huge Billie Eilish fan. I have heard her debut album maybe a 100 times over and I love it. And the reason I love it, is that its fresh and interesting and it carries such a unique sound. In my opinion, “Bad Guy”, the lead single from the album changed the course of pop-music more than any other song in the past decade. “Bad Guy” and the rest of the album “When we fall asleep, where do we go?”, did two things pop-music really needed:
- It brought the focus on composition and alternative production styles. “Bad Guy” isn’t your average song, it actually is a combination of two songs that are duct-taped in the most beautiful and creative fashion. It doesn’t use your usual instruments, the drums are lowered, the bass line (and not chord progression) drives the song.
- The vocals are used as another instrument, and not as the primary feature of the song. In fact, the voice is digitally altered throughout the album, to fit the song’s vibe. In the song “Xanny”, the voice production in the chorus is a masterpiece.
And then there is “Your Power”, Billie’s new single. The composition is simply, uninteresting. I heard the song 5 times before writing this out, and even now I can’t remember what it sounds like. It is absolutely boring.
But that’s not even my biggest problem with the song. My biggest problem is the way the volume levels of the intro guitar just drop as soon as her vocals come up. The change feel very amateurish. It’s jerky. This isn’t something you’d expect from master producer Finneas. Which makes me wonder why it’s even there. The only reason I can think of is that they wanted to give Billie’s vocal more prominence. And here lies my biggest issue with the song.
The song is build around her voice. There is no thought given to composition, instrument selection, progression, production, but the focus has been pulled to her vocals. This is a slippery slope. The path leads to creating more boring music, with great vocal performances. Something that the first album stood against.
It’s not great.