NME picks Billie Eilish’s debut album as Album Of The Year 2019

NME picks Billie Eilish’s debut album as Album Of The Year 2019

Billie Eilish’s debut ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ has been named NME’s Album Of The Year 2019.

2019 was Billie Eilish’s year – she started out as a cult figure and has become the most exciting, accomplished artist on the planet, writes Thomas Smith.

“There was no expectation of any sort of success that would come,” Billie tells NME during a phone call.

Throughout the year, fellow Gen Z artists such as Clairo, Omar Apollo, King Princess and Beabadoobee have proved a new dawn is rising, one where our jumbled-up music tastes result in honest, innovative, experimental music with a DIY ethos.

With an album recorded in her own bedroom, and a genre we’re yet to coin – WhisperWave? BillieCore? – Eilish was at the front of that movement, but no one has yet managed to copy her unique sound, in which she shuns the big pop vocals of her forebears in favour of hushed whispers, creating a listening experience of weird intimacy.

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