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Criticizing Music #3: Bad Guy (Billie Eilish)

Updated: Jun 3


Image from: Billie Eilish - bad guy (PatrickReza Remix) by PatrickReza Remix (soundcloud.com)


For this series, I pick out a random song that I don't really enjoy and critique it. This won't be a very detailed series, but this is a place for me to voice out my disappointment on the tracks I chose to review.


This song is not that great as people claim it to be.


If I'm not mistaken, this won "Record of the Year" last year, right? I was going to rant about the Grammy on my last post, but I withdrew from that. Realizing it has won "Record of the Year", I believe that the Grammy isn't as valuable as it was meant to be. Anyway, enough talking about the Grammy. Let's talk about the song.


My main problem with this song is, well, everything. Problem isn't the word I want to use though. Instead, I think it's more accurate to say this was a whole let down.


I've listened to Billie before this track, and I knew she was going to be the industry's biggest star. However, this push for her to have this depressed, dark-style image feels a bit forced. Bad Guy sounds like a dark song a bit, but at the same time, it's trying to sound like a fun pop song. The song didn't succeed in bringing the two styles together, though.


The instrumental is okay, though it's pretty dull and boring. The chorus doesn't help the track either. The synthesizer is pretty interesting. I like the creepy sound it gives off. However, it's not enough to capture my ears.


Then, towards the end of the song, we have the switch up to a trap sound. As much as I'm not a huge fan of the trap genre, I'd say this implementation is the only good thing about this track. It gives a more dynamic feeling to the track. However, with the rest of the production, this doesn't feel genuine. It feels like a cool thing Billie and Finneas wanted to try.


When I think about Bad Guy, I think about a track that is best used as a background song to an online game you play on Cartoon Network or something like that.


Bad Guy is still a fine song... it's just not the sound that should be dominating the charts. If future artists are influenced by this track, then I worry where the music industry is heading towards.

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