A new album from Lil Peep, real name Gustav Elijah Åhr, released posthumously on November 15 marks two years since the artist’s death.
Lil Peep, who died due to an accidental fentanyl overdose, has been hugely celebrated by listeners and fellow artists for his music since his death. In 2018 he released the album ‘Come Over When You’re Sober Pt.2’ which included the single Falling Down, charting at thirteenth on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the artists highest charted song.
Now a second posthumous album – ‘Everybody’s Everything’ – brings back a number of officially re-released Lil Peep songs, though a number of them were available on SoundCloud, alongside some unreleased songs Peep recorded before his death.
Whilst the album has received great reviews, many fans think it does not hold up to the likes of ‘Come Over When You’re Sober Pt.2’.
This could be owing to the lack of preparation the album had, as it was more of a tribute in place to cement Lil Peep’s legacy further than had already been established. Lil Peep has always brought a certain form of poetry when it comes to his albums, and ‘Come Over When You’re Sober Pt.2’ displayed this perfectly.
The 2018 album truly articulated a sense of loneliness, despair and alienation. Not only in the choice of language but also in the production of the tracks as well. The sombre tone, which was the theme for the album, truly hit harder with audiences when coupled with the tragedy of the star’s death.
‘Everybody’s Everything’ does not fulfil this same feat. This is due to the amalgamation of these re-released tracks, including some three years old singles, which fits the description of the album: “a lovingly curated collection of songs from Lil Peep’s career”. As a result, when put together with the newer tracks, the album forms less of a narrative and more of a mix-tape.
‘Come Over When You’re Sober Pt.2’ featured very few artists and was an anthology of Peep’s, ironically beautiful, depressed and drug-induced thoughts. Compare this with ‘Everybody’s Everything’, of which 10 of the 19 songs feature another artist, and the tone shifts to more of a collaborative effort to commemorate his genius and individuality.
The album doesn’t pack as much punch as the previous, however, the artist’s talent still shines through, albeit in singular tracks rather than as an ensemble album.
Being able to listen to songs, both past and present, of such eerie foreshadowing, brilliant lyrics and unique musical talent from an artist who died long before his time, comes with absolutely no downside. Even if you’re not a Lil Peep fan, I would wholeheartedly suggest giving this album a listen, if not just to see what a tremendous artist he was, and what a shame and tragedy his death has left.