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Friday, July 12, 2024

CD review: Ellie Goulding

Artist: Ellie Goulding

Album: Bright Lights

Label: Polydor

Rating: 5

For a debut album, there is only one word that perfectly describes Ellie Goulding’s Bright Lights: flawless. All the songs, 11 tracks and a bonus track if you buy from Amazon or iTunes, transport listeners into their own world. Most of the tracks have an ethereal quality, which is created by all the frothy instruments used such as harps, wind chimes and guitars.

Goulding’s feathery soprano is full of emotion and adds a magical lightness to all her tracks. From singing about that first meeting where sparks fly, “Starry Eyed,” to a leisurely cover of Elton John’s “Your Song,” her lyrics are detailed and explore numerous topics such as watching a relationship fall apart to trying to get somebody to face reality. They are easy to relate to in a Taylor Swift kind of way except that they aren’t anything like diary entries and are more Bob Dylan-ish in style.

Once the play button is pressed and the first few seconds of music start wafting through the speakers, be warned – the replay button will be abused quite viciously throughout the week, maybe even month.

Give these tracks a listen: “This Love (Will Be Your Downfall),” “Starry Eyed,” “Under the Sheets,” “The Writer”

For fans of: Adele, Kate Nash, La Roux

– Michelle Ruan


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