Ellie Goulding: Halcyon

After watching the Vice Presidential debates, I need some good music to mellow me out before I settle down for sleep. I’ve enjoyed the tracks by Ellie Goulding that I’ve heard from the radio, but I’ve never taken the chance to sit down and listen to her music extensively. Sometimes I’m not sure what to make of this genre of music. It’s such a strange mix of things – pop, techno, dance – and it’s so popular right now. I also don’t know how to take the performances. Ellie performed last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and while I enjoyed the song, I was so confused. Tangent aside, we’re going to have a listen to her new album Halcyon.

Don’t Say A Word starts the album off slowly, swelling until Ellie’s perfectly shaken and stirred vocals start in with perfect symmetry. This song is the right song to start off an album by easing your audience into the pool. The song really takes flight by the end and I’m drawn in and excited for the rest of the album.

I love My Blood. What a beautiful track! The sing-song, back-and-forth notion of the piano and the vocals is just enough to move the song along and make you feel like you’re floating. This is one I’ll be coming back to.

Only You really brings Ellie’s voice to the foreground. I realized while listening intently to this one that her voice reminds me of a strange mix of Baby Spice and Macy Gray. Can you all hear that?

Lyrically, Figure 8 is a great track. Not to mention, there is a great drop of the bass – or beat? – in this song that left me on pins and needles. I chased your love around a figure eight, I need you more than I can take. You promise forever and a day, and then you take it all away. The music behind these lyrics swirls you around and almost leaves you feeling like you just got off a fair ride that takes you around and around in continuous circles. It’s brilliant.

Dead in the Water wraps up this album, leaving you alone as quietly as you were brought into this world of Halcyon. The track has the strange echoing effect as though you’re listening to this actually underwater. It’s a neat effect, especially with the dainty vocals that are present in this one. Ellie’s voice is wonderfully gruff in this song, really coming through strong.

I really enjoyed this album – a lot more than I expected. I enjoy the single Lights, but I never figured Ellie Goulding would pump out an album like this. Maybe I underestimated her and didn’t see her for what she really is before going into this. But the reality is this: she’s making music that doesn’t sound like every other pop track out there today. Between her seductive voice and the psychedelic beats that some of these songs offer, this album is a really fun listen. This is definitely going into my CD player in my car.

 

Key Tracks
Figure 8 (track 6)
My Blood (track 2)
Only You (track 4)

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11 thoughts on “Ellie Goulding: Halcyon

  1. great post mate! i also have a music blog and i found yours very good! Keep it going!

  2. shayadams says:

    Reblogged this on A Pug And I.

  3. Rae Quigley says:

    I really love the way you blog about music! I agree, I never really know what to take of this genre either, and I’m not entirely sure that I love it (in general, or on the radio). I’ve enjoyed the music by Ellie that I’ve heard, so I’ll have to take a listen to the whole album now :)

    I’m following your blog now, for sure! I have an all things entertainment blog at http://www.DrunkOnPop.com. Maybe you could do a guest blog for me someday about a favorite album of yours or something? I’m a music major but that actually makes it harder for me to talk about music because I always get so distracted or get all over the place haha.

    • Thanks so much, doll!

      I’ve just now started exploring this genre and I’m really liking what I’m encountering. Ellie’s album is superb and I’ve been listening to it since I posted that review. Let me know what you think of the whole thing!

      I would love to guest blog for you some time! Shoot me an email at candaceasykes@yahoo.com when you have a timeline in mind.
      I only have a very small handful of actual musical skills – and most of that comes from band in school – so beyond the normal terms and ideas, I can’t keep up and just write about how it makes me feel.

  4. Maureen says:

    LOVE this album! Great post!

  5. dubtran says:

    Hey, I’m a huge fan of Ellie and that’s what drew me to your post. But, I have to admit, despite some heavy hitters — the tracks you had mentioned, she slacks on a few. ie) Explosions.

    I was hoping for an all out smashing album. You should check out her freshman album, Run into the Light. Every song just kills.

    Btw, also really enjoy your posts on music. Great insight :).

    • I really enjoy Explosions! I don’t know what it is, but I still listen to that song on repeat. Everyone has differing opinions!

      I’ve listened to it after this post. I love her stuff so much. I would love to see her live.

      Thank you for the comment and for reading!

  6. Great post. I normally stay clear of the more pop side of things, but who can resist a bit of Ellie?! Great voice and seems like a nice girl. As for your blog it’s very well written and enjoyable to read, good work! I would love it if you could check out my blog too, thanks in advance!

    http://etwasetous.wordpress.com/

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