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Pop - Released January 1, 2010 | Polydor

Having lived up to the hype bestowed upon her via the BBC Sound of 2010 and Brits Critics Choice awards she garnered at the beginning of the year, electronic-folk vocalist Ellie Goulding then fell into the increasingly popular trend of reissuing relatively new albums -- in this case, her chart-topping debut Lights. Reissued several months after the original album's release, Bright Lights adds a pretty generous amount of material, with seven previously unreleased songs joining Lights' initial ten. Of course, the whole project was spearheaded by her faithful, if unimaginative, cover version of Elton John's "Your Song," her biggest hit thanks to its use on a John Lewis TV advert, which sounds out of place alongside the rest of her more adventurous material on this album. Of the other new tracks, "Human" and "Animal" are smothered in the same lush acoustic/synth production and programmed beats that Starsmith incorporated throughout the original album, "Little Dreams" and "Lights" echo the sparkling electro-pop of Little Boots and La Roux, "Home" is a folk-oriented offering which showcases her gorgeously fragile vocals, and "Believe Me" is a glossy, dancefloor-friendly number co-written with former Longpigs frontman Crispin Hunt. There's nothing here as immediate as "Starry Eyed," as interesting as "Under the Sheets," or as delightfully melancholic as "Guns and Horses," but the majority of the new tracks are more memorable and more infectious than the rather repetitive, non-descript second half of Lights. So while it may not offer anything particularly new, Bright Lights is a consistently enjoyable addition to her catalog, suggesting that Goulding is becoming a more accomplished songwriter, which if nothing else, bodes well for album number two. ~ Jon O'Brien

Pop - Released January 1, 2013 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

Pop - Released January 1, 2013 | Polydor

Pop - Released December 16, 2012 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

Pop - Released January 1, 2012 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records


Pop - Released January 1, 2010 | Universal Music Division Mercury Records

It shouldn't surprise any Ellie Goulding fan to know that the British songstress wrote music for the likes of Gabriella Cilmi and Diana Vickers before issuing this full-length debut. That's because Goulding's sound doesn't stretch far from other teen Brit-pop artists of 2010, who are more likely to pull back and dig deep on a record than indulge in the froth of Girls Aloud or Sugababes. Goulding finds a balance between both camps on Lights. Ultimately, Goulding's debut album is something of relevance; it lacks the dramatic crash and bang of Florence + the Machine's Lungs, but is certainly a more restrained, compelling listen than the debut records by Pixie Lott and Little Boots, two artists whose electronic dance-pop is echoed here. Goulding's quite the songwriter, and tracks like "This Love" and "Under the Sheets" suggest a willingness to indulge her creative side, taking left-hand turns and unexpected detours rather than focusing on sure-fire hits, like Paloma Faith's album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? Sometimes, an acoustic guitar guides the song along. Other times, synthesizers and drum loops take over. Goulding is able to take the best parts of all of her contemporaries' styles and make them her own, coating everything in the breathy flutter of her voice. Fans will probably be drawn more to Bright Lights, a reissued version of this album with seven new tracks, but Lights is strong enough to stand on its own without the bonus material. ~ Matthew Chisling

Pop - Released November 11, 2016 | Polydor

Pop - Released October 7, 2016 | Polydor

Pop - Released September 2, 2016 | Polydor

Pop - Released August 19, 2016 | Polydor

Pop - Released January 29, 2016 | Polydor


Pop - Released November 13, 2015 | Polydor

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Pop - Released November 6, 2015 | Polydor


Pop - Released November 6, 2015 | Polydor

British chanteuse Ellie Goulding returns with her highly anticipated third studio album, 2015's expertly produced Delirium. Goulding's previous effort, 2012's Halcyon, was a hypnotically ambient, lightly experimental album that balanced catchy pop hooks with textural electronic soundscapes. While Delirium isn't devoid of this electronic atmosphere, it's somewhat more mainstream in its tone, and finds Goulding expanding her sonic palette with a melodically catchy set of more R&B-infused songs. Helping Goulding to achieve this are a handful of uber-pop producer/songwriters, including Sweden's Max Martin (Britney Spears, Taylor Swift) and Carl Falk (One Direction, Nicki Minaj), Savan Kotecha (Ariana Grande, One Direction), Greg Kurstin (Sia, P!nk), and others. Halcyon also benefited from a similarly collaborative approach, but Delirium feels less distinctly personal, bigger in scope, and brimming with a pressurized commercial energy. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Whereas Halcyon may have required several listens to grow on you, Delirium grabs you with immediately hooky, danceable tracks like "Something in the Way You Move," "Keep on Dancin'," and "Don't Need Nobody." Some of the more R&B-leaning cuts like the Police-meets-Rihanna single "On My Mind" seem at first like an odd fit for Goulding's highly resonant, throaty chirp of a voice. That said, Goulding's voice has always fit well in the contemporary pop landscape and even when you get the sense that she's trying on someone else's sound, as in the CeeLo-esque "Around U" and the swoon-worthy "Codes" with its '90s Brandy-meets-M83 vibe, the sheer craftsmanship of the material alone keeps you listening. There are also enough passionately heartfelt EDM anthems, like the effusive "Army" and bubbly, Ibiza-ready "Devotion," to please longtime Goulding fans. Ultimately, it's the unexpectedly appealing combination of Goulding's distinctive voice and the melismatic R&B bent of the songs on Delirium that makes for such an ecstatic listen. ~ Matt Collar

Pop - Released October 30, 2015 | Polydor