Goulding, Ellie - Halcyon Days (Deluxe Edition) (CD)
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- Rock & Pop
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- Halcyon Days
- Mono / Stereo
- Audio CD
Rolling Stone (p.72) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he hooks always go to town, and her voice -- Dolly Parton-dazzling in the upper register -- mates gorgeously with electronics..."
Billboard (p.36) - "[V]ocally, Goulding has never sounded better, leaping into falsetto just after dropping into a throaty alto, and wringing each feeling out of every lyric."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]inkling pianos meet tribal drums, harps and choirs; even Goulding's voice has matured to feature the hint of a whisky-soaked croak."
Paste (magazine) - "LIGHTS was pure pop bliss, HALCYON is a darker, more intimate journey....The songs are slower, the tempo is lower, and the hurt runs deep."
- Pop / Rock
- 106m 11s
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Don't Say a Word
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] My Blood
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Anything Could Happen
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Only You
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Halcyon
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Figure 8
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Joy
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Hanging On
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Explosions
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] I Know You Care
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Atlantis
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Dead in the Water
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] I Need Your Love - (featuring Ellie Goulding)
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Ritual
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] In My City
- [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Without Your Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Hanging On
- [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Lights
- [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] Burn
- [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Goodness Gracious
- [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] You My Everything
- [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Hearts Without Chains
- [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Stay Awake
- [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Under Control
- [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Flashlight
- [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] How Long Will I Love You
- [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] Tessellate
- [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] Midas Touch
Recording information: Air Studios, UK; Biffco Studios, Brighton; British Grove Studios, London, UK; Echo Studios, Los Angeles, CA; EMI Studios, London; Fly Eye Studio, London; MyAudiotonic Studios, The Matrix, London; Red Rhino Studios, Canada; Sarm Studios; Starsmith HQ; Starsmith HQ, UK; Strongroom Studios; Studio At The Palms, Las Vegas, NV; Studio Splendido, Wales; The Ballroom, London, UK; Troublemakers Studio, Montr‚al, QC, Canada.
Photographer: Simon Procter.
With her 2010 debut, Lights, and the expanded Bright Lights, British vocalist Ellie Goulding bridged the gap between the soulful adult contemporary beltings of Adele and the more primal indie rock gospel of Florence + the Machine. Gifted with a disarmingly throaty -- yet still resonant -- voice and attractive, girl-next-door charisma that combines Kate Bush's cherubic art pop croon mixed with the asymmetrical half-smile charm of Drew Barrymore, Goulding stood out among the sea of post-Imogen Heap synth folk songstresses such as Little Boots, La Roux, and Lykke Li. On her sophomore effort, 2012's Halcyon, Goulding moves in an even more arty, electronic direction. Where Lights featured a handful of well-crafted singer/songwriter-styled singles such as "Guns and Horses" and the disco-bliss number "Starry Eyed," Halcyon keeps the singer/songwriter lyricism, but expands upon the electronic and symphonic palette. Aside from a few songs like the gutting, bittersweet piano ballad "I Know You Care" -- which itself brings to mind her smash 2010 cover of Elton John's "Your Song" -- Halcyon is largely built around epic long-form anthems and shimmery moments of gargantuan synthesizer drama. Tracks like the baroque "My Blood" and lustful club-groover "Figure 8" have a crisp, pulsating electronic buoyancy that, as with all of the songs on Halcyon, vibrate with a palpable dramatic tension. Also in keeping with the arty-electronic atmosphere of the album, Goulding dresses up her powerful lark of a voice with a delicately laced veil of digital effects. She sets these sparkling, multi-tracked vocal sections against roiling arpeggiated grand piano lines, the digital pluck of harps, echoey orchestral samples, and the ever present hum of deep bass synth. Goulding has a strong enough voice that when she toured with the decidedly more rootsy blues and country-influenced American songwriter Lissie in 2010, they brought the house down with several pitch-perfect, soulful duets, so the move toward a more atmospheric, sonically layered approach feels decidedly more like a conscious aesthetic choice. In that sense, she seems to be striking a balance between her more arty inclinations and a kind of adult contemporary, Annie Lennox-style professionalism. Perhaps Goulding illuminates her strong suits best on her enigmatic single "Anything Could Happen," in which she belts out a kind of post-traumatic affirmation for letting go and moving on to brighter things. She sings "Letting darkness grow/As if we need its palette and we need its colour/But now I've seen it through/And now I know the truth/That anything could happen." An ambitious work by an artist intent on developing her total sound, Halcyon finds Goulding poised at the edge of artistic and career possibilities. ~ Matt Collar
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- PCM Audio
- Video Disabled
- Ellie Goulding
- Date Released
- 2013-08-01 00:00:00
Daryl, South Africa. 19 July 2014
Ellie Goulding is known for her genre-spanning music, combining soulful story-telling with synthpop dance beats, and "Halcyon Days" is a mature step forward for her as an artist. Many of the songs deal with the breakup of Goulding's relationship with BBC Radio DJ Greg James. Themes of regret, hurt, insecurity and disappointment are balanced out by hope, new beginnings, self-discovery and empowerment. The anthemic lead single, "Anything Could Happen", sets the soaring, cinematic tone for the album, while her chirpy soprano voice is wonderfully showcased by the electronica loops, shimmering strings and tender piano chords on tracks like "My Blood" and the heartfelt ballad "Explosions". Other standout tracks include "JOY", "You My Everything" and the singles "Figure 8", "I Need Your Love" (a collaboration with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris) and "Burn" (Goulding's first #1 single).
This deluxe version of "Halcyon Days" contains five additional songs - the title track of her debut album, "Lights" (one of my favourite Goulding songs) and two new album tracks (the sexy "Ritual" and the optimistic "Without Your Love"). The final two bonus tracks are cover versions of the 80s Midnight Star song "Midas Touch" (here featuring English DJ BURNS) and the Alt-J song "Tesselate" featuring a jazzy saxophone solo, which makes this song an unexpected and enjoyable change of pace on the album.