Gouldings follow up album Halcyon explores a matured, acquired taste in music and presents a critically evolved artist.
I’ve been excited about this album as soon as Ellie Goulding starting tweeting of bands like Saint Saviour, iamamiwhoami and the demo for her cover of Active Child’s Hanging On was released. It just showed that she’d managed to keep her unique pop style, but adapt and add a bit of quirk, a bit of experience onto it too.
Then Anything Could Happen was released on Youtube. I loved it. The video showed she was willing to go different. What with the pink undercut, the calm but dark undertones of the video.
The album opens and presents Ellie Goulding in a new, but not completely changed light. We’ve moved on from the slightly teenagery songs from her debut. Perhaps she cultivated a fan base strong enough to allow her to expand and grown as an artist, and I’m liking the direction.
Some songs grasp at me initally, others take a bit loner to identify. There’s quite a lot of tracks (on the Deluxe Edition) and attention is possibly needed to quickly see what kind of angle she’s giving the album, but it’s slick, poppy and worth a listen.