Quirky-as-usual vocals lazily spliced into factory-standard chart dance

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Ellie Goulding - 'Halcyon'

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Ellie Goulding – ‘Halcyon’

Since Ellie Goulding released her debut album ‘Lights’ in 2010, she’s been in demand. Firstly from John Lewis, for a TV ad that used her cover of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’. Then from Will and Kate, whose first dance at their wedding was to Ellie performing the same song. This was all before she started dating US dubstep superstar Skrillex – but if you expected Ellie’s love interest to have sparked some genre-bending, you’ll be disappointed. Mainly, ‘Halcyon’ sees Goulding’s quirky-as-usual vocals lazily spliced into factory-standard chart dance. On ‘Joy’ and ‘I Know You Care’ her artistry is briefly allowed to breathe, away from the desperate bombast of the suffocating backing tracks.

Hayley Avron