“Hopelessly holding on/To all those perfect nights/Let’s pretend it's not gone.” Ellie Goulding cried on her new track “Holding On For Life,” from her new album Delirium. The album is described by the British-superstar as “a really happy, crazy state, or it can be the complete opposite. I’m constantly in a state of delirium.”
The infection that is the unique vocal stylings of Elena Goulding is something that we have all caught on to. Four years ago she showed that she was the indie “it” girl on pop radio with her first studio success “Lights,” followed by a lineup of other successful and infectious radio hits. We all marveled at her vocal ability and individuality and still do.
Goulding is now back on the music scene with her highly anticipated third album Delirium and fiery Max Martin-produced comeback single “On My Mind.” We see her as she has evolved from the young wanderer on her debut album Lights and continuing her joy of exploration on her sophomore record Halcyon. We now see her as a sophisticated young woman, coming of age and learning what life has thrown at her in Delirium.
The album starts with an operatic, melancholy intro that feeds directly into the single worthy jam “Aftertaste”. She screams for clarity on “Codes” and displays independence on “Don’t Need Nobody” and “We Can’t Move To This.” Other album gems include the speedy sitar strummed “Lost and Found,” the dreamy thumps of “Scream It Out” and the sparkly, 80s-like sound of “Around U.” The amount of addicting tracks on the record adds up.
Goulding wanted to establish herself more into the pop industry with Delirium, detailing in a press conference in mid-September that it was a pop big pop album, but it seems she is still a little scared to release anything related to her most recent hit “Love Me Like You Do” from Fifty Shades of Grey. The record is a mix between her staple folk and EDM sound that was her first two albums, but with a dash of pop that we can find on the radio today. The indie taste is definitely there for “Let It Die” and “Two Years Ago” found on the Target edition of the album, but those who were looking forward to something similar to the Fifty Shades track can find it in “Army” and deluxe track “The Greatest.” The album is very similar to her previous work more than trying to initiate herself with a newer sound.
The starlet’s newest addition to the pop spectrum is a staple that has depth and quality to be one, but is not as different as she was expecting us to think. However, it is still the same vocals of a unique artist that proves she is not going anywhere.