Review of Ellie Goulding’s new Album Delirium
I remember a time when Ellie Goulding was a credible singer/songwriter/musician. Damn she even performed a gig for a business I used to work for which was all about her singing with a guitar and a real band.
Anybody that saw her performance on the X Factor on Sunday will agree, times have changed. And sadly, not for the better.
Her debut album, Lights, way back in 2010, was busting full of pop choruses. Songs that would get played over and over on the radio and you couldn’t help but sing along with. Her follow-up, Halcyon, was a little more balanced, mixing some well constructed ballads with pop-bangers or as it was coined EDM.
Sadly Delirium has pushed Ellie out of her shell and she hasn’t come out of it well. The production is full blown digital pop, loud music and plenty of computisation taking over what is technically a small vocal.
Ellie Goulding’s charm was her unique, almost unassuming vocal delivery. She did make pop with an EDM feel but delivered an almost Indie vocal. She is now lost in the noise going on around her. What is surprising is that the album has producers of a high standard including the likes of Guy Lawrence and Ryan Tedder. But it feels like the tracks are more about them and their production capabilities in the music than creating a balanced feel to the tracks. They certainly do little to showcase Ellie herself.
Above all, Ellie Goulding seems to not exist any more (in a musical sense). The likes of Don’t Panic has none of her individuality that made her build the niche following she enjoys. This has obviously been produced to help her stand out in a large arena or stadium gig. I just hope they get the levels right so you can actually hear her.
I hate to do this, but I can’t actually find any particular highlights on Delirium and I have to say, I am a little disappointed that I have had to write such a negative review. Ellie Goulding is a nice person, but she appears to have been poorly advised and directed here. Much was hoped for but little has been delivered.
Just hope album number four, gets her back to her roots.
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