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Halcyon (Deluxe Version)

Ellie Goulding

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Pardon the pun, but Ellie Goulding’s sophomore album is light-years ahead of 2011’s Lights—which now plays with an airy innocence compared with 2012’s Halcyon. “Don’t Say a Word” sets a darker tone with brooding beats and shadowy ambiance, as Goulding's lyrics reach out to grasp the last functioning piece of a dying relationship. But Goulding cleverly contrasts vulnerable emotions with a voice that sounds more assertive and strong than anything sung in Lights. There’s a shaking quaver to her timbre in the following “My Blood,” which shifts between a Kate Bush-esque fragility in the verses and an empowering chorus wrought with the soulful strength of a modern R&B anthem. “Anything Could Happen” is the real game-changer here. It’s complexly crafted, with pulsing beats in the refrain that were forged from sharply edited bursts of her own vocal samples. Within these self-contained rhythms is a melody that interweaves with the catchy hooks draped over the chorus like a net. Of the deluxe version’s five bonus tracks, both “Ritual” and “Without Your Love” play with bombastic presence.

Customer Reviews

Loved Ellie from the start and forever always <3

Ahhh sooo immensely proud of Ellie!!! She is such a sweetheart ;') Each and every one of these songs is pure gold, absolutely breathtaking! They're each so unique and have such different sounds when compared to the songs from "Lights" and "Bright Lights." What an amazing direction she has taken, tribal and anthemic, with the same indescribable beauty...beautifully written and beautifully sung as always! Loved you from the start and forever always Ellie <3


I love ellie goulding! Everything she sings sounds like an angel

So excited

This album sounds so good! Every song is different, and her voice is just so different and beautiful. Can't wait till October 9!


Born: December 30, 1986 in Hereford, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Ellie Goulding is a British vocalist whose music finds the balance between electro-pop and indie folk. Born in Hereford, England, she later moved to the country's east coast to study drama at the University of Kent. Goulding had developed a love for folk music as a teenager, and her time at University also exposed her to electronica. After two years, she took a break from her studies and moved to West London, where she pursued a career as an alternative singer/songwriter and befriended producers...
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Halcyon (Deluxe Version), Ellie Goulding
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Oct 09, 2012

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