Ellie Goulding – Halcyon

9 Dec

Ellie Goulding’s album ‘Halcyon’ captured my soul right on the first listen. Never before have I experienced so many emotions, from despair and sadness to hope. Goulding’s voice is something special, imprinting everything she sings with unique character. Her tremulous vibrato and slightly hoarse timbre have the feel of something primal and folky, her birdlike high notes conveying a childlike wonder while darker tones imply ancient depths of sorrow. She sings like she is strung out on the melody, warbling from a place of desperate emotion.

To find inspiration for her second disc, the singer-songwriter traveled back to her native Herefordshire, England. There she recorded with producer Jim Elliot. With its melodicism, emotionality and ear-catching sound effects, this is certainly pop music but not of the formulaic electro-r & b style that has come to dominate the charts.

This album deserves the same success, if not more, than Adele’s 21 has achieved.

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