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Halcyon is the accomplished sophomore album from English singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding, and it finds her pushing in darker and more dramatic musical directions than on her incandescent debut full-length, Lights. The strutting beat of its buoyant lead single, “Anything Could Happen,” features Goulding’s inimitable gossamer vocals, but it's one of just a few upbeat tracks (the clubby “Burn” and Calvin Harris’ “I Need Your Love” are also dancefloor-ready). Halcyon seems resolute on spotlighting Goulding’s dynamic voice on midtempo tracks and ballads that alternate between piano-and-strings intimacy and thundering displays of percussive bombast, à la Florence + The Machine. Merging chamber pop with epic soundscapes and the occasional electronic flourish, Halcyon further establishes Goulding as an artist to watch.

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Halcyon Surprise

For the majority of us, Ellie Goulding became prominently relevant with the release of her single "Lights". With that in mind, I bought her album with the idea that all the songs would basically be the same song repeated. I was pleasantly surprised to be completely wrong :)

I was happy to find that her songs had the ability to reach a genuine level of depth & emotion while still managing to keep it's appealing Pop feel. The album primarily deals with the highs and lows of love & the pain of losing someone you thought needed the most. At times sad, Goulding knows how to bring it back to pace with songs like "Burn" & "I Need Your Love", keeping the listening full of variety.

The only things that slightly bugged me were the slightly repetitious lyrics of songs like "Atlantis" & "Anything Could Happen", & even then they were still enjoyable.

In the end, while it wasn't the perfect album, "Halcyon" has definitely given me a new interest in Goulding's work & an excitement for what's to come. If you liked "Lights", then you'll definitely like the rest of the album.


I LOVE IT. I LOVE IT I LOVE IT <3 She's amazing!

Best Album Ever

This is the best album I've ever heard!!! I wasn't sure if i wanted to buy it at first but you have to listen to these songs more than once to really get a feel for the album. Her songs blow my mind!!!


Born: December 30, 1986 in Hereford, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Having caught the public's attention in 2010 with her singles "Starry Eyed" and "Guns and Horses," British vocalist Ellie Goulding quickly rose to the top of the charts with her infectious electronic pop sound. Although she started out writing songs in a folk-inflected style, she eventually grew into a more electronic-influenced artist, touching upon dance music and ambient synth pop. With her unique soprano warble and knack for writing catchy yet emotionally earnest songs, Goulding, much like her...
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