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Halcyon [Deluxe Edition] [Deluxe Edition]

Ellie Goulding Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
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Never likely to be one of those singers who is content just to turn up, lay down a main vocal part and leave, Ellie’s approach to writing and recording is, she admits, borderline obsessive – but then, anything less, she says, would be a waste of time.

As her debut album, Lights, made so thrillingly clear, Ellie Goulding uses her voice as a texture in much the same way that a ... Read more in Amazon's Ellie Goulding Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B0096632NG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Don't Say A Word
2. My Blood
3. Anything Could Happen
4. Only You
5. Halcyon
6. Figure 8
7. JOY
8. Hanging On
9. Explosions
10. I Know You Care
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Need Your Love (With Calvin Harris)
2. Ritual
3. In My City
4. Without Your Love
5. Hanging On - (Feat. Tinie Tempah)
6. Lights

Product Description

Product Description

The follow up to the hugely successful debut album Lights, Ellie Goulding releases Halcyon--which features the Top 5 single "Anything Could Happen". It contains a collaboration with DJ Calvin Harris, as well as her cover of Active Child's "Hanging On" featuring Tinie Tempah.

BBC Review

Ellie Goulding's been a shape-shifter long before she started experimenting with radical coiffures to match the style of her dubstep beau, Skrillex. Since bagging the BRIT Awards’ Critics Choice in 2010, she's flummoxed the lot of us by refusing to stick in one spot. Witness the transition from the sparkly pop of her debut album, 2010's Lights, to that soppy, saccharine cover of Elton John's Your Song.

It's little wonder, then, that Halcyon finds her in metamorphosis again. Gone is the perky hybrid of electro-folk pop that illuminated Lights, as opener Don't Say a Word lays out a fine manifesto for change. It sees Ellie throwing herself at a would-be-lover's feet, riding a crest of choral chanting and gloomy soundscapes before the whole thing explodes in a burst of shooting stars.

While there are ample bangers – Anything Can Happen boasts spurting synths and a sky-kissing chorus – there's electro-ballad finery, too. Joy is a string-laden affair that showcases her helium-powered pipes, while I Know You Care sees her try to convince someone – us, her lover, herself – that they have something worth salvaging: "I know it wasn't always wrong / But I've never known a winter so cold."

What scuppers Halcyon, though, is the sense that Ellie's still not nailed down her own identity. There's just too much bombast, and the magpie-like-production and big, booming arrangements swaddle rather than swathe her vocals. Far from showing off her talents, the likes of Figure 8 and Atlantis become bottomless pits filled with heavy-handed knob-twiddling.

Most frustrating of all, perhaps, is the "bonus track" collaboration with Calvin Harris, I Need Your Love. It's a tantalising glimpse of what she could be capable of when her voice isn't submerged – and, ironically for a track she can only claim half-ownership of, it's got a swagger and bounce that feels resolutely more "her" than when she's playing gloomy dress-up.

As a second coming, Halcyon shows Goulding’s not wanting in ambition, or incapable of conjuring up the odd bit of magic. But next time, she needs to make sure she's a bit choosier about what exactly she pours into the cauldron.

--Ben Hewitt

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too old, but who cares 9 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am the wrong demographic for even considering this album (50+), but what a voice! So pleased I don't act my age.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 1 Mar 2013
By Burkie
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great album and a great voice. Bought it after hearing a track on the telly advert on ITV. Glad I did !!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Step In The Right Direction. 19 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
Lights/Bight Lights with it's sparkly production catchy hooks was a concise elegant and beautifully straight forward mix of folk and pop brought to life by Ellie's stunning vocals. For those expecting or wanting Lights part 2 you won't find it here. What we have is a progression into darker more electronic/dance beats sparse but beautiful lyrics and the melding of her voice as an instrument as well as a tool for singing.It's eerie self reflective and has a bombast and certainty not found on lights she is more self assured and confident and striding forth as an artist. This is an overall great album with a variety of sounds and themese for all and the extra's on the duluxe are worth a look too. Best songs Explosions, My Blood, Joy, Atlantis, Don't Say A Word, Only You, Anything Could Happen.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal 8 Oct 2012
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
Since hearing Ellie's single 'Starry Eyed', i've been hooked on her sound and writing style. I did have doubts about how she could possibly top such a fantastic first album as 'Bright Lights' (Which is still an exceptional album, two years on.). However, when i got to hear the buzz single 'Hanging On', i was very relieved. The sound Ellie has created on this album is a step in a new direction from her debut, and i think it's got the right amount of fresh sounds, alongside roots back to the debut album. 'Anything Could Happen' is a good single in it's own right, but when it's played alongside the album, it makes the song even better. If you're looking for specific tracks to try, to get a feel of the album, i'd recommend 'My Blood', 'Only You', 'Figure 8' & 'I Know You Care'. The whole album is beautifully written, and it's actually a breath of fresh air to listen to an album that is consistent the whole way through, and not one that has only got a catchy lead single. I really hope this album gets the success it deserves!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album to date 29 Jun 2013
By KevP
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Excellent. Every song has meaning and Ellie sings with such feeling unique to her. Well done Ellie, I can't wait for your next album!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Ellie haunting and up beat. 12 Jun 2013
By B
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A great follow up to her first album with up beat and haunting tracks and orcestral support on a number of tracks. A definate break from the current glut of pop skanks out there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant! 20 May 2013
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Give this CD a go if you like any of Ellie Goulding's music. I enjoy listening to every single song on this album & play it over & over again. Fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 26 Jun 2013
By Sarah
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am totally loving this album and think she is a very unique singer,well worth buying. Amazon's service was as always excellent
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!
I don't usually like Ellie Goulding but this album is wonderful! Every song is wonderful and its very rare for me to like all songs on an album, every one has favourites but every... Read more
Published 28 days ago by M. Hayland
5.0 out of 5 stars Halycon
This was my introduction to Ellie Golding. She gets better and better. Every track is good. Will never get bored with this CD.
Published 1 month ago by Roy Chamberlain
2.0 out of 5 stars dissapointed
got this after hearing her latest track - what a let down apart from the jumpy - dancing - bouncy hit single - not impressed with any of other tracks.
Published 1 month ago by J. E. Loft
3.0 out of 5 stars Ellie Goulding
Enjoy listening to Ellie on the radio. This is the first time I have purchased one of her CDs and can take it or leave it.
Published 1 month ago by shoppingwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great albumn!
I brought this for my sister and I found myself stealing oit off her! Fab albumn...everyone who listens to it loves it!
Published 2 months ago by twin2
5.0 out of 5 stars ELLIE GOULD
This was great and well pleased with the purchase. Fast service and well packed. Recommend to anyone who Ellie as one of the best.
Published 2 months ago by carolec
3.0 out of 5 stars bought for partner
a xmas present for partner, neither of us thought this was her best album. songs sound the same throughout cd
Published 2 months ago by GEMBREO
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with the vinyl version
Vinyl quality is not particularly good. Playback is noisy between tracks and the disc is slightly warped. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian Bathie
5.0 out of 5 stars Halcyon
Brilliant cd from Ellie Goulding songs are very haunting just love her vocals very talented young lady BRILLIANT!! Just love it
Published 3 months ago by Debbie E
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I listen to this in my car and can't help sing along out loud! Her voice is incredible! Worth a listen.
Published 3 months ago by wee-toots
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