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Halcyon

Ellie Goulding Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 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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  • Audio CD (8 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B008PTAL4S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
11. Atlantis
12. Dead In The Water
13. Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding - I Need Your Love (Bonus Track)
14. Short film: Paper Planes and Playground Games (via digital insert)

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Second studio album by the British singer. The follow-up to the hugely successful 'Lights' (2010), the album debuted at #2 in the UK Albums Chart and includes the single 'Anything Could Happen'.

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

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too old, but who cares 9 Jun 2013
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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 1 Mar 2013
By Burkie
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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 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal 8 Oct 2012
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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 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Halcyon - Ellie Goulding 9 Nov 2012
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A very talented songwriter and singer, have been listening to this album all week in the car. Really love it and would recommend this album, its made my top playlist, one for the women I think or the thinking man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ellie Goulding 4 Mar 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Liked this a lot
Published 18 days ago by NMack
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic buy.
Published 18 days ago by stephen verard
5.0 out of 5 stars ellie
great voice bought this due to tv adverts and loved it very talented and lovely yet different types of music on cd
Published 2 months ago by lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars jake
luv this cd have played it to death lol, very talented songer and great vibe all the way though cant wait for next one
Published 2 months ago by ozzy
2.0 out of 5 stars A load of used crap
Album is great. Her album is great unfortuantely was not be able to listen to it as i ordered 'like new' the disc itself was in awful condition unable to play. Read more
Published 2 months ago by amber elbrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
What a voice great tracks great young British talent singer/song writer very talented this from someone the other side of 50
Published 2 months ago by Colin Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
A good album with some really great songs. Anything could happen being the highlight, it is like the best of Bjork being refreshed for the 2010s.
Published 3 months ago by tiredoldgit
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 4 months 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 4 months ago by Roy Chamberlain
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