This Ellie Goulding article was written by Niall Webster, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Jess Emery
Ellie Goulding is a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose career has already spanned 6 years. ‘Delirium’ is her third studio album and is available as both standard and deluxe editions.
The album starts with an instrumental piece called ‘Intro (Delirium)’, and on first listen you could be forgiven for checking that you are listening to the correct album. This is testament to the diversity of her musical ability. It starts quietly and relatively slowly, and builds to a more familiar sound by the end of this short track.
This track is quickly followed by ‘Aftertaste’ which continues almost seamlessly from the intro, and is joined by the unique vocals associated with the lady herself. The powerful lyrics tell a story of how a failed relationship can leave you with a nasty aftertaste in your mouth.
‘Lost and Found’ is the stand out track on the album and is another tale of lost love. The melancholy subject is cleverly mixed with a rather deceiving upbeat musical style. ‘Lost and Found’ was released as a single on the 5th November 2015.
The album also features singles released back in November 2014. Established tracks include ‘Outside’, a number 6 hit from Calvin Harris on which she featured, making this the second time she has collaborated with the DJ and Producer, ‘Love Me Like You Do’ from the soundtrack of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and the more recent ‘On My Mind’.
Despite the positive aspects of the album, it ultimately seems to be formulaic and, unlike ‘Halcyon’ from 2013, it really struggles to work as well as her previous offerings. With the record company releasing four singles from the album in the 6 weeks preceding its release, the album seems to be just another money making exercise rather than a serious album.
‘Delirium’ is out now via Cherrytree Records/Interscope.