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Halcyon

Ellie GouldingAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)

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If the singing voice is merely a vehicle for a melody, a means of putting across a verse, a bridge, a chorus, well, somebody forgot to tell Ellie Goulding. As her debut album, Lights, made so thrillingly clear, Ellie uses her voice as a texture in much the same way that a skilled instrumentalist would. It is, in other words, a sound – in Ellie’s case, an utterly distinctive and ... Read more in Amazon's Ellie Goulding Store

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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B0090X4GJE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,250 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. I Need Your Love (Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding)
14. Lights

Editorial Reviews

'This album for me is a journey from dark into light from confusion to understanding,' Goulding says. 'I didn't set out to write a break-up record but I think it became one.'
'Anything Could Happen' is the first new original music from the British singer-songwriter since she burst onto the scene with the catchy folk-pop electro songs on her debut album Lights, which was the best-selling debut album of 2010 in the UK and has spawned several singles that have sold five million copies worldwide. She has also earned a legion of fans in the U.S. thanks to radio airplay and relentless touring that has seen her play to over 30,000 fans Stateside as well as festival appearances and a sold-out Katy Perry tour. Certified double-platinum in the U.S, the single 'Lights' has sold more than 2.5 million copies, and is currently Top 5 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Top 40 charts.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
70 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing offering October 9, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
So I am not really sure of what gives with these British gals and their sophomore "break-up" albums, but I sure do love it. I have been awaiting this album for over a year, and I was so excited it finally released. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. For those of you who were looking for a copy-cat electropop/dance record similar to "Lights", you might be . What I love about this album is that you can hear and feel Ellie progressing from the first album. I also like that I can tell she is listening to other artists and incorporating elements in the tracks, yet still keeping true to her unique sound and vocal ability. The album is part "Lights", part Florence +the Machine, part Annie Lennox, part Minnie Riperton (for those of us old enough to remember), part Bjork, yet all still strangely Ellie. This album is much darker than "Lights", and I feel like that is a good thing for the artist. She definitely can't be boxed in to a particular genre anymore.
I was glad that she didn't have TOO much influence from new boyfriend Skrillex, and though indeed the dubstep/brostep sound is prominent on a few songs (mainly the hard-thumping "Figure 8"), it doesn't take over the whole album. Based on the lyrical content, it seems most of the tracks were written soon after her break-up with Radio1 DJ Greg James, and before her new beau. The difficulty of picking up the pieces and finding your life without the attachment to another is definitely present on the album. Here's my track by track breakdown:
"Don't Say a Word" - the album begins with a haunting, lilting voice-track, much in the style of Riperton, then the Bjork/Florence Welch style kicks in with the instrumentation underneath.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revised ... no longer a broken record -- Love It November 1, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My prior review is below. I have now culled out the songs on this disc, I like ... I must say I love them. I find myself listening to them over and over. If you consider the repeated lyrics as a product of Ellie's instrument: her voice, you can get over the repetition. I am always on the search for what I call "life songs." That is, songs I will like for my entire life. This disc has at least two. I am warming up to it.

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Even today if you scratch vinyl, you can get the stylus stuck in a groove. The result is a repeated lyric over and over and over until you make a physical correction. No doubt about it, Ellie G has an incredible voice, but she needs to find a lyricist to help out to fill in holes with something other than repeated refrains. Across this album Ellie repeats lyrics over and over to the extent that I can't listen again to a given song. On the iconic ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN she reminds of of the track title over 20 times. Halcyon is a great song with a wonderful riff, but she tells us IT'S GONNA BE BETTER 27 times in just a few minutes. I tried to LET IT GO, LET IT GO, LET IT GO, LET IT GO, LET IT GO ... , but it really doesn't ever get that much better for me. With this talent, I find myself wondering how good it could be if Ellie found her Bernie Taupin.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing but DIFFERENT October 9, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The main thing to remember about this new album is that it is not Lights. It's a totally new album. One cannot expect the same thing when the artist has grown and matured, and why would they write the same album over again? The overall tone of Halcyon is much more moody and sad. But I also feel like this is much more personal than Lights. Sure, Ellie wrote all of the songs on Lights mostly from personal experience. But none of them got into the raw emotion and personal feelings that Halcyon does. I feel like this has its own identity, just like Lights did. I don't compare the two. I love them both. My favorite tracks are Only You, My Blood (the lyrics are SO incredibly deep and personal), I Need Your Love, Ritual (deluxe track) and Dead in the Water.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes you to a strange place October 9, 2012
Format:Audio CD
UK songstress Ellie Goulding burst onto the music scene with her sparkly brand of electro pop. Since then she and Skrillex have become an item and besides adopting a similar haircut to his, they have also collaborated a bit. Her sophomore disc "Halcyon" features a more mature sound with more pensive and personal lyrics.

"Don't Say A Word" opens the album with disembodied choir sounds and almost tribal percussion. "Anything Could Happen", "Only You", The swirling Dubstep-influenced "Figure 8", the shimmery club anthem "I Need Your Love" which features Calvin Harris, and the US no. 2 hit "Lights" are all upbeat numbers.

This time around, the album is laden with ballads laden with choral walls, from "My Blood", the acoustic "Halcyon", the spare "Joy" (which allows her voice to soar unhindered), the lovely "Hanging On", "Explosions", the delicate piano ballad "I Know You Care" (which sounds like it dropped from Adele's handbag), "Atlantis", and the phenomenal "Dead In The Water", a gentle number that builds and builds, as does the album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the same feel as her other albums January 19, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I loved the previous Ellie Goulding albums, there was always a contagious song that was upbeat and lovely on the ears, but on this album, I just couldn't find a song that resonated with me. I guess if you're looking for something similar to "Lights" which I LOVE LOVE LOVE, I'm not sure if you'll find it here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars TAC Review
Bought this for my son. He liked it, said it was a good album. I personally have only heard a couple of the songs from it that are played on the radio, so I guess I'll have to take... Read more
Published 17 days ago by TAC
5.0 out of 5 stars One Word AMAZING!!!!!
Its plain and simple this is a great album, definitely one of the best of this year! It is definitely a breath of fresh air!
Published 18 days ago by Whitley
4.0 out of 5 stars Burn is great
You will know a few more songs too. The price can't be beat! I paid $3.99. Not sure if that was a regular price or a promotional one.
Published 19 days ago by Tech Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is a really good album. I like every song and can listen to it over and over again. There is a nice mix of slow songs and upbeat songs.
Published 20 days ago by Rocksteadyluv
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly awesome!
I bought this thinking it was going to suck, but boy was I wrong! Lots of great songs on this album. Such as Lights which everyone has heard at one point or another. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Rene
2.0 out of 5 stars Just buy the songs you like...
I enjoy about 3 of the songs, the rest are kinda dull. In retrospect I just should have paid the 99 cents for the songs i knew i liked.
Published 25 days ago by Degofab
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
Love Ellie's music. She has a great voice and makes some great sounding music.
The best song on the album is Halcyon.
Published 1 month ago by AMY
5.0 out of 5 stars I could listen all day!
This is such a good album and her voice is amazing. The whole album is very addicting, I can't stop listening.
Published 1 month ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars She is amazing!
She has such a soulful voice and beautiful sound. My favorite song is "Explosions". Her sound is unique and her music is full of power. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lrratcliff
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great
Every time I hear a song of hers on a radio or in stores, I always have to sound hound "who is that? I really like this music. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Debra Todd
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Ellie Goulding "Lights" on her upcoming album?
i think the single had such late success, they want it to be a reason for new fans to buy the new record and think it's brand new. it's only on the US version.
Oct 3, 2012 by dreamover |  See all 2 posts
The Killers?
I was wondering the same thing and can't seem to find anything about it.
Sep 25, 2012 by Daniel J. Clark |  See all 3 posts
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