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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00968THRE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (451 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,773 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
14. Ritual [exclusive track]
15. In My City [exclusive track]
16. Without Your Love [exclusive track]
17. Hanging On feat. Tinie Tempah
18. Lights - Single Version

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.

Customer Reviews

The music and Ellie Gouldings voice are truly unique.
KT
If you are not a fan of Ellie's music, buy this album, and she will change your mind.
Bazda
"Explosions" - In my opinion, one of the best songs on the album.
Chad A Bridges

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117 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Brandon J. Smith VINE VOICE on August 31, 2013
Format: Audio CD
My star rating is based entirely on the new songs. If you don't already have Halcyon, bump it up to an additional star, as the main album is outstanding.

Ellie Goulding has done this twice now. First came Lights, then came Bright Lights, the same album with a number of bonus tracks. Okay, she was still establishing herself at that point, and that was a way to get some more product out there to support her popularity as it took a while for the "Lights" single to catch on. Her proper follow-up, Halcyon, was great. Now comes the same album with an entire album's worth of new songs tacked on. Of course, to get it, you have to repurchase Halcyon. (By the way, "Lights" is a bonus track on that album. So, if you bought all of Goulding's releases up to this point, you've bought this song four times! As great as that song is, that's just not fair to the buyer.)

The solution would seem to be to download the individual tracks, if you already have Halcyon. The pricing doesn't work out in the customer's favor yet again, though.

I don't usually comment on price, but this is just too lousy a trend not to write about. Please, Ellie, release new music on its own. This rapid-fire rereleasing of albums is just a poorly conceived method of selling music, disrespecting fans who buy your music on faith the day it's originally put on the market.

The new songs themselves, by the way, range from good to very good. Nothing's bad, but only "Burn" stands out so far as being excellent.
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71 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Chad A Bridges on October 9, 2012
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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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on August 28, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Ellie Goulding is one of my favorite artists right now. She doesn't go over the top to try to be different, she's just naturally different and very talented. Lights and Halcyon were very good albums. Halcyon days would have been perfect if it were A: just the new tracks from the second disc. and B: titled something else. In my opinion there wasn't any need to make this an addition to Halcyon. There are enough solid tracks out of the new songs to make this a completely new album, unless she thought there wasn't enough time in between the two. Aside from this minor issue, there are some awesome new songs on the second disc. My favorite is Under Control by far, the chorus is absolutely amazing. Other great songs are Goodness Gracious, How Long will I Love You, Stay Awake with Madeon, Midas Touch, and Hearts Without Chains. Burn may be some people's favorite but I don't care for it too much. You My Everything has the same feel as Stay Awake but you can't come close to Madeon. Flashlight is just okay, same with Tessellate (Although I do like the Saxophone parts in Tessellate) Overall I'm very happy with these new additions to Halcyon!
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Richard W. Taylor on November 1, 2012
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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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