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Vinyl LP pressing. 2012 album from the British singer/songwriter. All the tracks on the album were written and co-produced by Ellie Goulding and the majority were recorded in a converted barn in Ellie's hometown in the Hay Valley, West England with producer Jim Elliot (Kylie I Ladyhawke). '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.' the first single, '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.
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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.
Halcyon is different. It's different from her first album and it's different from every other top 40 album. Halcyon moves slightly away from its electronic-based predecessor, Lights, in favor of a unique blend of real instruments with modern EDM producing techniques that not only complements Ellie's distinct vocals but creates an uncommon tone that is refreshingly cohesive throughout the entire album. Nowadays, in the age of digital music, the vast majority of artists only release LPs to distribute their hit songs. The rest of their records are filler and that's where Halcyon breaks the trend. Each song is special and frequently utilizes Ellie's talent of putting poetry to music; another lost art.
There are no bad songs on this record. "Don't Say A Word" sets the stage for the album as being darker and more mature in both its writing and subject matter. "My Blood" is one of the standout tracks that is able to captivate me completely. "Anything Could Happen" is an upbeat song that I suspect was written with a more sinister viewpoint making it a lot more interesting to listen to. Other standout tracks include "Halcyon", "Figure 8", "Hanging On" (which is a fantastic cover originally sung by Active Child), and "Dead In The Water" but, as I already mentioned, there are no bad songs on this album. However, "I Need Your Love" does sound misplaced. It doesn't fit the cohesive nature that the rest of the album has constructed. It's not a bad song but it's definitely evidence that Ellie's label insisted it be included since it was a hit song at the time of Halcyon's release.
While the lyrics on this record are amazing, I can't quite decide if I think the music is even better. Nearly every song includes an arrangement using piano, bass, guitar, drums, and a few synthesizers. It's a simple sound that is a lot more rich and complex the more you try to isolate each instrument. The producers also included synthesized vox that helps develop the extraordinary sound found throughout the record.
Ellie Goulding's album, Lights, is awesome and fun to listen to. Her album, Delirium, is okay. Halcyon, on the other hand, stands head and shoulders above either one. It's my go-to album on a rainy day when I just want to sit inside, relax, and let some music pass my time. It really does get better with each replay.