Monday, 14 February 2011

Ellie Goulding - Bright Lights

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1. Guns And Horses 3:35
2. Starry Eyed 2:57
3. This Love (Will Be Your Downfall) 3:54
4. Under The Sheets 3:44
5. The Writer 4:11
6. Every Time You Go 3:25
7. Wish I Stayed 3:40
8. Your Biggest Mistake 3:25
9. I'll Hold My Breath 3:45
10. Salt Skin 4:16
11. Lights 3:31
12. Human 4:09
13. Little Dreams 3:18
14. Home 3:25
15. Animal 3:40
16. Believe Me 4:03
17. Your Song 3:12


Lights (Ellie Goulding album)

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Lights
Studio album by Ellie Goulding
Released26 February 2010
Recorded2008–2009
GenreIndie pop, electropop, synthpop,folktronica
Length36:51
LabelPolydor
ProducerStarsmith, Frankmusik, Fraser T. Smith, Richard Stannard, Liam Howe, Fred Falke, Ben Lovett
Alternative covers
Bright Lights cover
US cover
Singles from Lights
  1. "Under the Sheets"
    Released: 9 November 2009
  2. "Starry Eyed"
    Released: 22 February 2010
  3. "Guns and Horses"
    Released: 17 May 2010
  4. "The Writer"
    Released: 8 August 2010
Singles from Bright Lights
  1. "Your Song"
    Released: 12 November 2010
  2. "Lights"
    Released: Early 2011
[hide] Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound(6/10)[3]
The Fly(4/5)[4]
The Guardian2/5 stars[5]
The Independent3/5 stars[6]
musicOMH3/5 stars[7]
NME(6/10)[8]
Pitchfork Media(6.8/10)[9]
The Times2/5 stars[10]

Lights is the debut studio album by English recording artist Ellie Goulding. It was released in the United Kingdom on 1 March 2010 by Polydor Records. Produced by Starsmith, Frankmusik, Fraser T. Smithand Richard Stannard, the album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart selling almost 40,000 copies in its first week.[11] By the end of 2010, the album had sold over 300,000 copies in the UK.[12][13]

The album was re-released on 29 November 2010 asBright Lights, including six brand-new tracks.[14] The re-release helped the album return to the top five in the UK in January 2011.[15] On 8 March 2011 the album will be released in the United States featuring three songs that were not available on the original version but were added on for the Bright Lightsrelease.[16]

Contents

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[edit]Background and development

Goulding worked with producers Starsmith,Frankmusik, Fraser T. Smith and Richard Stannard; the majority of the album was recorded in the former's bedroom in Bromley, London.[17] Goulding explained that the album "is made up of songs that all started on a guitar over a period of about two years. A number of the songs vent romantic victories and failures." She revealed that the first song she ever wrote, "Wish I Stayed", is featured on the album.[18]She also said of her music: "Though I write on guitar, I hear the entire sound of songs in my head. And Fin [Starsmith] is someone who understands."[17]

[edit]Critical reception

According to review aggregator Metacritic, Lightsholds an average score of 64 out of 100, indicating generally positive reviews from critics.[19] Neil McCormick from The Daily Telegraph praised the "lush electro-dance production of Starsmith" saying it "evokes a gushing, breathless rush of heady emotion that might have benefited from at least a dash of restraint and intimacy."[2] Mike Diver from BBC Musicdescribed the album as "an expectations-passing collection that should see fans of the singer's material to date elevating her to superstar status – perhaps not Gaga league, but certainly the equal of the current solo female du jour, Florence Welch." He also stated that "ballads like The Writer and I'll Hold My Breath retain the glossy attraction of singles Under the Sheets and Starry Eyed. Wish I Stayed is the album's skilfully sound-scaped highlight, percussively brutish but comely of light keys."[20] In his review forAllmusic, Matthew Chisling commented that "Goulding's album is something of relevance; it lacks the dramatic crash and bang of Florence and the Machine's Lungs, but is certainly a more restrained, compelling listen than the debut records by Pixie Lottand Little Boots." He further commended Goulding for her ability to "take the best parts of all of her contemporaries' styles and create pleasantly surprising records."[1] The Fly magazine's Camilla Pia stated: "Packed full of sparkling pop with a folky heart and an electronic edge, the debut is ridiculously infectious; swooping choruses and lyrics of all-consuming love and losing it sticking in your head from first listen."[4]

The Independent critic Andy Gill noted that "despite the occasional furtive flourish of acoustic guitar, her work on this debut album is more akin to the retro-synthpop of Little Boots and La Roux, thanks to the thoroughness with which production partner Fin Dow-Smith has smothered her folkie origins under a welter of busily cycling synths and programmed beats."[6] Stephen Troussé wrote for Pitchfork Media that "[o]utside of its immediate context, Lights is a sometimes great, always promising debut. It's an album about leaving home, and it works best when the contrast between the folk singer and the pop production chimes with the tensions between the pull of home and the allure of the city."[9]Michael Cragg from musicOMH opined that "[f]or the most part, the strength of the songwriting should keep the doubters at bay, Goulding and producer Starsmith concocting a heady mix of skyscraping choruses, twinkling beats and Goulding's elastic vocals."[7] Claire Allfree of Metroreferred to the album as "undeniably pretty aerated synth-pop but Goulding's girly, heartfelt voice is oddly depthless, while the electronic vapour and four-to-the-floor house beats swoop in a wash of perfectly calibrated bland sound", though there was praise for "Starry Eyed" ("pulsingly pert") and "The Writer" ("a lilting melodic hook").[21] However, The Guardian's Alexis Petridis took a dislike to the album saying it provides "just general acoustic singer-songwriter material."[5] Mark Beaumontfrom the NME was not impressed either, stating that "there's nothing here groundbreaking enough to justify the critical frothing. It's largely straight-ahead folk-pop dappled with a mild ground-frost of sequenced beats, Auto-Tune, and synth sizzles."[8] David Renshaw of Drowned in Sound believed that "Lights sounds like a naïve folk album given a blog house remix" and that "[d]evoid of a true soul or sense of honesty Lights can be a pretty hollow listen."[3]

[edit]Singles

"Under the Sheets" was released as the album's lead single on 9 November 2009, reaching number fifty-three on the UK Singles Chart.[22] Follow-up single "Starry Eyed", released on 22 February 2010, peaked at number four,[22] ultimately becoming the UK's thirty-ninth best-selling single of 2010.[23] "Guns and Horses" was released on 17 May 2010 as the third single from the album,[24] and charted at number twenty-six in the UK.[22] "The Writer", the fourth single, was released digitally only on 8 August 2010, reaching as far as number nineteen on the UK Singles Chart.[22]

Goulding's cover of Elton John's 1970 classic "Your Song" was released as the album's fifth single on 12 November 2010, also serving as the lead single from the Bright Lights re-release.[25] The song entered the UK chart at number thirty-nine just two days after its digital release.[22] It became Goulding's highest-peaking single to date on the UK chart, reaching number two in its third week. It was the thirtieth best-selling single in the UK for 2010.[23]. The song was featured in the John Lewis Christmas 2010 TV advert in the UK.[26] "Lights", which was originally available only as a bonus track from iTunes, will serve as the album's sixth single.[27]

[edit]Track listing

Original release
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Guns and Horses" Ellie Goulding, John FortisStarsmith3:35
2."Starry Eyed" Goulding, Jonny LattimerStarsmith2:56
3."This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)" Goulding, StarsmithStarsmith3:53
4."Under the Sheets" Goulding, StarsmithStarsmith3:44
5."The Writer" Goulding, LattimerStarsmith4:11
6."Every Time You Go" Goulding, Fortis, StarsmithStarsmith3:25
7."Wish I Stayed" GouldingFrankmusik3:40
8."Your Biggest Mistake" Goulding,Fraser T. SmithSmith3:25
9."I'll Hold My Breath" Goulding, StarsmithStarsmith3:45
10."Salt Skin" Goulding, StarsmithStarsmith4:17
Bright Lights re-release
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."Lights"(Single Version)Goulding, Stannard, HowesStannard3:32
12."Human" Goulding, StarsmithStarsmith4:09
13."Little Dreams" Goulding,Liam HoweHowe3:18
14."Home" Goulding,Fred FalkeFalke3:24
15."Animal" Goulding, StarsmithStarsmith3:40
16."Believe Me" Goulding,Crispin Hunt, Rob BlakeFalke4:03
17."Your Song" Elton John,Bernie TaupinBen Lovett3:10
US edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Lights"(Single Version)Goulding, Stannard, HowesStannard3:32
2."Guns and Horses" Goulding, FortisStarsmith3:35
3."Starry Eyed" Goulding, LattimerStarsmith2:56
4."This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)" Goulding, StarsmithStarsmith3:53
5."Under the Sheets" Goulding, StarsmithStarsmith3:44
6."The Writer" Goulding, LattimerStarsmith4:11
7."Animal" Goulding, StarsmithStarsmith3:40
8."Every Time You Go" Goulding, Fortis, StarsmithStarsmith3:25
9."Your Biggest Mistake" Goulding, SmithSmith3:25
10."Salt Skin" Goulding, StarsmithStarsmith4:17
11."Your Song" John, TaupinLovett3:10

[edit]Personnel

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