Album Watch: 'Bright Lights' and Bigger Cities

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


If you've heard Lights, the debut album of Ellie Goulding, and if you fell in love like I did with tracks such as "Starry Eyed" and "This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)" then you know Goulding was a gem for in the chalice of 2010. She's hoping to duplicate the success that befell on her last year towards Stateside shores with the release of Bright Lights.  

Pretty much Bright Lights is a re-hash of what Lights had to offer, plus six new tracks. How's that for generous? Included in the set is her take on Elton John's "Your Song", a dreamy little synth catch called  "Animal", and current first single, "Lights". Usually re-releases draw a aftertaste in my mouth, but if it's to get Goulding a wider fan-base, then so be it. In fact, six songs added to the stunning ten of Lights is a quite a treat. Personally, I hope she ignites, she's got her smart pop thing going a la Robyn, but done where if you subtracted the dizzy synth production (courtesy of Starsmith), you'd get some real soulful folk underneath. I also adore Goulding's sweet and precocious vocal, it's just refreshing to hear it amid a sea of same-old-same in the pop market.

To get acquainted (or re-acquainted) peep her video, for "Lights" after the cut, as well as indulge in track, "Animal". Oh, and as a bonus, peep her cover of Sam Sparro's "Black & Gold"...it's not as staggeringly epic as the original, but it let's fetch happen.

Ellie Goulding - Animal


Ellie Goulding - Black & Gold (Sam Sparro cover)



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