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Ellie Goulding – Delirium | Album Review

Ellie’s new album got us feeling delirious.

Ellie Goulding - Delirium

Source: Official Album Artwork

Even though her career began with a more folk-like focus, Ellie Goulding is no stranger to creating addictive pop hits. In a recent interview with NME, she explained that her third album Delirium is an “experiment to make a big pop album” and she has certainly delivered.

In good company from the off-set, this record has been produced and co-written by the likes of Greg Kurstin (Sia, Adele, Beyonce) and Max Martin (Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry) amongst others. After the rousing ‘Intro’, tracks ‘Aftertaste’ and ‘Something In The Way You Move’ boasts a classic distinctive Goulding vocal over upbeat tunes that instantly draw you in, with dazzling pop choruses that are so easy to sing-along to. ‘Keep On Dancin’ is co-written by the unstoppable Ryan Tedder and touches on the electronic aspects of her previous record Halcyon, bringing tuneful whistles and atmospheric buzzes to the song’s bouncing beat.

Delirium already boasts two huge lead singles ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and ‘On My Mind’ whilst her upcoming third single ‘Army’ looks set to be as popular. Though more of a grower, its stirring lyrics such as “when I’m with you I’m standing with an army” and effortlessly uplifting chorus make for yet another perfectly executed pop song. ‘Don’t Panic’ brings yet more addictive beats and fizzes along with sassy girl power reminiscent of Taylor Swift, singing “I’ve got big dreams baby so don’t you overcomplicate it”. ‘Don’t Need Nobody’ and ‘I Do What I Love’, a drum led track with Santigold vibes, help to reinforce Ellie‘s strong female stance even further.

The standard version of the record has a generous 16 songs, with 22 featuring on the deluxe. Even with so many tracks, it’s genuinely difficult to spot any weak moments because every song holds its own. Whether it’s an electro-pop banger like ‘Outside’ ft Calvin Harris or something more down-tempo like ‘Winner’, the whole record feels like a true labour of love.

Delirium may not be a sound we haven’t heard from Ellie before, but it certainly packs a punch in terms of massive songs and shows off exactly what she does best. Perhaps most importantly of all, it feels honest. This is one experiment that has most definitely paid off, solidifying Ellie as one of the UK’s best pop artists.

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