“[Halcyon is] like a bird that basically during the winter, it would lay its eggs by the sea and bring calm to the stormy waters and a lot of my songs on this record are about the ocean and water.” – Ellie Goulding
That pretty much sums up this album. But since I love you guys so much, I shall give you more comments in this review. Ellie Goulding has grown so much since I first heard her demos in 2009, and despite my crude hipsterdom, I must admit it has been rather pleasing to watch her rise to mainstream stardom (because she so rightfully deserves it, duh). At first listen, Halcyon seems much more darker to its predecessor Lights, YET also more peaceful and poignant at the same time (maybe it’s the use of gospel choir-like vocals. I kid). This album packs a powerful punch aided by some mild wompage (Anything Could Happen, Only You) and whether that said wompage is influenced by current beau Skrillex or not…I do not know….but I like it.
Halcyon, I believe, is what sophomore albums should be like. More intimate, more elaborate, and just…just more. It’s been said before, I get extremely bored when artists decide to go the “same ‘ol shit” route, so I’m glad Goulding chose to get a little experimental while still retaining the sound we all fell in love with during Lights (can’t get enough of those high soprano vocal chords). Goulding is no longer the fizzy, bubbly electric pop princess we once knew. With this album, she’s coming out fists up with insightful and heartfelt tracks that can quite frankly kick a grown man’s ass.
Favorite track: My Blood. I can FEEL every word she belts during the chorus. Seriously, the intense emotion is so palpable that I’m getting a never-ending amount of aftershocks, and I simply cannot get enough of it.
God knows it’s the only way to feel now,