Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ellie Goulding: 'Lights'

In theory, a slew of honors — including the Critic’s Choice prize at the BRIT Awards and a No. 1 debut record at home — should be a harbinger of great things to come for UK electro-folk import Ellie Goulding. Of course, trans-Atlantic success isn’t quite as easy to translate on a one-to-one ratio. Considering the company she is keeping on her new stateside label, Cherrytree — La Roux, Robyn, Feist — Goulding flutters into the expansive genre orbit of each touchstone throughout this rerelease of her UK debut. While the beat-driven production and percolating synth sparkle of “Starry Eyed’’ and “Animal’’ call to mind the former two’s strident dance-floor aplomb, Goulding’s crackling voice is capable of affecting a prostrate pose in the midst of the swirl that suggests the latter’s folk-tinged vulnerability. That’s most apparent on the stuttering synth-string thrum of “Guns and Horses’’ and a cover of Elton John’s “Your Song,’’ a sad number she somehow makes even sadder. Who cares if anyone else buys this, then? You’ll be glad you did. (Out now)

Boston Globe

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