Halcyon [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
With her 2010 debut, Lights, and the expanded Bright Lights, British vocalist Ellie Goulding bridged the gap between the soulful adult contemporary beltings of Adele and the more primal indie rock gospel of Florence + the Machine. Gifted with a disarmingly throaty -- yet still resonant -- voice and attractive, girl-next-door charisma that combines Kate Bush's cherubic art pop croon mixed with the asymmetrical half-smile charm of Drew Barrymore, Goulding stood out among the sea of post-Imogen Heap synth folk songstresses such as Little Boots, La Roux, and Lykke Li. On her sophomore effort, 2012's Halcyon, Goulding moves in an even more arty, electronic direction. Where ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
With her 2010 debut, Lights, and the expanded Bright Lights, British vocalist Ellie Goulding bridged the gap between the soulful adult contemporary beltings of Adele and the more primal indie rock gospel of Florence + the Machine. Gifted with a disarmingly throaty -- yet still resonant -- voice and attractive, girl-next-door charisma that combines Kate Bush's cherubic art pop croon mixed with the asymmetrical half-smile charm of Drew Barrymore, Goulding stood out among the sea of post-Imogen Heap synth folk songstresses such as Little Boots, La Roux, and Lykke Li. On her sophomore effort, 2012's Halcyon, Goulding moves in an even more arty, electronic direction. Where Lights featured a handful of well-crafted singer/songwriter-styled singles such as "Guns and Horses" and the disco-bliss number "Starry Eyed," Halcyon keeps the singer/songwriter lyricism, but expands upon the electronic and symphonic palette. Aside from a few songs like the gutting, bittersweet piano ballad "I Know You Care" -- which itself brings to mind her smash 2010 cover of Elton John's "Your Song" -- Halcyon is largely built around epic long-form anthems and shimmery moments of gargantuan synthesizer drama. Tracks like the baroque "My Blood" and lustful club-groover "Figure 8" have a crisp, pulsating electronic buoyancy that, as with all of the songs on Halcyon, vibrate with a palpable dramatic tension. Also in keeping with the arty-electronic atmosphere of the album, Goulding dresses up her powerful lark of a voice with a delicately laced veil of digital effects. She sets these sparkling, multi-tracked vocal sections against roiling arpeggiated grand piano lines, the digital pluck of harps, echoey orchestral samples, and the ever present hum of deep bass synth. Goulding has a strong enough voice that when she toured with the decidedly more rootsy blues and country-influenced American songwriter Lissie in 2010, they brought the house down with several pitch-perfect, soulful duets, so the move toward a more atmospheric, sonically layered approach feels decidedly more like a conscious aesthetic choice. In that sense, she seems to be striking a balance between her more arty inclinations and a kind of adult contemporary, Annie Lennox-style professionalism. Perhaps Goulding illuminates her strong suits best on her enigmatic single "Anything Could Happen," in which she belts out a kind of post-traumatic affirmation for letting go and moving on to brighter things. She sings "Letting darkness grow/As if we need its palette and we need its colour/But now I've seen it through/And now I know the truth/That anything could happen." An ambitious work by an artist intent on developing her total sound, Halcyon finds Goulding poised at the edge of artistic and career possibilities. [Halcyon was also released with four bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2013
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602537509386
  • Catalog Number: 001908702
  • Sales rank: 2,962

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Say A Word (4:07)
  2. 2 My Blood (3:55)
  3. 3 Anything Could Happen (4:46)
  4. 4 Only You (3:51)
  5. 5 Halcyon (3:24)
  6. 6 Figure 8 (4:07)
  7. 7 Joy (3:09)
  8. 8 Hanging On (3:21)
  9. 9 Explosions (4:03)
  10. 10 I Know You Care (3:27)
  11. 11 Atlantis (3:53)
  12. 12 Dead In The Water (4:45)
  13. 13 Burn (3:52)
  14. 14 Goodness Gracious (3:47)
  15. 15 I Need Your Love (3:55)
  16. 16 Lights (3:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ellie Goulding Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Sally Herbert Choir Conductor
Greg Kurstin Guitar, Keyboards
London Community Gospel Choir Choir, Chorus
John Fortis Keyboards
Ash Howes Drums, Keyboards
Fiona Bonds Viola
Ian Burdge Cello
Sophie Harris Cello
John Metcalfe Viola
Justin Parker Piano, Background Vocals
Richard George Violin, Leader
Natalia Bonner Violin
Gillon Cameron Violin
Nate Ruess Background Vocals
Hannah Dawson Violin
Kate Robinson Violin
Natalie Holt Viola
Jonny Byers Cello
Jim Eliot Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Background Vocals
Max Baillie Viola
Rick Koster Violin
Nina Foster Violin
Gareth Griffiths Violin
Richard "Biff" Stannard Bass, Keyboards
Emma Parker Violin
Oliver Langford Violin
Fin Dow-Smith Synthesizer, Piano
Kirsty Mangan Violin
Rachael Lander Cello
Matty Ward Violin
Technical Credits
Sally Herbert String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement, String Conductor
Greg Kurstin Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Karen Thompson Mastering
John Fortis Composer, Programming, Producer
Ash Howes Composer, Producer
Mike Spencer Additional Production
Ariel Rechtshaid Composer
Noel Zancanella Composer
John Hanes Engineer
Justin Parker Composer, Programming, Producer
Ashley Krajewski Programming, Engineer
Nate Ruess Composer
Ryan Tedder Composer, Vocal Producer
Monsta Producer
Jesse Shatkin Engineer
Naweed Mastering
Rob Katz Vocal Engineer
Billboard Producer
Brent Kutzle Composer
Calvin Harris Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Graham Archer Vocal Engineer
Alex Pasco Engineer
Jim Eliot Composer, Sound Effects, Producer, drum programming
Hannah Neaves Art Direction
Ellie Goulding Composer, Producer, Art Direction
George Murphy Engineer
Richard "Biff" Stannard Composer, Producer
Cassandra Gracey Art Direction
Starsmith Producer
Jonny Lattimer Composer, Vocal Producer
Fin Dow-Smith Composer, String Arrangements
Mima Stilwell Composer
Ben Baptie Engineer
Patrick James Grossi Composer
Joel Peters Assistant Vocal Engineer
Rocky Morris Composer, Instrumentation
Rufio Sandilands Composer, Instrumentation
Steve Malcomson Programming
Joe Kearns Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
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