Lights [U.S. Edition]

Lights [U.S. Edition]

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by Ellie Goulding
     
 

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It shouldn't surprise any Ellie Goulding fan to know that as a songwriter, the 23-year-old British songstress has written for the likes of Gabriella Cilmi and Diana Vickers. That's because Goulding's talent doesn't stretch far from other teen Brit-pop artists of 2010, who are more likely to pull back and

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It shouldn't surprise any Ellie Goulding fan to know that as a songwriter, the 23-year-old British songstress has written for the likes of Gabriella Cilmi and Diana Vickers. That's because Goulding's talent doesn't stretch far from other teen Brit-pop artists of 2010, who are more likely to pull back and dig deep on a record than indulge in the froth of Girls Aloud or Sugababes. However, Goulding's first full-length album, Lights, seems to fall somewhere in between the two. It lacks the dramatic crash and bang of Florence + the Machine's Lungs, but is certainly a more restrained, compelling listen than the debut records by Pixie Lott and Little Boots. Goulding's quite the songwriter (she co-wrote every track), and songs like "This Love" and "Under the Sheets" suggest that Goulding's album doesn't fall back on singles like Paloma Faith's album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? This album is tender, sharp, and most importantly, musically relevant. Goulding is able to take the best parts of all of her contemporaries' styles and create pleasantly surprising records. A casual listener may not adore Goulding's album in its entirety, but many will be able to find something to adore from this magical young talent. [The U.S. release of the album switches up the track list (adding the title track and cutting "Wish I'd Stayed"), changes the cover, and adds a bonus track (her version of Elton John's "Your Song").]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2011
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602527631325
catalogNumber:
001532902
Rank:
10827

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ellie Goulding   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Stevie Blacke   Strings
Ash Howes   Drums,Keyboards
Fraser T. Smith   Keyboards
Ben Lovett   Piano,Background Vocals
Seye Adelekan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Matt Wiggins   Timpani
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Bass,Keyboards
Charlie Morton   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Starsmith   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ruth De Turberville   Cello,Background Vocals
Joe Clegg   Drums

Technical Credits

Elton John   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Matt Hill   Drum Engineering
Julian Kindred   Drum Engineering
John Fortis   Composer
Ash Howes   Composer,Producer
Fraser T. Smith   Composer,Producer
Matt Lawrence   Engineer
Ben Lovett   Producer
Ellie Goulding   Composer
Beatriz Artola   Engineer
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Composer,Producer
Starsmith   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Jonny Lattimer   Composer
Fin Dow-Smith   Composer
Steve Malcolmson   Programming

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