After listening to Ellie Goulding’s most recent album, Delirium, released Nov. 13, I could not get some of the songs out of my head. With chart-topping hit singles like “Lights” and “Burn” in the U.K. singer’s repertoire, it is no surprise that her latest album continues to meet her high standards. This album maintains Goulding’s unique electro-indie pop sound while boasting a variety of songs that are each slightly distinct.
Songs such as “On My Mind” and “Codes” stay true to this signature, upbeat sound, while other songs, like “Army” and “Devotion,” bring in a softer beat. This is a refreshing change for Goulding, considering a majority of her songs are focused on electronic, energetic rhythms. However, the perfect mix of these sounds manifests itself in Goulding’s latest hit, “Love Me Like You Do,” from The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. This song is both slow and sentimental, yet also catchy and uplifting; perhaps that’s why it’s a hit on the radio.
While the beat can be powerful and encompassing in Goulding’s songs, her lyrics should be noticed and appreciated as well. In particular, “Lost and Found” contains lyrics that are poetic, witty and beautiful. This song is predominantly focused on the subjects of love and heartbreak. These themes seem to be a pattern in many of the songs on this album, which seems to work as a part of Goulding’s reputation compelling, honest and emotionally relatable. However, no matter what the topic is, Goulding never ceases to create an unforgettable sound that is as fun as it is catchy. Ultimately, “Delirium” is an instant hit that is bound to become more and more popular as its edgy, captivating sound continues to play on the radio.