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05-12-10 5:05 pm
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I (along with the rest of the world apparently) loved the first single Hello. Unfortunately, the album while serviceable, doesn't live up to that single's amazing potential. She still has a stunning voice but the album is incredibly formulaic. River Lea and Sweetest Devotion are highlights for me, as they don't follow the typical piano balladry of the album and are good songs in their own right.
Make no mistake- this is a straight up, full on pop album. Ellie Goulding wants to compete with the likes of Taylor Swift. Her ever so slightly experimental sound from Halcyon is gone. But there are some solid tracks here. Aftertaste, Something In The Way You Move, and Holding On for Life all have killer hooks and production. Not a complete waste, but a disappointment, especially considering how she used to sound.
Some really good songs and some improvements over the similarly decent I Love You. Cry Baby is really weak; way too poppy and top 40 sounding. Some bad lyrics here and there. But if you dig their debut you will like this one. Daddy Issues and The Beach are highlights. A couple of songs have a surprisingly experimental vibe (Wiped Out!, Baby Come Home/Valentine). It's a decent album with a handful of highlights but quite a few weaknesses as well.
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