At this point in the year, it’s a safe bet to say that it’s been a diva’s werk out there–Janet!, Missy! Adele! Taylor! Ariana! So, many divas, really, so little time to sort them out until the next chanteuse comes along with a pop music manifesto to own our music hearts, much like Ellie Goulding has done with her hot-to-headphones Delirium set.
A little quirky, a little messy, but all things wrapped up in the sugary sweet music punch of Ms. Goulding, Delirium is a record that works very hard in trying to achieve its pop music foundation, supplying the listener with a shimmering set of stories, serenades and vivacious vocals that we know only Ms. Goulding can truly provide.
While she started out in the music game as more of a “buzzworthy” artist, over the past few years Goulding has become somewhat of a pop anomaly, taking over radio with hits, “Lights,” “Anything Can Happen,” and this year’s 50 Shades of Grey behemoth, “Love Me Like You Do.” Her nasally, yet delightful vocal range (which is incredible live) has the uncanny ability to fit on any genre–indie dance, pop, R&B–and this is something that she knows and clearly, Delirium is her turn to make a big, booming pop album.
Throughout the record, the diva tries her recognizable pipes at pretty much every genre that’s thrown her way, and while the results can feel a bit underwhelming at times, the set certainly plays out with more synths and shimmer than her earlier sets, Lights (2010) and Halycon (2012) , but that’s mostly due to the fact that you learn real quick that this album was intended to be that album for Ms. Ellie.
Now, I’m not going to say Delirium is a good or a bad record, it’s an interesting one at its very best, and perhaps that’s the best part of it all. It’s certainly the one factor that will keep the Ellie Goulding train moving along for quite some time.
Dive into Philly Mixtape‘s Track by Track Truth of Ellie Goulding’s Delirium below.
A haunting pop intro at its very Enigma-est
With its disco-meets-Middle Eastern influences, this track sets the oh, so interesting tone for the entire album.
“Someting in The Way You Move”
While it sounds like it could’ve been lifted from Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion set, Ms. Goulding somehow makes it all werk
“Keep On Dancin'”
If you’re a Major Lazer fan, you’ll dive headphones first right into this one.
“On My Mind”
One of the best pop singles of the year. Headphones down. Go on, Mr. Martin.
Sounds like a track that Meghan Trainor could do for her next set. Eh….
All wrapped up in big, booming synths.
“Holding On For Life”
Ms. Goulding with a side of light gospel? Yes, please.
“Love Me Like You Do”
“Don’t Need Nobody”
A gritty, krunked up album highlight.
Forgettable. Just press play on “Don’t Need Nobody” again. They’re pretty much the same song.
“We Can’t Move To This”
Either you’ll love or hate this one. No further discussion.
Time to slow it down…just a bit, of course…this is an Ellie Goulding record.
“Lost And Found”
With its light Fleetwood Mac influence, this track’s a whirling, wistful album highlight.
The deepest groove of the whole album, would’ve better well suited for Adam Lambert.
“Scream It Out”
Not so miuch a scream, but a delightful glide into the Delirium sunset.