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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 255 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 16 out of 255
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  1. Mar 24, 2013
    5
    A Few Good Songs... But Sadly More Bad Than Good! I Feel Like Ellie Gould Do Alot Better! But Still Not A Bad Album...
  2. Sep 25, 2015
    6
    It's good. But it's not so good. It's just "meh, it's good". Some tracks are very overproduced, but Ellie has an unique voice. The lyrics are okay-good and the sound is very good. I'm not an Ellie Goulding fan and this album isn't getting me.
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69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
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  1. Oct 24, 2012
    66
    Goulding can certainly inhabit a soundscape. Her next step is to inhabit just one.
  2. Mojo
    Oct 22, 2012
    60
    There is improvement in the songwriting....But halfway through you might well weary at the album's unrelenting, full-bodied tone. [Nov 2012, p.91]
  3. Q Magazine
    Oct 22, 2012
    80
    Halcyon casts a formidable spell. [Nov 2012, p.96]