Lights - Ellie Goulding
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  • Summary: The first full-length album for the British singer-songwriter debuted as number one on the UK album charts. The US version includes three songs not on the UK release.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Mar 14, 2011
    Goulding's crackling voice is capable of affecting a prostrate pose in the midst of the swirl that suggests the latter's folk-tinged vulnerability.
  2. 80
    Lights feels like the product of a distinctive personality, following a peculiar vision rather than ticking genre boxes. [Apr 2010, p.90]
  3. Dec 19, 2011
    Goulding is able to take the best parts of all of her contemporaries' styles and make them her own, coating everything in the breathy flutter of her voice.
  4. Starry-eyed debut hits more often than misses.
  5. Mar 8, 2011
    The results are moody ("Lights"), pretty (the Top Five U.K. hit "Starry Eyed") and uniformly catchy. On first listen, Goulding can sound innocuous: Dido with dancier beats. But there's darkness here. And lots of sex.
  6. Devoid of a true soul or sense of honesty Lights can be a pretty hollow listen. You could argue that away from the aforementioned hype-led anticipation that this album would surprise and charm; yet without the vested interest of big wigs and shareholders Lights might simply not be here.
  7. There's no getting around the fact that Goulding's appeal is aimed squarely at the middle of the road.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Apr 27, 2012
    Ellie Goulding's debut album is strong in it's own way. The lyrics are as charming as her tender voice and the production is also consistent. Strong recommendations for Starry Eyed, The Writer, This Love and Everytime You Go. Expand
  2. Nov 21, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Lights is an amazing pop album...pure, deep and smart with the gentle voice of Ellie
    Great melodies like The Writer and Guns and Horses, the smash Under The Sheets and the sassy Starry Eyed with a real electropop and synthpop (not Gaga)! and a mix of indie pop or folk...very creative!
    Ellie is the new girl who comes to refresh and illuminate the pop scene!
  3. Aug 31, 2011
    Ellie here blends folk and electro-pop so good, it sounds like a new genre but in a good way. Very diverse and the lyrics are very mature and folk-y and strong. Her voice is un-human is a good way! All the songs are strong and fit with each other perfectly. It's rare finding an album where all the tracks are good and has no fillers. One of 2010's best and needs to be discovered in America! Some stand outs are This Love (Will Be Your Downfall), Starry Eyed, Salt Skin, and Wish I Stayed Expand
  4. Mar 18, 2012
    If you're fully accustomed to manufactured Top 40 pop songs, then Ellie Goulding's debut, Lights, is somewhat distinctive but a brilliant album for everyone. Ellie Goulding isn't just a pop singer; her album is proof that pop music isn't limited to vocoders, computers, and boring lyrics; in fact, the songwriting on Lights is prim, proper, and appeals to the daydreamers. Ellie's voice is very raw and one of a kind like Björk's; one that you wouldn't expect to hear on airplay but an acquired listen. I recommend first-time listeners check out the hot singles "The Writer" and "Guns and Horses." Expand
  5. Jul 13, 2012
    Soft, sweet and delightful. This English Debut but Folktronica princess, Ellie Goulding is a real sweet charmer. Complete with techno, swift guitar playing beats and auto-tunic flavour. It was sure to prove a crashing stormer and it did. 'Starry Eyed' Is a catchy favourite & highlights are 'Gun's & Horses,' 'Under the Sheets,' & 'The Writer' Expand
  6. May 23, 2011
    On the first 10 listens Ellie Goulding is exciting, fresh and relaxing. But by the 11th it becomes one boring slog with only a few tracks standing up against her rivals. Expand
  7. Aug 14, 2013
    No. Just no. It's not very impressive when one song ("Lights") is such a huge number one hit, and all the other songs flop. It kind of misleads you...

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