Lights

Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 50
    The result is that most of what makes Goulding's work appealing, such as her voice and instrumentation, is lost underneath generic synthesizers that turn these songs into standard pop fare.
  2. You certainly don't reject it outright though, not immediately, as almost every song at least knows the function of a chorus and everything has a glittery and palatable radiance, but such anodyne, airbrushed electro-pop leaves you searching for the magic ingredients.
  3. 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.
  4. Starry-eyed debut hits more often than misses.
  5. Mojo
    40
    Lights does have its moments: the strident "Uner The Sheets" and the odd sounds of the Frankmusik-produced "Wish I stayed" stand Out. But when they're placed next to the overwrought, cliched ballad "The Writer" or the dodgy Europop of "I'll Hold My Breath" it adds up to a rather bland listen. [Apr 2010, p.92]
  6. Unfairly or otherwise, Lights will be consumed by many with the weight of expectation hanging heavy around it. For the most part, the strength of the songwriting should keep the doubters at bay.
  7. It's an impressive attempt to drag folk music out of the hayloft and onto the dancefloor and it marks the emergence of a smart, sincere and talented new pop star.
  8. It seems that six of the ten tracks are great collaborations, and the other four are not. As a result, Lights sounds incomplete and inconsistent, and doesn't work as a whole.
  9. Mar 8, 2011
    60
    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.
  10. There's no getting around the fact that Goulding's appeal is aimed squarely at the middle of the road.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 133 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Apr 27, 2012
    10
    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.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. Full Review »
  2. Sep 5, 2016
    7
    Overall this album works. As debuts go it creates a modern folktronica sound infused with her beautiful wispy vocals and a pop aesthetic.Overall this album works. As debuts go it creates a modern folktronica sound infused with her beautiful wispy vocals and a pop aesthetic. Download: Under The Sheets, Starry Eyed, Lights. Full Review »
  3. Nov 10, 2015
    8
    Esse álbum possuí uma produção maravilhosa como Guns And Horses, Starry Eyed, Under The Sheets e Salt Skin se algumas faixas fossem trocadasEsse álbum possuí uma produção maravilhosa como Guns And Horses, Starry Eyed, Under The Sheets e Salt Skin se algumas faixas fossem trocadas pelas as do BG ficaria melhor como Lights e Human, sem duvida é um álbum maravilhoso as músicas combinam com a voz dela diferente e possuí uma produção variada, espero que ela volte a fazer músicas assim. Full Review »