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
    80
    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
    70
    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
    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.
  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: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Mar 6, 2011
    10
    Ellie has a great voice, and is as gd as Adele or Jessie, but has to write more songs about herself, anyway, this is a great album, keep going, Ellie!! Expand
  2. Nov 14, 2011
    10
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  3. Jul 18, 2014
    10
    Surprisingly outstanding, this album manages to find a perfect balance between a classy electro-pop and a well-crafted indie-folk style: one coudn't imagine a more impressive debut album. Expand
  4. Sep 5, 2010
    9
    Lights is truly a beautiful album with many great songs. My favourites are Starry Eyed, Guns And Horses, Under The Sheets and I'll Hold My Breath. If you can, get the albums on iTunes, because this version includes the song Lights, which is a must-have! Expand
  5. Jun 6, 2012
    8
    A Very Nice Album!
    Great Debut
  6. Nov 4, 2012
    7
    Good Album. It's full of catchy melodies, fun rhythms and beats, and Ellie often has an appealing voice in her songs. Her cover of Elton John's "Your Song" seemed out of place for both the album and for Ellie herself. The Live performance of "Starry Eyed" was more up her alley, but also felt misplaced. Nothing stands out lyrically in her songs, as most of it seemed relatively standard. The songs that stand out are "Lights", "Starry Eyed", "Animal", and "Guns and Horses". Definitely give her a listen! Expand
  7. Aug 14, 2013
    2
    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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