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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the British pop singer features production from Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, Ilya Salmanzadeh, and Ryan Tedder.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Q Magazine
    Dec 14, 2015
    80
    It's only on lightweight tracks Army and Devotions that Delirium drags. [Jan 2016, p.107]
  2. Nov 9, 2015
    80
    Ultimately, it's the unexpectedly appealing combination of Goulding's distinctive voice and the melismatic R&B bent of the songs on Delirium that makes for such an ecstatic listen.
  3. 80
    You could argue some of what made her unique has been ironed out, but there are too many singalong moments here to really notice.
  4. Nov 4, 2015
    70
    Finally, she’s embracing the responsibility to provide stone-cold tunes without pretense.
  5. 70
    It retains a surprising amount of individuality for an album almost certainly destined for the top of the charts. And, though it might well feel a little samey in it's early stages, the final half more than makes up for it.
  6. 67
    All these songs sound good enough, but the head rush promised by the title never quite arrives.
  7. Nov 4, 2015
    20
    The main problem with this is that her voice is too wispy to hold its own versus the maximalist rave-pop of the day.... On top of this, Delirium just hasn't got the songs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 127
  2. Negative: 16 out of 127
  1. Nov 6, 2015
    10
    She said she has deliberately made a much more pop album, but the album sounds like a great exercise of commerciality and quality in the wayShe said she has deliberately made a much more pop album, but the album sounds like a great exercise of commerciality and quality in the way a grown up would do it, without pretentions and delivering the best results. Great album. Expand
  2. Nov 9, 2015
    10
    For me this is her best album so far, is ful of songs that don't sound generic, each song have something special, and i know that it's herFor me this is her best album so far, is ful of songs that don't sound generic, each song have something special, and i know that it's her most pop album, but idc she is having fun! Expand
  3. Mar 3, 2018
    10
    Ellie Goulding is so talented. The best song of the album are:
    Something In The Way You Move
    On My Mind Holding On For Life Love Me Like
    Ellie Goulding is so talented. The best song of the album are:
    Something In The Way You Move
    On My Mind
    Holding On For Life
    Love Me Like You Do
    Don´t Panic
    We Can´t Move To This
    Army
    Lost And Found
    The Greatest
    Winner
    Outside
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  4. Nov 6, 2015
    10
    Delirium is just soooo perfect! I have no words to describe how good it is! It was totally worth the wait!! I've been listening to it over andDelirium is just soooo perfect! I have no words to describe how good it is! It was totally worth the wait!! I've been listening to it over and over since it came out and every time I listen I'm more certain that it's beyond amazing Expand
  5. Nov 6, 2015
    8
    While this album is the most commercially friendly that Ellie has put out, it certainly does not mean that it is a bad album. Now, from aWhile this album is the most commercially friendly that Ellie has put out, it certainly does not mean that it is a bad album. Now, from a personal stand-point, I do find it to be a bit monotonous, in the way that the melodies are all very upbeat and positive - it gets a bit tiring after a while, and especially with such a long album (25 tracks with all bonus tracks included). But this album is a good album, but especially so because it shows that Ellie is happy. Should we, her fans, only be happy if she is unhappy and writing songs that display emotions as such? I don't believe that we should limit her creativity in such a way - if she is happy and wants to write songs about being so, then that should be exactly what her focus is. And that is clear to see on this album. While, this album does lack a bit of the strange and uniqueness that her first two were abundant in, it still is a quality album. Sure, is there a whole lot of thinking that needs to happen in order to understand what is going on in the songs? Not really. Does it take a lot of effort to enjoy the music, lyrically that is? Not so much. But it's a fun, dance-pop album that is good for this time of year when people tend to be less happy. Overall, I would say that this album is one that shows Ellie is in a good place, and that's really what matters, isn't it?

    Tracks to pay attention to: Codes, Don't Need Nobody, Army, Lost And Found, Scream It Out, Heal, Two Years Ago
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  6. Nov 29, 2015
    7
    Delirium is a mix of great songs. The production is good. The bad thing? Almost every song focuses on production rather than Ellie's beautifulDelirium is a mix of great songs. The production is good. The bad thing? Almost every song focuses on production rather than Ellie's beautiful and unique voice. I think the album is overproduced and lacks of instant hits like her previous albums. Almost every song is good, but not amazing nor unique. You can tell Max Martin produced a big bunch on the album and it sounds similar to 1989 from Taylor Swift. There's not hits like "lights" "anything could happen" or "burn" here or something that memorable. I still enjoy listening to the album and i think this effort is cohesive but definitely not her best. Expand
  7. Jan 28, 2016
    0
    this album have a greatest mistake
    ellie, you're not talent, your vocals is like a ****
    back to the past and fix it ellie goulding, please
    this album have a greatest mistake
    ellie, you're not talent, your vocals is like a ****
    back to the past and fix it ellie goulding, please
    the world dont need you
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