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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.

Top Track

Starry Eyed
Handle bars, and then I let go, let go for anyone Take me in, and throw out my heart and get a new one Next thing we're touching You look at me it's... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. Uncut
    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. 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. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  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. Expand
  2. Mar 27, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Best debut album of all time. Ellie Goulding claims to be the indie queen of her time. Expand
  3. Nov 21, 2010
    10
    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!
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  4. Nov 22, 2021
    10
    This debut by Ellie Goulding is amazing, here voice is great and unique and I love her lyrics too
  5. Jun 6, 2012
    8
    A Very Nice Album!
    Great Debut
  6. Sep 5, 2021
    8
    One of the best 2010's pop albums, This album contains so many pop bops, for me, this is the best Ellie Goulding album ever.
  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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