I’ll start off by saying that I’m a sucker for pop. I know many elitist music fans would prefer the demise of pop citing it to be uninventive and artists being cookie cutter. To an extent I understand where they’re coming from. Many of the popular songs released could be sung by any artist with a decent voice and the right marketing and be successful. Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself” comes to mind. It’s run of the mill and there is nothing there that makes her as an artist unique and though the song is massively popular it isn’t because of her, she’s merely a vessel. I’m not saying this to be mean, it’s just the truth. With that in mind I think it makes it that much better when a pop artist can rise above that, whether it be because of their unique style or unparalleled vocals and created something that transcends the highly criticized genre. Ellie Goulding is one of those artists. Though her vocals aren't overpowering, there is truly no other voice like hers. Add in her penchant for unorthodox hooks and you’ve got yourself a bonafide superstar.
You don’t need me to tell you why she appeals, you already listen to her. Her new album is good but not great. 2012’s Halcyon provided us with uniqueness both vocally and musically but also gave us a common theme and the different moods that can surround it. Unfortunately on Delirium she falls prey to the compilation of singles approach. While it’s flow isn’t rocky it definitely isn’t smooth. There is plenty to play with here, especially with the 23 track deluxe version but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed. There are a handful of tracks I really liked though, my favorite being “I Do What I Love” which sounds like it could be a sequel to Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls)”. Other notables are “Aftertaste”, “Around U”, “Holding On For Life”, “Army”, and finally “Devotion”.