By Adam Schalke
It’s been more than three years since we last heard from Ellie Goulding, the vibrant pop star from across the pond. Remarkably, not much seems to have changed in the pop environment in the time since, other than the EDM and synthpop bubbles that Goulding eagerly stepped into with her last two albums, “Lights” and “Halycon,” have gotten bigger and seemingly more homogenous than ever before.
Perhaps aware of these bubbles, and their imminent popping, Goulding has rolled out her newest and most sonically expansive piece of work yet: “Delirium.”
Fans of the British singer need not be concerned; the synth hooks and percussive elements that made her previous albums such smashes still exist, and her voice is still as stunning as ever before. What makes “Delirium” different than its predecessors is the renewed focus on Goulding’s voice, taking on more of the burden of producing the album’s hooks in place of synthesizers.
The production of the album also suggests a new emphasis on Goulding’s voice, with producer Greg Kurstin (who helped create the latest works of Lily Allen and Tegan & Sara), adding a generous amount of vocal sheen and enhancement to the final mix. The end result is a brilliant, straightforward pop album that doesn’t seem to come around too often anymore.
Ellie Goulding will be coming to Rosemont’s Allstate Arena on May 6, 2016.