Brightest Blue

Ellie Goulding - Brightest Blue
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #590 / 685
User Score
Based on 374 ratings
2020 Ratings: #896
Liked by 17 people
July 17, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
R&B, Pop / Genres
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The Independent
This fourth album displays both Goulding’s boundary-pushing and deep emotions more powerfully than ever before.

Brightest Blue sees Ellie Goulding at her most honest, yet knowing and secure.

The Telegraph

Brightest Blue is an album of sleekly produced, emotional gushing electropop elevated by Goulding’s vocals. When she downplays the contemporary production effects to really emote on old school soul ballad New Heights, it makes you wonder what Goulding might be like if she didn’t feel the need to try so hard.

The Arts Desk

The frequent thrill of the savvy mix that Ellie Goulding surfs cannot be denied.


Brightest Blue's main disc is Goulding's deepest emotional journey yet, a triumph of empowerment and self-discovery.

Spectrum Culture

Brightest Blue, Goulding’s best and most vulnerable work yet, proves that we could never hate or replace her.

The Line of Best Fit

While the final handful of tracks certainly have their appeal, especially when taken on their own individual merit, it’s the first part of Brightest Blue that feels the most rounded, most accomplished. In short, it feels like Ellie Goulding at her most honest, and her most heartfelt.


While EG.0 holds Goulding's mainstream radio hits, it's Brightest Blue that has evolved Ellie Goulding as a songwriter. She's created two distinct spaces on this record, which allows her to continue her musical evolution while simultaneously maintaining her pop throne as pop royalty.


When others thought she had lost her Midas touch to crafting out-of-the-box, otherworldly pop music from back in her heyday, Brightest Blue presents itself to encapsulate everything Ellie is as an artist currently, and the artist she will live on to be.


Continuing the contradictory streak of Goulding’s career, Brightest Blue’s often compelling narrative of self-assurance still ends with an identity crisis.

The Observer
True, her say-what-you-see lyrics are still too pedestrian; seas remain dark and stormy, lines between opposing things are thin. Yet the music often soars. Goulding should trust herself more: she might need more ego, but she doesn’t need EG.0.
The Young Folks
Fans of Goulding will surely enjoy it, but lack of a cohesive sound, misplaced interludes, and tired pop production keep the album from being its best.
Slant Magazine
The soporific set tries in vain to refine Goulding’s sound, slowing tempos and removing sonic affectations to reveal a core of amorous, unmemorable pop anthems.
It sounds like what unseasoned chicken tastes like.
What on God's green planet did they do to you, Ellie?
Delivering two totally different artistic sides in just one album, Ellie Goulding may released one of her best projects yet. Her confidence is so immersive and vividly and the first part of the project showed a side of Ellie that we didn’t know, but we definitely needed.

The production of this album is really impressive. With so many projects that arrive in the music world every week, is hard to sound innovative. But with “Brightest Blue” she did it. Different from her past ... read more
No final, 'Brightest Blue' parece vir lá de '50 Tons de Cinza', com uma duração recorde na carreira de Ellie, já que traz 19 faixas - o que está longe de ser um problema - se não fosse pela pouca variedade dentro do álbum, claro. As músicas seguem o mesmo padrão do início ao fim, tornando a audição um tanto quanto cansativa, coisa que nem as parcerias ou a voz bem encaixada da Ellie conseguem impedir.
I’ve always thought Ellie Goulding had the potential to make a great pop record, as her singles are normally really good, but her projects feature a lot of filler. I was hoping this would be the album, but the second part which increased the running time scared me. And while that part is unnecessary and holds this back from being what it could be, it doesn’t change that this album is a very good pop record.

Brightest Blue isn’t the best pop album of the year or anything, but ... read more
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Track List

  1. Start (feat. serpentwithfeet)
  2. Power
  3. How Deep Is Too Deep
  4. Cyan
  5. Love I'm Given
  6. New Heights
  7. Ode to Myself
  8. Woman
  9. Tides
  10. Wine Drunk
  11. Bleach
  12. Flux
  13. Brightest Blue
  14. Overture
  15. Worry About Me
  16. Slow Grenade (feat. Lauv)
  17. Close to Me
  18. Hate Me
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Added on: May 6, 2020