Ellie Goulding - Halcyon
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2012 Ratings: #478 / 958
User Score
Based on 162 ratings
2012 Ratings: #177
October 9, 2012 / Release Date
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Polydor / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

82
Paste

It’s a deeper, more satisfying experience, with emotional substance that Lights so sorely lacked.

70
Consequence of Sound

In today’s era of pop, where computers find the soul for winning contestants, it’s hard to scoff at Goulding, whose sole problem on her record is being too emotionally redundant. 

70
PopMatters

On Halcyon Goulding amplifies her music genealogy, both who she is and who she’s been, in what is an often successful attempt to transition to iconic stardom. 

50
NME

‘Halcyon’ sees Goulding’s quirky-as-usual vocals lazily spliced into factory-standard chart dance.

thegeecyproject
78
Halcyon pushes further into a poppier direction from the indie-pop of Lights. Tracks like “Figure 8” and Ellie’s cover of Active Child’s “Hanging On” feature dubstep-inspired production, which is tastefully implemented and therefore has aged better than most other dubstep-infused pop songs from around the same time (“I Knew You Were Trouble”, anyone?). No doubt, her collaboration with Skrillex (“Summit”) had a big influence on the ... read more
100
I'd regret giving her anything less. I swear she has a gift at covering songs and making her own songs either emotional or just flat out cool. My Blood is by far the song that stood out the most in this album and deserved some award recognition.
manasbhandari
60
Catchy hooks. Decent record.
PMM
78
I really love this album, it's not as typical as others. Mysterious, well-crafted, deeply reflective, dar, sad but also happy. Ellie Goulding has a very distinctive voice but I love it here just aas much as lyrical content. This is her magnum opus.
JotaBrasil
66
Ouvir o segundo trabalho da britânica de Ellie Goulding é uma montanha-russa de altos e baixos que ao final você sentirá que o mundo está rodando, suas pernas estão formigando e sua boca está seca. E tudo isso pode ser bom ou muito ruim.

Halcyon é uma obra autoral. Isso é bom. Halcyon é um trabalho extremamente pessoal. Isso não é tão bom. Goulding é uma compositora ótima que tem ideias ... read more
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Track List

  1. Don't Say a Word
  2. My Blood
  3. Anything Could Happen 
  4. Only You
  5. Figure 8
  6. JOY
  7. Hanging On (featuring Tinie Tempah)
  8. Explosions
  9. I Know You Care
  10. Dead in the Water
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Added on: September 5, 2012