Ellie Goulding - Delirium
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2015 Ratings: #667 / 770
User Score
Based on 148 ratings
2015 Ratings: #457
November 6, 2015 / Release Date
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Polydor / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

It's the unexpectedly appealing combination of Goulding's distinctive voice and the melismatic R&B bent of the songs on Delirium that makes for such an ecstatic listen.

80
Time Out London

If this mostly very impressive album doesn’t make Ellie Goulding a top-tier star, it won’t be for a lack of decent tunes.

72
Pitchfork

Delirium grounds Ellie Goulding’s penchant for spectacle in tightly-written pop songs. Her evocative storytelling and ability to craft great dance music is all here, but repackaged as something more emotionally tangible, ditching feel-good EDM lyrical logic for realness.

70
Spin

With the release of third LP, Delirium, a self-confessed “big pop album,” Ellie’s coming into the proverbial net, low on ballads and armed with 16 bangers to pelt at fans and peers alike.

70
The Line of Best Fit

It retains a surprising amount of individuality for an album almost certainly destined for the top of the charts. And, though it might well feel a little samey in it's early stages, the final half more than makes up for it.

70
Rolling Stone

The songwriting on Delirium doesn't always feel worthy of her ambitions, but Goulding is technically peerless and versatile, maintaining her power and flare throughout and crushing every glassy jam she's put in front of.

70
PopMatters

A Goulding vocal over dance beats is immediately recognizable, and the songs on Delirium have so much repetition with the sonic and lyric lines that they get into your head immediately.

70
Under The Radar

As a whole, the collection is ideal for a Friday or Saturday night out.

67
Entertainment Weekly

Delirium isn’t bad by any means ... But the album also fails to elevate Goulding to her desired plateau, ultimately making it a narrow and sometimes frustrating miss.

60
NME

There's something disappointing about this, however undeniable the quality of material.

60
The Guardian

You could imagine virtually everything here on Radio 1, but too much sounds like the stuff you hear on Radio 1 and then struggle to remember a thing about the second it’s over.

60
musicOMH

Although there’s arguably not a lot of depth to the songs, which mostly revolve around relationship struggles, the only real fault with Delirium – tediously sexualised cover art aside – is nothing a little pruning wouldn’t put right.

60
Drowned in Sound

It doesn’t have the natural charm of 1984, the coherent authorship of Beyonce’s self-titled record, or the raw emotional relatability of 25. In 2015, simply loading a collection with massive singles doesn’t go the full distance anymore.

50
Consequence of Sound

The 28-year-old Brit could very well score a few major hits with the material presented here, but Delirium is less likely to define her personal brand or carve out a niche in a field already dominated by gigantic, stadium-sized personalities.

20
Clash

If you like listening to fey exhaling over the same uninspiring backing track 16 times in a row, then you're in luck, but for the rest of us, it's a largely fruitless exercise.

rebeligado
86
Intro (Delirium) 70
Aftertaste 85
Something In the Way You Move 100
Keep On Dancin' 80
On My Mind 10
Around U 85
Codes 100
Holding On For Life 75
Love Me Like You Do 100
Don't Need Nobody 90
Don't Panic 90
We Can't Move To This 90
Army 100
Lost and Found 100
Devotion 70
Scream It Out 70
The Greatest 75
I Do What I Love 85
Paradise 80
Winner 85
Heal 100
Outside 80

Best Songs: Codes, Lost And Found, Heal and Army
80
I love this album for trying something different and nailing it so well, and doing what she wanted to do and not what the fans wanted her to do. Well written and new sounds she played with and made them exciting and sometimes dramaticly beautiful.
RandyXXX8
76
Delirium is aqulete typical album that explores the potential of its singer, Ellie shows that do not like to rule out tracks, and that's good, why has tracks that were to deluxe version that is wonderful (Let It Die) best song on the album to have an indie folk sound means and is that band who generally dismiss singers, but not Ellie and I appreciate it.
76fex
14
97% water
estenaosoueu
42
I want dark pop Ellie back.
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Track List

  1. Intro (Delirium)
  2. Aftertaste
  3. Something In the Way You Move
  4. Keep On Dancin'
  5. On My Mind
  6. Around U
  7. Codes
  8. Holding On For Life
  9. Love Me Like You Do
  10. Don't Need Nobody
  11. Don't Panic
  12. We Can't Move To This
  13. Army
  14. Lost and Found
  15. Devotion
  16. Scream It Out
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