Ellie Goulding - Lights
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2010 Ratings: #683 / 882
User Score
Based on 146 ratings
2010 Ratings: #148
Liked by 8 people
February 26, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
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Overall this album works. As debuts go it creates a modern folktronica sound infused with her beautiful wispy vocals and a pop aesthetic. Download: Under The Sheets, Starry Eyed, Lights.
How the hell are you gonna call your album “Lights” and not have the song “Lights” on it?

On a serious note, Ellie Goulding’s debut does a good job of balancing bubbly electro-pop (which may feel a little dated at points, but never actively makes the songs any worse) and twinkling synths with folk elements. A fitting setting for her breathy vocal style.

Highlights: Starry Eyed, The Writer, Wish I Stayed, Your Biggest Mistake, Salt Skin
Nice start, Ellie! 'Lights' clings with its simplicity, thanks to which it sounds very cute.
Overall opinion: Solid
Guns and Horses - 64/100
Starry Eyed - 73/100
This Love (Will Be Your Downfall) - 70/100
Under the Sheets - 70/100
The Writer - 72/100
Every Time You Go - 68/100
Wish I Stayed - 67/100
Your Biggest Mistake - 73/100
I'll Hold My Breath - 63/100
Salt Skin - 74/100

1. Guns and Horses: 7/10
2. Starry Eyed: 7/10
3. This Love (Will Be Your Downfall): 7/10
4. Under the Sheets: 7.5/10
5. The Writer: 7/10
6. Every Time You Go: 7/10
7. Wish I Stayed: 7/10
8. Your Biggest Mistake: 7.5/10
9. I'll Hold My Breath: 7/10
10. Salt Skin: 7/10

Média: 7
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Track List

  1. Guns and Horses
  2. Starry Eyed
  3. This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)
  4. Under the Sheets
  5. The Writer
  6. Every Time You Go
  7. Wish I Stayed
  8. Your Biggest Mistake
  9. I'll Hold My Breath
  10. Salt Skin 
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