Delirium is the third studio album by UK singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding, which is a follow-up to her worldwide smash Halcyon Days. Delirium was released November 6th, 2015 on Polydor records. Goulding stated that the sound of the album is more pop-oriented than her previous releases. In a recent interview, Goulding said, “A part of me views this album as an experiment, to make a big pop album. I made a conscious decision that I wanted it to be on another level”.
The first single off the album entitled “On My Mind” was released on the 17th of September, and received positive reviews as the single charted as high as number 19 on the billboard 100. The single was produced by legendary pop hitmaker Max Martin. The standard edition of the album includes Goulding’s global hit “Love Me Like You Do”, which was originally released as a single from the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack. The deluxe edition comes with the global smash “Outside” which see’s her team up once again with popular DJ Calvin Harris, and these two have previously dominated the charts when they have worked together.
So far “Delirium” has received a mixture of positive reviews and Metacritic with a rating out of 100, gave it a score of 62. With this album, Ellie moves away from her original sound of Electro-pop and moves into the main stream pop where she will now compete with the likes of Katy Perry and Britney Spears. The dramatic change between “Delirium” and its predecessors, Lights and Halcyon Days is illuminated by Goulding’s choice of musical partners. She has enlisted some big names in the pop genre from Max Martin to Ryan Tedder and musician Greg Kurstin who is credited with writing Adele’s hit “Hello”.
In this album, Goulding gets a lot more personal, with her track “Around U” depicting her relationship with boyfriend Doug Poynter the lead bassist for boyband Mcbusted. But Amidst all the ballads and pop anthems there are still hints of character that fueled the succession for Halcyon Days.
For me there’s still something disappointing about this album, however, you can’t deny the quality of the material. She enlisted all the right help with producers and songwriters to make this album a chart topper. But what got Goulding into the spotlight to begin with was her unique sound and blend of pop music with EDM. Although hints of that still exist on “Delirium”, it’s still so far from the old Ellie we all loved.
Rating 3.5 out of 5
“Delirium” tracklisting and credits:
- Intro (Ellie Goulding)
- Aftertaste (Goulding/Greg Kurstin)
- Something In the Way You Move (Goulding/Kurstin)
- Keep On Dancin’ (Goulding/Ryan Tedder)
- On My Mind (Goulding/Max Martin)
- Around U (Goulding/Kurstin/Fred Gibson)
- Codes (Goulding/Max Martin/
- Holding On For Life (Kurstin/Goulding)
- Love Me Like You Do (Max Martin/Payami)
- Don’t Need Nobody (Goulding/Martin/The Struts/Ludvig Soderberg)
- Don’t Panic (Goulding/Kurstin)
- We Can’t Move To This (Goulding/Fred Gibson/Alex Gibson)
- Army (Goulding/Martin)
- Lost and Found (Goulding/Martin)
- Devotion (Goulding/Martin/Payami)
- Scream It Out (Goulding/Jim Eliot)
- The Greatest (Goulding/Jim Little)
- I Do What I Love (Goulding/Pourkarmin)
- Paradise (Goulding/Kurstin/Little)
- Winner (Goulding/Pourkarmin)
- Heal (Goulding/Guy Lawrence/James Napier)
- Outside (Goulding/Calvin Harris)