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Music Video: Ellie Goulding – The Writer

‘Starry Eyed’ star Ellie Goulding is back once again with a new video. The music video is for her new single, ‘The Writer’ which is set to be released August 6th in her home country, the UK.

I actually expected more from this video. It is cutesy, ethereal-like but should’ve been lovely if she had a love interest or something. Maybe because of budget issues that’s why. Anyway, I still love this track to bits and it’s one of the bests in her debut LP. Brilliant.

*credit to samm on Twitter for making the cover art.

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Album Review: Diana Vickers – Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree

The near 2 years that Diana Vickers disappeared from the media public created a doubt, whether she would be actually venturing in the pop music world. Well, a lot of things happened really.  Eoghan flopped and was dropped from his label (*chuckles*), JLS soared with two number 1 singles and Burkey’s career was on a so-so since ‘Bad Boys’ topped the singles charts and her album went #1. The big question was, how in the world the Blackburn teenager will present herself in the entertainment world? Her debut single, ‘Once’ became a proof of a warm welcome as it soared to #1 in the UK singles charts just this Sunday. Now the question is, will her debut offering, ‘Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree’ pay off and sell like hotcakes? That’s a question we’ll have to figure out soon.

D.Vix as I like to call her, obviously had something up in her sleeves as her debut LP sports massive production and song-writing collaborations. From Ellie Goulding to Guy Sigsworth – it’s an album full of surprises as we hear the Blackburn singer’s initial offering which led almost 2 years in the making. And if you’re wondering if the album is great, Yes. It’s verging on greatness.

The LP opened with the current single ‘Once’ which is a rock-driven pop song that celebrates Vickers’ appeal to be something relevant yet still unique. She obviously can take down that lane where Girls Aloud or the Sugababes went but she decides to give ‘Once’ that feeling yet still sound like her. Surprisingly, as we all have thought – her album might go into the alternative, mellow-pop lane she’d showered us during her X Factor days but during the course of the LP, Vickers’ delivered slick, massively pop sounding tracks that captures her relevance as a teenager yet being an artist of her own.

Vickers’ tries to be as relevant as she possibly can with tunes like ‘Remake Me & You’, ‘The Boy Who Murdered Love’, ‘My Hip’ and ‘Hit’ which are all posing influences from sounds of the 80’s and 90’s. The upbeat numbers never failed to imply what Vickers wanted to be perceived. These tracks are absolutely in line as potential singles and can in a jiffy give her a ‘national treasure’ status as the Brits call it.

With Vickers pulling off the pop/rock genre, there’s no doubt this lass can bring home the bacon with the melodramatic pop she can offer. ‘Four Leaf Clover’, the tear-jerker track that was outshined by the acoustic version she performed in her single’s EP, ‘N.U.M.B’ which carries a strong emotion through its piano-driven undercurrents as a wistful track about being empty and ‘Notice’ which puts her quirkiness aside and depicts Vickers as a girl who wants to be loved by a man.

Although throughout the course of the debut Vickers went from a strong start to a stronger middle but of course nothing’s quite perfect as she saved the weakest tracks for last. The album ended in a not so much interesting note with ‘Chasing You’ which is a bit off-key from the other tracks of the LP. In the end, Diana obviously had placed much of her effort in her first album – it’s sort of an introductory piece she wanted us to taste as she possesses a ginormous amount of sheer potential as an artist which only a few pop singers of her age has.

RELEASED: May 3, 2010 (UK), April 30, 2010 (Ireland)
LABEL: RCA Music UK
DOWNLOAD THIS: ‘Once’, ‘The Boy Who Murdered Love’, ‘Four Leaf Clover’, ‘N.U.M.B’

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Ellie Goulding reveals ‘Guns and Horses’ single cover

Seriously, is Ellie the most gorgeous blonde in British music today? Absobloodylutely. Sadly, the ‘Under The Sheets’ cover is still a big FAIL for me. Love the glitters – as always.

The single is released in the United Kingdom on the 17th of May. If you haven’t seen the music video yet, you can do so by checking it out here.

Buy the track on :Ellie Goulding - Lights - Guns and Horses

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Music Video: Ellie Goulding – Guns and Horses

Alas. It’s the new video for Ellie Goulding’s new single, ‘Guns and Horses’. The single is off from Ellie’s debut album, ‘Lights’. The single is released May 17th. It’s probably Ellie’s best video yet although I’m not sure if this is the best single choice still. Maybe I’ll change my mind when I make the single review for the track. Anyway, enjoy the video while it lasts.

PURCHASE THE TRACK HERE:Ellie Goulding - Lights - Guns and Horses

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Album Review: Ellie Goulding – Lights

Oh lord. As soon as I saw this, I almost fainted on the floor. You know how much I adored Elena Jane Goulding (aka Ellie Goulding) right? This review might be considered bias as by some but this really is what I thought about Ellie Goulding’s debut album.

It seems that Ellie really holds a lot of pressure as of the moment. After winning the Critic’s Choice Award at the Brit Awards early December and ranking first on the BBC sound of 2010 poll. It doesn’t deny that we are all expecting loads of things from this Herefordshire bred English singer. Will ‘Lights’, her debut album live up to those expectations or will she come short in providing us an album that will ultimately set the bar high as the best album for this year? That we’ll have to find out soon.

With the help of British music producer, Starsmith, Ellie steps up to her game to provide us with a 37-minute 10-track LP that will serve her penultimate impression to people who’d love or hate her music in the near future. ‘Lights’ opens up with ‘Guns and Horses’, which surfaced the internet as an acoustic number. ‘Guns and Horses’ doesn’t disappoint with the synths and the drum paced rhythm incorporated with mythical xylophone undercurrents and a majestic chorus that Ellie announces ‘But I wish I could feel it all for you. I wish I could be in it all for you’ – sounds a bit heroic right? Ellie’s queer vocals stuns us in this powerful opener – which isn’t actually the best part if you may ask.

Second track from the LP is the current single, ‘Starry Eyed’ which she announces as a dance anthem. Ellie’s celestial vocals didn’t disappoint once again as she delivers an astounding pop/dance number. Its radio friendly and very current and it is starting to be favoured as the best moment of the LP.

The ‘Folktronica’ genre that she was trying to popularise isn’t quite that evident in the album as it is mostly filled with synth-laden, almost dancy indulgent pop tunes. Don’t get me wrong, these are ace songs but doesn’t really live up to the utmost expectations we’re trying to get from her. ‘This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)’, ‘I’ll Hold My Breath’ are quite just average in terms of likability and originality but nonetheless, they’re both good.

‘Under The Sheets’ on the other hand was supposed to be a real introduction to Miss Goulding’s character and ability – it kind of did justice by giving us a heavy, heart-warming synth extravaganza that keys in as aggressiveness, fast-paced dance track.

One of the most promising tracks in the album is the beautifully written ‘The Writer’. Ellie pours her heart out as she sings about trying to make the most out of a failing relationship as she sings, ‘Why don’t you be the artist that makes me out of clay, why won’t you be the writer and design the words I say’. It sounds melancholic but beautiful.

‘Your Biggest Mistake’ is another disappointment in terms of finding artistry within Ellie. Having said that, the beat mades up for the lack of personality in it. Being produced by Fraser Smith, it chases to the likes of what Taio Cruz might sing.

The last two tracks on the album, ‘I’ll Hold My Breathe’ and ‘Salt Skin’ doesn’t do much recovery from the loss the album presented earlier. The two songs have definitely separate identities from each other but both suggest a not so good ending for the album. They’re not really memorable in terms of melody but somewhere lurking in the lyrics are streams of emotions Ellie tries to sing for us to embody her purpose.

Artistically, Ellie somehow failed to bring her true potential in most of the album tracks of ‘Lights’. Although lyrically, it presented something otherwise – exceptional songwriting that needs a little bit of makeover to be presented as something magnificent, extravagant and really opinion depolarising. It kind of settles in between Amazing and Good.


RELEASED: March 1, 2010

STAND-OUT TRACKS: ‘Starry Eyed’, ‘Guns and Horses’, ‘The Writer’, ‘Under The Sheets’, ‘Your Biggest Mistake’

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