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British chanteuse Ellie Goulding returns with her highly anticipated third studio album, 2015's expertly produced Delirium. Goulding's previous effort, 2012's Halcyon, was a hypnotically ambient, lightly experimental album that balanced catchy pop hooks with textural electronic soundscapes. While Delirium isn't devoid of this electronic atmosphere, it's somewhat more mainstream in its tone, and finds Goulding expanding her sonic palette with a melodically catchy set of more R&B-infused songs. Helping Goulding to achieve this are a handful of uber-pop producer/songwriters, including Sweden's Max Martin (Britney Spears, Taylor Swift) and Carl Falk (One Direction, Nicki Minaj), Savan Kotecha (Ariana Grande, One Direction), Greg Kurstin (Sia, P!nk), and others. Halcyon also benefited from a similarly collaborative approach, but Delirium feels less distinctly personal, bigger in scope, and brimming with a pressurized commercial energy. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Whereas Halcyon may have required several listens to grow on you, Delirium grabs you with immediately hooky, danceable tracks like "Something in the Way You Move," "Keep on Dancin'," and "Don't Need Nobody." Some of the more R&B-leaning cuts like the Police-meets-Rihanna single "On My Mind" seem at first like an odd fit for Goulding's highly resonant, throaty chirp of a voice. That said, Goulding's voice has always fit well in the contemporary pop landscape and even when you get the sense that she's trying on someone else's sound, as in the CeeLo-esque "Around U" and the swoon-worthy "Codes" with its '90s Brandy-meets-M83 vibe, the sheer craftsmanship of the material alone keeps you listening. There are also enough passionately heartfelt EDM anthems, like the effusive "Army" and bubbly, Ibiza-ready "Devotion," to please longtime Goulding fans. Ultimately, 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2015
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602547587152
catalogNumber: 002410502
Rank: 69374

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ellie Goulding   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Greg Kurstin   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Max Martin   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Janet Ramus   Choir, Chorus
Peter Svensson   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Everton Nelson   Violin
Ian Burdge   Cello
Klas Åhlund   Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards
Bob Knight   Strings
Chris Worsey   Cello
Joakim Berg   Acoustic Guitar
Richard George   Violin
Mattias Johansson   Violin
Reiad Chibah   Viola
Ryan Tedder   Guitar,Background Vocals
Emma Owens   Viola
Mattias Bylund   Strings
Savan Kotecha   Background Vocals
Rickard Goransson   Background Vocals
Sarah Tuke   Violin
Ali Payami   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jim Eliot   Synthesizer,Guitar
Emil Chakalov   Violin
Max Baillie   Viola
Sam Holland   Background Vocals
Martin Sköld   Bass Guitar
Carl Falk   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Hayley Sanderson   Choir, Chorus
Oscar Görres   Background Vocals
Mattias Larsson   Background Vocals
Annabel Williams   Choir, Chorus
Oliver Langford   Violin
Simone Daley-Richards   Choir, Chorus
Dawn Joseph   Choir, Chorus
Bobbie Gordon   Choir, Chorus
Cory Bice   Background Vocals
Oscar Holter   Background Vocals
Rob Knight   Strings
David Bukovinszky   Cello
Ilya Salmanzadeh   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Kristoffer Fogelmark   Background Vocals
Robin Fredriksson   Background Vocals
Laleh Pourkarim   Background Vocals
Peter Carlsson   Background Vocals
Ludvig Söderberg   Background Vocals
Struts   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Chris Ketley   Strings
Joe Kearns   Strings,Keyboards
Fred Gibson   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Jeremy Lertola   Background Vocals
Emmanuel Franklyn Adelabu   Drums
David Bukovinsky   Cello
Doris Sandberg   Background Vocals
Benjy Gibson   Drums
Silke Lorenzen   Background Vocals
Richard Pryee   Double Bass
Lloyds Wade   Choir, Chorus
Joshua Hayes   Choir, Chorus
Jenny Schwartz   Violin,Background Vocals
Wolf Cousin Royal Choir   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Greg Kurstin   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer,Additional Production
Maureen McDonald   Composer
Max Martin   Composer,Programming,Producer
Peter Svensson   Composer,Programming,Producer
Kristian Lundin   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer,Vocal Editing,Additional Production
Noel Zancanella   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Klas Åhlund   Composer,Programming,Producer
Bob Knight   Choir Arrangement
Joakim Berg   Composer
Nicole Morier   Composer
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Anders Kjær   Additional Production
Mattias Bylund   Engineer,String Arrangements
Rob Katz   Engineer
Alex Gibson   Composer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Alex Pasco   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Ali Payami   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jim Eliot   Composer,Vocal Producer
Ellie Goulding   Composer,Creative Art
Jason Elliott   Engineer
Noah Passovoy   Engineer
Sam Holland   Engineer
Stephen Wrabel   Composer
Carl Falk   Composer,Programming,Producer
Liam Nolan   Vocal Engineer
Cassandra Gracey   Creative Art
Ilya Salmanzadeh   Composer,Programming,Producer
Laleh Pourkarim   Composer,Vocal Engineer
Peter Carlsson   Vocal Editing
Jakob Jerlström   Composer
Ludvig Söderberg   Composer
Tove Lo   Composer
Joe Janiak   Composer
Rich Rich   Engineer
Struts   Programming,Producer
Chris Ketley   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement,Choir Production
Julian Burg   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Joe Kearns   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer,Choir Production
Fred Gibson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation,Additional Production
Tristan Landymore   Composer
Synthomania   Additional Production

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