Review: Ellie Goulding's 'Delirium' polished, not memorable

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Posted: Nov 06, 2015 12:40 PM
Review: Ellie Goulding's 'Delirium' polished, not memorable

Ellie Goulding, "Delirium" (Interscope Records)

It's got lots of beats and it would probably be near-impossible NOT to dance to it.

With "Delirium," her third album, British singer Ellie Goulding has put together what's essentially a playlist of singles destined for frequent repeat on the radio and in the clubs, all with catchy rhythms and her "this can only be Ellie Goulding singing" distinctive vocal style.

She's pulled out the big guns, working with big-name producers like Max Martin, and has already announced a world tour for the album. It will likely be a high-energy event — there aren't any ballads as such in the 16 tracks.

Overall, "Delirium" is a polished effort, if not a particularly memorable one. It includes "Love Me Like You Do," her smash hit from the "Fifty Shades of Gray" movie as well as the single currently getting airplay, "On My Mind." Other highlights are "Keep On Dancin'" and "Don't Need Nobody."

It gets repetitive, dance track after dance track, and lyrically it's fairly bland — Love! Attraction! Ooh! — but if you're looking for something that will get you to move, this will do it.