Ellie Goulding's sophomore album, Halcyon, is an interesting album to listen to. Her music style is categorized as electropop or synthpop. The standard edition of her new album contains 13 songs and is about 47 minutes in length. Halcyon reached number 2 on the UK Albums Chart. Her upbeat melodies and touching bass tabs craft her music appealing to a wide range of audiences. Ellie Goulding’s producers Jim Eliot, Calvin Harris, Justin Parker, Mike Spencer, Starsmith and Monsta take advantage of her vocal talent in several of the songs, but also isn't afraid to make use of the auto-tuner on some songs. I believe this adds to the dynamic range which makes her songs so listenable. Her songs normally utilize heavy syncopation and an acoustic rhythm piano. It's not that this has never been tried before, but "Halcyon" is the latest and successful effort at such a concept I've heard. Often the current technology is criticized for being used to cover for lack of vocal ability, but when it's utilized creatively in conjunction with real talent, the results can be great.
The album opens with a memorable, lilting voice-song "Don't Say A Word" and goes from upbeat numbers such as "Anything Could Happen", "Only You", "Figure 8", "I Need Your Love" and "Lights" to mid-tempo ballads such as "My Blood", "Halcyon", "Joy", "Hanging On", "Explosions", "I Know You Care", "Atlantis" and "Dead In The Water".
There are a lot of gems on this album and no doubt people will love her new material. She has kept herself fresh in the music scene, and if this album is any indication of her future it is looking bright.