Ellie Goulding’s new album leaves fans delirious

Jessica Bursztynsky, IV Leader Associate Editor

British singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding debuted her third studio album “Delirium” on Nov. 6, and has managed to successfully navigate a switch in genres. “Delirium” brings a shift in tone to Goulding’s music, with the blaring pop beats separating herself from her last two EDM and indie-focused albums.

“Delirium” opens with “Intro (Delirium),” a lyric-free instrumental piece that sets the tone for the album, and perfectly flows into the first of many catchy songs, “Aftertaste.”

“Aftertaste” does have the makings of a typical Goulding indie song, yet slowly manages to bring listeners into her new upbeat style.

“On My Mind” is the first single released on “Delirium,” and describes the confusing feelings after a casual hookup. Goulding goes from, “You wanted my heart but I just liked your tattoos” to, “Wait, I could have really liked you / I’ll bet, I’ll bet that’s why I keep on thinking ‘bout you.”

“On My Mind” is simple in its lyrics, but manages to hook listeners into the chorus and rhythm. “On My Mind” has most recently peaked on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart at 18, but has been gaining traction since its release in September.

Goulding also included the single, “Love Me Like You Do,” in “Delirium,” which had originally been written and produced for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” film soundtrack in March 2015.

“Love Me Like You Do” is a slower song from the album, and manages to be one of the most powerful. She escapes from the average pop ballad to let her vocals shine, which suits the romantic lyrics, “Every inch of your skin is a holy grail I’ve got to find / Only you can set my heart on fire.”

“Love Me Like You Do” peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it Goulding’s second highest-rated song, just following her 2012 hit, “Lights.”

A personal favorite on the album is “Keep on Dancin,” in which Goulding introduces fans to her carefree attitude, while successfully producing a techno pop song.

She opens the song with slow-paced lyrics calling out people who run from the truth, “because the truth’s too much to take.” Goulding then moves to faster lyrics while slowly raising the beat, “I keep raising glasses cause I only got today / I just keep moving.”

While the song does seem similar to other pop ballads that can be found on the radio, it’s the techno beats and Goulding’s attitude across her lyrics that makes it captivating, “You can hurt me, I’ll find another.”

Another favorite is “Codes,” which seems to be a future anthem for millennials in complicated relationships.

The song lays out all of Goulding’s questions in an extremely simple manner, “Tell me black and white / Why I’m here tonight / I can’t read the signs,” while being extremely catchy. Goulding practically shouts the chorus, “Stop talking in codes / Let me know what’s up, can’t do it no more,” giving a sense of power and freedom to the singer and listeners.

Goulding released the deluxe version of “Delirium” on Nov. 13, adding another seven songs to her LP. With a total of 23 songs, half of them working as fast-paced singles, and features from Calvin Harris and Major Lazer, there should be no problem finding a song suitable for listeners in all genres.

Goulding will be embarking on her 2016 North American arena tour starting Apr. 1 in Vancouver, and will be performing at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. On May 6. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.