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On "Halcyon" she marries thoughtful ruminations on young love to whooshing synth riffs and hard-edged machine beats; the album claims electronic dance music as the natural province of sensitive singer-songwriters.
And like many of those she sounds most engaged when nursing heartbreak, as in the beautiful "My Blood" and a devastating disco-goth rendition of "Hanging On" by L.A.'s Active Child. (Though she's currently involved with EDM superstar Skrillex, Goulding has said "Halcyon" documents her split from BBC DJ Greg James.) But she pulls off clubland uplift too: "Anything Could Happen," this record's irrepressible lead single, is a bouncy rave jam complete with backing vocals by the London Community Gospel Choir. It would've sounded great at the Olympics.
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