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Goulding's passport is well-stamped when it comes to dance music, but her connections to pop are just as important. "Lights," it turns out, was co-written and co-produced by Richard "Biff" Stannard, a hitmaker whose resume includes the breakthrough Spice Girls single, "Wannabe," and a gig as an official songwriter for England's version of X Factor. Like most non-American Anglophone pop stars (from Kylie Minogue to her pal Jessie J), Goulding shows little interest in proving her authenticity within one scene, instead opting for marketable flexibility. She performed Elton John's "Your Song" at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and has recorded well-known covers of songs by divas as diverse as Rihanna and Dolly Parton. Turned down to a murmur on these ballads, the same voice that's ethereal in a club mix becomes gentle, the voice of a confiding love or friend making small promises.
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