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Spin's 7/10 Review for Ellie Goulding's "Lights"

Shiny, wholesome dance-pop, witha dash of saucy.

 

When Ellie Goulding emerged two years ago, few would've compared the strummy singer-songwriter to current UK pop wild child Jessie J. But producer Starsmith - who's remixed Katy Perry and Lady Gaga - nudged Goulding onto the dance floor, where she's now Jessie's good girl counterpart, blending folky melodies with amped up '80s style synths and beats.

 

On this debut full length, already a UK number 1, she glides through blippy anthems ("Starry Eyed"), pumping disco ("Animal") and delicate grooves ("Lights") with a pixie-ish voice that's one notch sweeter than Metric's Emily Haines.

 

Her closer, a cover of Elton John's "Your Song," is everything Gaga's Grammy version wasn't - a tender, vulnerable gift.

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