Tasty Tracks of 2012: Figure 8 by Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding has a knack for writing about love and sex--something she proved on her debut and reaffirms of her sophomore effort, Halcyon. This time around, her romantic preoccupations are darker--tinged with loss and despair. "Figure 8" is the pinnacle achievement of this aesthetic shift. The track is busy, built on pounding drums, echoing vocals, and a chorus that crashes in like a wave, as Goulding sings, "I chased your love around a Figure 8 / I need you more than I can take."  The song (and album as a whole) are garnering the singer comparisons to Robyn, and such a parallel seems fair.  While her music lacks the humor of Robyn's, it does deal in a similar level of emotional intensity. If "Lights" revealed Goulding's potential, "Figure 8" finds her already realizing that potential. The track has a sonic texture and emotional depth that says a lot about the singer's remarkable instincts.

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