Album of the Week: Ellie Goulding's Halcyon Days

Ellie Goulding's sophomore effort, the dark Halcyon, was my favorite album of 2012. Still following her muse through densely produced dance music, Goulding released an expanded version of that album called Halcyon Days. The new material is equally electronic and expansive as its predecessor but plays with a brighter palette (even if the lyrics may express hardships). "Goodness Gracious" is a delightful confection and "Burn" boasts a feel-good nature that has made it a hit. Not to mention, "Tessellate" and "Midas Touch" have a smouldering sexiness that keeps them going. Halcyon Days does not preserve the carefully constructed and gorgeous world of Halcyon, but it does add some sharp tracks to Goulding's catalog.

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