Halcyon

~ Release group by Ellie Goulding

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Halcyon (deluxe edition) CD 18 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 3714364 0602537143641
Halcyon Digital Media 14 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) [none]
Halcyon CD 14 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 3716083 00602537160839
Halcyon (Exclusive to Tesco Supermarket Chain) CD 17 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 3714244 00602537142446
Halcyon CD 13 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 3714241 602537142415
Halcyon CD 14 Cherrytree Records, Interscope Records B0017556-02 602537160839
Halcyon (iTunes deluxe edition) Digital Media 19 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)
Halcyon CD 19 Interscope Records 602537173938
Halcyon Digital Media 19 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)
Halcyon (limited edition box set) CD 15 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 53124980 0602537142422
Halcyon (deluxe version) CD 18 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 3716940 602537169405
Halcyon (deluxe edition) CD 18 Interscope Records B0017557-02 602537160846
Halcyon CD 16 Cherrytree Records, Interscope Records B0019087-02 602537509386
Halcyon Days (unknown) 21 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 602537828999
Halcyon Days Digital Media 21 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)
Halcyon Days (deluxe edition) Digital Media 33 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 0602537784660
Halcyon Days CD 10 Cherrytree Records, Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)
Halcyon Days 2×CD 18 + 10 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)
Halcyon Days (deluxe edition) Digital Media 29 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 602537499434
Halcyon Days (deluxe edition) 2×CD 18 + 10 Cherrytree Records, Interscope Records B0019011-02 602537506637
Halycon (digital edition with bonus tracks) Digital Media 16 Cherrytree Records, Interscope Records, Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)
Halcyon Days (Deluxe Edition) Digital Media 22 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 602537506637
Halcyon Days CD 21 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 3782899 602537828999
Halcyon Days Digital Media 22 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)
Halcyon Days CD 21 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 3747026 602537470266
Halcyon Days (Deluxe Edition) Digital Media 22 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)
Halcyon Days CD 22 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 3750660 602537506606
Halcyon (96kHz/24bit) Digital Media 18 Cherrytree Records, Interscope Records XUNI61972F96 0602537861972
Halcyon Days 2×CD 17 + 10 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 3747041 602537470419

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Anything Could Happen
Burn
Explosions
Figure 8
Goodness Gracious
How Long Will I Love You
Stay Awake by Ellie Goulding & Madeon
remixes: Halcyon Days: The Remixes
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0002411263 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/478823 [info]
Wikidata: Q3279484 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Halcyon (album) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/ellie_goulding/halcyon_days/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/6r5c [info]

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Ellie Goulding's been a shape-shifter long before she started experimenting with radical coiffures to match the style of her dubstep beau, Skrillex. Since bagging the BRIT Awards' Critics Choice in 2010, she's flummoxed the lot of us by refusing to stick in one spot. Witness the transition from the sparkly pop of her debut album, 2010's Lights, to that soppy, saccharine cover of Elton John's Your Song.

It's little wonder, then, that Halcyon finds her in metamorphosis again. Gone is the perky hybrid of electro-folk pop that illuminated Lights, as opener Don't Say a Word lays out a fine manifesto for change. It sees Ellie throwing herself at a would-be-lover's feet, riding a crest of choral chanting and gloomy soundscapes before the whole thing explodes in a burst of shooting stars.

While there are ample bangers - Anything Can Happen boasts spurting synths and a sky-kissing chorus - there's electro-ballad finery, too. Joy is a string-laden affair that showcases her helium-powered pipes, while I Know You Care sees her try to convince someone - us, her lover, herself - that they have something worth salvaging: "I know it wasn't always wrong / But I've never known a winter so cold."

What scuppers Halcyon, though, is the sense that Ellie's still not nailed down her own identity. There's just too much bombast, and the magpie-like-production and big, booming arrangements swaddle rather than swathe her vocals. Far from showing off her talents, the likes of Figure 8 and Atlantis become bottomless pits filled with heavy-handed knob-twiddling.

Most frustrating of all, perhaps, is the "bonus track" collaboration with Calvin Harris, I Need Your Love. It's a tantalising glimpse of what she could be capable of when her voice isn't submerged - and, ironically for a track she can only claim half-ownership of, it's got a swagger and bounce that feels resolutely more "her" than when she's playing gloomy dress-up.

As a second coming, Halcyon shows Goulding's not wanting in ambition, or incapable of conjuring up the odd bit of magic. But next time, she needs to make sure she's a bit choosier about what exactly she pours into the cauldron.