Friday, July 5, 2013

Burn | Ellie Goulding

Rating: ★★★★☆

As of the past month or so, my love from British singer-songwriter Ellie Goudling has grown immensely. I've always loved the entirety of her debut album Lights, but her sophomore album took a little while to grow on me. Within the past few weeks, the true beauty of Halcyon hit me right in the face; I haven't been able to stop listening to it since then. 

Coincidentally, just as I have upgraded myself to a super-fan status of Goulding, she released details of a future re-release of Halcyon and teased a new single from the release. 

The new single, called "Burn," has all of the electronic dance elements of the songs from Halcyon, but it has a bit more of a radio-friendly sound. The chorus is perfect for radio airplay, with a pounding electronic instrumental track and the constant repetition of "We gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn / Gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn." Evidently, the lyrics aren't too deep, nor is the beat too experimental, but that doesn't make it a bad song.

Although some of Goulding's fans aren't thrilled with the final product, the commercialized sound of "Burn" may just be able to throw Goulding back into the public eye in the United States, if it is even released in the country. Here in the States, the only single from Halcyon to even impact the Billboard Hot 100 Chart was "Anything Could Happen," and it peaked at number forty-seven. To put into comparison, "Lights," the only other Ellie Goudling song to chart in the United States, peaked at number two. I'm not too sure that "Burn" will be able to peak at the very top of the Hot 100 (because the number one spot will still be occupied by something like "Blurred Lines" or another terrible Mackelmore song), but it should be able to chart somewhere in the top forty.

Regardless of how commercialized the song sounds or how well it does on the charts, I love it. It's been playing through my headphones on repeat for a while now, and I'm sure it will continue to do so for a while. This song has deepened my love for Goulding even more, and is really hyping me for the new re-release.

A few fan sites have rumored that Goulding's new release will be called Halcyon Days, but nothing has been confirmed by Goulding or her management yet. Meanwhile, "Burn" is slated for an official release on August 18, 2013, but for right now, fans can listen to the full song on Goulding's official SoundCloud

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