Exploding Misconceptions.

Ellie Goulding. Now there’s an artist I could never get into.

No, not like that. Get your mind out of the gutter.

I was just never taken by Ellie’s vocals. Her Wikipedia says it best:

Neil McComick of The Daily Telegraph described her voice as “something special”, continuing; “Her tremulous vibrato and slightly hoarse timbre have the feel of something primal and folky, her birdlike high notes conveying a childlike wonder while darker tones imply ancient depths of sorrow. She sings like she is strung out on the melody, warbling from a place of desperate emotion.

I don’t know – something about an artist’s style being “warbling” and “birdlike” that disconcerts, and combined with my not exactly being taken with her initial single releases, and the fact the hipster generation have already migrated to her…

Well, I was all ready to resign her to the box marked “Laura Marling” (remember her?) and move on.

As ever, as often I am (oh, so very often), I was proven wrong.

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While hanging up laundry (yes, it’s a rock ‘n’ roll life), an ad on television caught my attention – mostly acoustic, with a female vocal, it took me about 3 seconds to guess that it was Ellie Goulding. But unlike much of her previous work, the simpler tune and goose-bump inducing lyrics stayed with me.

And so I give you “Explosions”, from her 2012 album “Halcyon”. It’s not the most complex tune in the world; not by a long way. And yes, it’s a bit warbling and birdlike. However, at 0:51, it turns, and at 1:01, launches into one of the most beautiful choruses I’ve heard in many months.

Mostly Ellie’s voice with some piano and strings poured on top, it’s the lyrics that truly cut…

I pray that you will find peace of mind
And I’ll find you another time
I’ll love you, another time

Explosions on the day you wake up
Needing somebody and you’ve learned
It’s okay to be afraid
But it will never be the same…

A song about the moment someone realises that it’s okay to need another. When it’s too late.

A song about someone leaving you behind, and realising that they shouldn’t have.

A song about putting your love on hold so that someone else can find their way.

You trembled like you’d seen a ghost
And I gave in
I lack the things you need the most
You said where have you been
You wasted all that sweetness to run and hide
I wonder why
I remind you of the days you poured your heart into
But you never tried
I’ve fallen from grace
Took a blow to my face
I’ve loved and I’ve lost
I’ve loved and I’ve lost

Explosions on the day you wake up
Needing somebody and you’ve learned
It’s okay to be afraid
But it will never be the same
It will never be the same

You left my soul bleeding in the dark
So you could be king
The rules you set are still untold to me and I
Lost my faith in everything
The nights you could cope, your intentions were gold
But the mountains will shake
I need to know I can still make

Explosions on the day you wake up
Needing somebody and you’ve learned
It’s okay to be afraid
But it will never be the same

And as the floods move in
And your body starts to sink
I was the last thing on your mind
I know you better than you think
‘Cause it’s simple darling, I gave you a warning
Now everything you own is falling from the sky in pieces
So watch them fall with you, in slow motion
I pray that you will find peace of mind
And I’ll find you another time
I’ll love you, another time

Explosions on the day you wake up
Needing somebody and you’ve learned
It’s okay to be afraid
But it will never be the same…

Ellie Goulding – Explosions

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