Label
Interscope
Release date
19 Jul 2011
Running length
5 tracks
Running time
23:11

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Lights (Drop Lamond Remix) 4:18 1,003
2 Lights (Fernando Garibay Remix) 3:58 88
3 Lights (Captain Cuts Remix) 4:12 1,315
4 Lights (Ming Remix) 4:58 1,282
5 Lights (RAC Mix) 5:45 2,754

About this album

Lights overflows with pop that’s as infectious as it is intelligent. But this wasn’t the British chanteuse’s first foray into songwriting — prior to recording her own songs, Goulding had smithed tunes of the teenaged Brit-pop flavor for Diana Vickers and Gabriella Cilmi. Rather than extract from the same well of inspiration, Lights cleverly wafts between indie-folk and electro-pop. The title-track introduces the album with pleasantly soft beats pulsing under her plumed and airy inflections. This is nicely contrasted against a driving rhythm in the chorus and some razor-honed hooks in the melody. The rich organic resonance of a wooden acoustic guitar changes the tone on the following “Guns and Horses” while keeping Goulding’s sprightly energy intact. Goulding’s vocal presence throughout balances salience with restraint, especially on “Starry Eyed,” a standout tune that blends helium-infused balladry with tasteful Euro-dance. Conversely, “Under the Sheets” forgoes obvious hooks for less predictable arrangements and melodic detours while maintaining melodies that are impossible to forget.

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  • oh-luiz

    Better than Halcyon.

    Yesterday 10:23pm Reply
  • Heartbeeat

    Shut up about the cover and enjoy the music. [5]

    11 Jul 11:39am Reply
  • takakayu

    Even MS Paint spray-can effect is better than 13 year-old tumblr girl design tho

    21 Jun 11:21am Reply
  • Red_Pain

    Wait, the cover up there - Ellie in the blue shirt, tilting her head back - is THAT the cover people hate? How? It's gorgeous. Don't really care for the dark cover with the MS Paint spray-can effect, though... [4]

    10 May 5:28pm Reply
  • LouisaViolet

    Wait, the cover up there - Ellie in the blue shirt, tilting her head back - is THAT the cover people hate? How? It's gorgeous. Don't really care for the dark cover with the MS Paint spray-can effect, though... [3] Lol @ MS Paint spray-can effect.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • WolfCosmic

    US cover lixoso

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • GunsAndHorses93

    The US cover is good, but I prefer the UK cover since it's the version I have in physical.

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ParaGliloMusic

    Her Best Album!

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ParaGliloMusic

    Shut up about the cover and enjoy the music. [4]

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dizinho2

    Wait, the cover up there - Ellie in the blue shirt, tilting her head back - is THAT the cover people hate? How? It's gorgeous. Don't really care for the dark cover with the MS Paint spray-can effect, though... [2]

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • eftalanquest

    Please read the following before uploading: The image should be the actual cover art for this album (preferably no less than 300 x 300px). If this album has multiple artwork, check if there is a release date to disambiguate. If that throws up nothing, use your best judgement and upload the artwork with the larger print run (most recognisable, popular). ^^according to this the four(!) people who uploaded the cover for the us version are unable to read

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DDDiego___

    There's not a single song I don't like in (Bright) Lights! Such a great album!

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • pablo774

    instead of complaining, vote for the cover you prefer... www.lastfm.de/music/Ellie+Goulding/Lights/+images/

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Heartbeeat

    Shut up about the cover and enjoy the music. [3]

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • WolfCosmic

    argh I hate the US cover [3]

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • DDDiego___

    I like the US cover better actually. [10]

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • Egrooj

    I like the US cover better actually. [9]

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • Heartbeeat

    Shut up about the cover and enjoy the music. [2]

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • oopstheuniverse

    Wait, the cover up there - Ellie in the blue shirt, tilting her head back - is THAT the cover people hate? How? It's gorgeous. Don't really care for the dark cover with the MS Paint spray-can effect, though...

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Revello1630

    I like the US cover better actually. [8] Way better.

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
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