Ellie Goulding DELIRIUM
2With “Delirium,” her third album, British singer Ellie Goulding has put together what’s essentially a playlist of singles destined for frequent repeat on the radio and in the clubs, all with catchy rhythms and her “this can only be Ellie Goulding singing” distinctive vocal style.
She’s pulled out the big guns, working with big-name producers like Max Martin, and has already announced a world tour for the album. It will likely be a high-energy event — there aren’t any ballads as such in the 16 tracks.
Overall, “Delirium” is a polished effort, if not a particularly memorable one. It includes “Love Me Like You Do,” her smash hit from the “Fifty Shades of Gray” movie as well as the single currently getting airplay, “On My Mind.” Other highlights are “Keep On Dancin’” and “Don’t Need Nobody.”
It gets repetitive, dance track after dance track, and lyrically it’s fairly bland — Love! Attraction! Ooh! — but if you’re looking for something that will get you to move, this will do it.
The Associated Press
Tim McGraw DAMN COUNTRY MUSIC
2Few veteran artists straddle contemporary and traditional country music styles as well, and as entertainingly, as Tim McGraw.
On his new album, “Damn Country Music,” McGraw includes tunes George Jones would have felt comfortable performing, while others push country music into new territory.
On the traditional side, the cheating song “Don’t Make Me Feel At Home” conjures up the sort of psychological dilemma found in classic country works by singers like Johnny Paycheck. “Here Tonight,” with harmony vocals by daughter Gracie McGraw, draws on upbeat Celtic sounds with the timeless, celebratory feel of early Dixie Chicks.
On the moody country-rocker “Losin’ You,” McGraw and longtime producer Byron Gallimore mix atmospheric and dramatic touches to great effect. The melodic, sunny pop of “California,” which features country duo Big & Rich, is the aural equivalent of the ocean breezes and palm trees that, in the lyrics, prove so alluring to a woman the singer loves.
To McGraw’s credit, “Damn Country Music” shows that old and new sounds can work together — especially when the emphasis is on originality rather than following trends.
The Associated Press