On a night of vanilla sounds and sentiments, Ellie Goulding gave the impression to be caught between a sigh and a comfortable place, writes Fiona Shepherd
Ellie Goulding, O2 Academy, Glasgow **
Like lots of her pop friends, Ellie Goulding bit the bullet and launched a brand new album throughout final 12 months’s lockdown, figuring out its business probabilities have been compromised as a result of she couldn’t tour. The album topped the charts regardless and, higher late than by no means, she is debuting it dwell virtually in its entirety, opening her Glasgow present with the primary three tracks, which journeyed from the sombre piano and refined tremulous strings of Begin through the progressively constructing bassline and tasteful clubby throb of Energy to the spacious R’n’b pop of How Deep Is Too Deep, with Goulding over-reaching in her efforts at a extra soulful vocal supply.
Her reedy voice isn’t reduce out for ardour so she was caught between a sigh and a comfortable place, counting on the manicured sturm-und-drang backing observe of Highly effective, her collaboration with Main Lazer, to whip up the looks of drama, whereas the gentle disco home pop of New Love, about connection on the dancefloor, was the sound of a Thursday night time warm-up for the weekend.
Local weather disaster slogans flashed on the backdrop – at one level throughout a smoochy ballad, which probably wasn’t about world warming – with out particular remark from Goulding, a UN surroundings ambassador who has conceived this Brightest Blue tour to be as low impression as attainable. By her personal admission, she is “not a lot of a talker”. However her lack of stage presence didn’t deter the screams of devotion from her youthful feminine followers who can establish with or aspire to her candy, well mannered girl-next-door-with-the-lovely-hair persona.
Their enthusiasm was rewarded within the second half of the set with a scattering of Goulding’s largest hits, together with the singalong Calvin Harris collaboration I Want Your Love, the doe-eyed Love Me Like You Do and equally teenaged romance of Something Might Occur. Nonetheless, solely the perky angle of the Jamaican dancehall-tinged Fear About Me bucked the development for vanilla sounds and sentiments.
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