Live Review: Ellie Goulding

Posted on June 18, 2010

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Venue: Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Date: June 9th

The luminous, pale blue glow of hundreds of camera phones fills the crowded amphitheatre that is Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Screams of anticipation rise and subside like waves crashing against the stage as an expectant, female dominated audience monitor the surrounding room with military precision, in hope of being the first to catch a sight of the starlet, Ellie Goulding.

The blonde, silhouetted figure emerges from behind a towering stack of speakers and promptly sets herself centre stage, evoking joyous pandemonium from the crowd. Within moments however the room is silent, as Goulding, draped in purple tinted smoke and framed by her name in large lit-up letters, sweetly serenades the opening lines from the title track of her debut album ‘Lights.’

Goulding captivates the room as she plays the album in its entirety without the use of gimmicks or extrovert behaviour, simply relying on her enchanting, folk stylised vocals against the synth-driven, retro-pop, with a dash of humble charm. She constantly thanks the audience for having her, but that is as far the audience interaction goes. Thus in the eyes of public school teenager, her banter is severely lacking.

Yet the songstress needs little in the form of additional crowd pleasures. Her hauntingly unique voice, accompanied by the furious determination unleashed within faster-paced tracks such as ‘Wish I Stayed’ and the concluding hit, ‘Starry Eyed’, have made this Hereford-born starlet one of the most popular live acts this year. Although the debut album failed to live up to the unmountable hype and hysteria, it seems there is so much more to come from Goulding, who on the basis of the rapturous adulation at the sets climax from the sell-out crowd, has seemingly already received national treasure status.

The luminous, pale blue glow of hundreds of camera phones fills the crowded amphitheatre that is Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Screams of anticipation rise and subside like waves crashing against the stage as an expectant, female dominated audience monitor the surrounding room with military precision, in hope of being the first to catch a sight of the starlet, Ellie Goulding.

The blonde, silhouetted figure emerges from behind a towering stack of speakers and promptly sets herself centre stage, evoking joyous pandemonium from the crowd. Within moments however the room is silent, as Goulding, draped in purple tinted smoke and framed by her name in large lit-up letters, sweetly serenades the opening lines from the title track of her debut album ‘Lights.’

Goulding captivates the room as she plays the album in its entirety without the use of gimmicks or extrovert behaviour, simply relying on her enchanting, folk stylised vocals against the synth-driven, retro-pop, with a dash of humble charm. She constantly thanks the audience for having her, but that is as far the audience interaction goes. Thus in the eyes of public school teenager, her banter is severely lacking.

Yet the songstress needs little in the form of additional crowd pleasures. Her hauntingly unique voice, accompanied by the furious determination unleashed within faster-paced tracks such as ‘Wish I Stayed’ and the concluding hit, ‘Starry Eyed’, have made this Hereford-born starlet one of the most popular live acts this year. Although the debut album failed to live up to the unmountable hype and hysteria, it seems there is so much more to come from Goulding, who on the basis of the rapturous adulation at the sets climax from the sell-out crowd, has seemingly already received national treasure status.

CL

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