At the end of May, Ellie Goulding announced that her fourth studio album, Brightest Blue, would land in July, sparking anticipation that endured among fans for just over one month. The double-sided album has finally arrived, and the distinctive divide between the first and second part of the LP is the ultimate juxtaposition.
The first half of the album, meant to represent Goulding’s vulnerable side, has 13 unique tracks. Each song is a heartfelt story, and Goulding’s lyrics shine through as the pillars of each song. The production elements do not overpower Goulding; these 13 inclusions feature her and her alone amid a slow and easy backdrop that lets her talent come through unimpeded.
In contrast, the second part of the album is a six-track collection of hits that could land on a “Top 40” playlist or chart. The second half of the album features collaborations with blackbear, Lauv, Diplo, and Swae Lee, as well as a posthumous single with Juice WRLD. Although these cuts are unapologetically different from the releases meant to showcase her vulnerability on the first side of the album, Goulding still maintains quality with this catchy, concluding string of songs.
Brightest Blue is out now in full form Interscope Records.
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