This is Ellie Goulding 'burning one hell of a something.' Hell.
Music video for Burn.
I'm always late for reviews, and this time Ellie's the innocent victim. For the UK singer, a year and a half at the top might seem to be long-term vacation, but, it doesn't if you spend time climbing the charts. That's how she got famous, through Lights, in which on it's 33-week reign, climbed on to number 2 and peaking at it on the Billboard Hot 100. Success is a long-term desire, and as she got it, her popularity emerged victorious as she received airplay for more of her songs, such as Figure 8 and Anything Could Happen, the former which was a jam I thought for once wasn't exactly made for radio. Still, it has been accommodated into Ellie's life, now touring and ending up on other artist's tracks, for example Calvin Harris on I Need Your Love.
Now if all it needs is a little push to widen not only interests and listeners worldwide, then Burn is the track you get behind to. It doesn't feel like Ellie Goulding at first, one of the differences of which is just distinct from the get-go. However, the song does stand out on lyrical presentation, of which the track was also written by front-man Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic. The vocals does also shine on the chorus, very clear and immersive. The synth flurry that pounds right after the chorus, just exceeds my expectations. However, the song does feel iffy and stiff at some parts, like the verses. We all know Ellie's vocal limitations, and to even be pushed that far into recording, is pretty incredible. Although she's become sort of a pop-dance-disco singer, unlike her older past singles or tracks, this could be a giant step, or it could be a death leap.
Yes, fans are turning their ears to this song, but most people are going to be on the offense and maybe even rip the track apart. I know you're going to say that songs like Lights, Anything Could Happen and others had synth flurry attached to them and garnered success, even though mediocre-wise to the latter song. But this is what is probably going to make some sense, as it is a re-release of her album Halcyon, that if this mainstream track doesn't hit equilibrium heights for both fans and audiences, then Ellie Goulding might fade slowly. However this is to be sure that Burn is probably radio-friendly since Lights, probably due to the tone, the sound and the lyrics.
When the lights turned down
ORIGINALITY: 8/10 - This is an effort that is recognised, and there is all it is.
SOUND: 8/10 - The synthesizers really improve the track, not forgetting vocals that are just unforgettable from Ellie.
LYRICS: 8/10 - Maybe a fore-front touch down, slightly. The track does requiem about living life, having fun and enjoying, so it serves it's purpose duly.
OVERALL: 24/30 - Burn is just catchy and at times makes you wanna' dance. It could and most likely be compared to Lights, but if that's the way it goes, then maybe people should stop forgetting how long she took to reach her status she's in. Burn is a smooth ride on a rough patch, and could leave you daunting unplugged. I say I'd play it for days. Hope you do too.
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