Ellie Goulding Lights Up Hollywood Performing Live Songs From Her New Album “Halcyon” (Concert Review)
October/17/2012 07:33 PM
Concert Review: Ellie Goulding Lights Up Hollywood Performing Live Songs From Her New Album “Halcyon”
Rock Star Concert Review
Genre: Electro Folk Pop
October 17, 2012
Ellie Goulding fans in Los Angeles are fierce and loyal. They adore their British goddess whom performed at the Royal Wedding and the proof is in the number of minutes within which her show at Troubadour sold out. Part of the British Invasion taking over the air waves along side Mumford and Sons, One Direction, and the Ed Sheeran kind, Ellie Goulding’s most recent album "Halcyon" was released October 9th and is No. 18 on the iTunes album charts.
Last night, Ellie Goulding took over the stage at the Troubadour with her talent, beauty and yes she beat on her drums… The intimate venue drew Twilight celebrity star Kristen Stewart which was no surprise as Ellie’s new song, "Bittersweet," produced by Ellie's boyfriend Skrillex, is on the Twilight saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 movie soundtrack.
To see Ellie Goulding in the Troubadour is a once in a lifetime experience as she is exploding on the music scene and likely her next tours through Southern California will see her filling larger and larger venues.
The show was kicked off with “Don’t Say a Word” and the crowd went wild when she sang “won’t you come, just don’t say a word.” The Troubadour lit up when Ellie played “Figure 8” with fans creaming throughout the song, “I Love You Ellie!”
Ellie's voice is without question soft and beautiful, but don't be fooled. The soft spoken petite athletic--as in she runs marathons athletic--blonde can belt out the low nights and reach every high note vocally dominating the pop music scene. Ellie Goulding creates a bit of roller coaster ride with her voice for all of her fans to enjoy.
With a fashion style all her own, Ellie sports a signature blonde hairdo that sweeps prominent bangs dramatically to the right side revealing a partially shaved left side of her head. Of the black dress she was wearing Ellie called it a “Stage outfit slash nightie kind of thing,” and joked maybe she would take it off…which she later did to reveal leather shorts and a cute black tank top.
“I’m so happy to be here America, I can’t tell you I really am. I like playing shows like this, I really do. I really like seeing everyone and being able to touch people. It’s just nice and intimate; it’s like a little family,” Ellie told her crowd before she started singing “My Blood.”
With the iconic Troubadour sign behind her, Ellie told her fans, “This song is about Joy,” and her face lit up with an enormous gorgeous smile. When Ellie stood on stage and sang the song lyrics, “I’m seeing stars. Watch me fall apart. I think of dying all the time. But I’ve got joy to take my side,” her lyrical talent shined. Her presence alone filled the Troubadour with joy, much less the song. She bantered freely with the crowd telling them, “I feel bloody lucky we get to play here. …You’re like very polite. I like that, it’s nice. …I feel like the light is like a living room…like I’m playing in a living room.” In response to which a fan from the crowd yelled out to Ellie, “You can play in my living room!” Ellie sweetly replied, “Yes. That can be arranged.” Then she sang “Explosions” with lyrics, “it’s okay to be afraid but it will never be the same…” another gorgeous song on "Halcyon."
Ellie brought out the guitar for her performance of “Guns and Horses” (“Lights” album) singing virtually a cappella letting her voice take over the show and take its proper place center stage. The crowd sang along with the lyrics, “But I wish I could feel it all for you, I wish I could be it all for you…”
The next song she performed is part of a soundtrack in a film called “Now Is Good” (a Warner Bros. film starring Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine in theaters now) which Ellie called “literally the saddest film of all time” but told her audience it is very good and encouraged them to go see it. The song is “I Know You Care” which in and of itself is a sad and slow song.
Watch Ellie Goulding "I Know You Care" on YouTube Music Videos
During a somewhat quiet moment someone in the crowd shouted out, “You’re beautiful,” and Ellie blushed exposing the raw humanity and humility behind this UK artist.
She killed it singing “Only You” and livening up the concert with this significantly more pop influenced dance song. “Only You” segued into “Under The Sheets” keeping the music uptempo.
Ellie took a little Q & A session from the crowd about her visit to the Ellen Show and confirmed that yes, Ellen did creep up on her and scared her a bit.
Saving the best for last, Ellie sang “Anything Could Happen” to her enthusiastic fans who sang along and followed it up with her smash hit & widely popular “Lights” song which has been on Billboard Hot 100 for 42 weeks, was still holding strong at No. 12 last week, sits currently at No. 15 and peaked at No. 2. "Lights" is also currently charted on Billboard.com Pop Songs, Radio Songs, Digital Songs, On-Demand Songs, Adult Contemporary, Billboard Canadian Hot 100, and MySpace Songs.
Ellie finished off with a cover of Elton John's “Your Song” for which she is known for including in her setlist and famously sang for Will and Kate at the reception of the Royal Wedding in April of 2011--with her last song “Starry Eyed” off of her “Lights" album to round off the night with talent, grace, a glowing stage presence all in an energetic rock star style.
Ellie Goulding concert setlist:
Off of her new album “Halcyon” Ellie Goulding performed:
“Don’t Say a Word”
“I Know You Care”
“Anything Could Happen”
Off of her previous album “Lights” Ellie Goulding performed:
“Guns and Horses”
“Under The Sheets”
For more information on Ellie Goulding, please visit: EllieGoulding.com
Download her new album “Halycon” at iTunes
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Follow @elliegoulding on Twitter
Listen to Ellie Goulding music on SoundCloud
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