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Brightest Blue

Ellie Goulding

Brightest Blue

Fourth studio album from the British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist featuring guest vocals from Blackbear, Diplo, Juice Wrld, Lauv, serpentwithfeet and Swae Lee

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  1. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Featuring collaborations with Swae Lee and the late Juice WRLD, Goulding's fourth album is an eclectic exercise in understanding yourself
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  2. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The thrill of the savvy mix that Ellie Goulding surfs cannot be denied
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  3. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Brightest Blue sees Ellie Goulding at her most honest, yet knowing and secure
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  4. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A rebellious alter ego takes the reins
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  5. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Brightest Blue, Goulding’s best and most vulnerable work yet, proves that we could never hate or replace her
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  6. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    While the final handful of tracks certainly have their appeal, especially when taken on their own individual merit, it’s the first part of Brightest Blue that feels the most rounded, most accomplished. In short, it feels like Ellie Goulding at her most honest, and her most heartfelt
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  7. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    Encapsulating everything Goulding is as an artist currently
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  8. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    She's created two distinct spaces on this record, which allows her to continue her musical evolution while simultaneously maintaining her pop throne as pop royalty
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  9. 6.4 |   Pitchfork

    With her fourth album, the pop songwriter reaches a welcome sense of self-assurance. But if this was supposed to be an introspective record, that’s not what’s happening musically
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  10. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Goulding’s first album since 2015’s Delirium is undermined by its tacked-on guest spots
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  11. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    With indie beginnings and global pop heights, it’s hard to place Goulding in one category
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  12. 3.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album refines the singer’s sound, slowing tempos and removing sonic affectations to reveal a core of amorous pop anthems
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