Another Tuesday, another Jukebox. Jake and I have yet another 20 songs for you to enjoy.
This week, I went back and plucked out some of my favorite rock songs from the 90s and early 2000s. No particular reason except I just felt like rocking this week. Highlights from Death From Above 1979, Queens of the Stone Age, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers round out my half of the playlist. Jake’s half includes the infectious new hit from Katy Perry, “Chained To The Rhythm,” as well as tracks from Ellie Goulding and Solange.
“I’ve got big dreams baby” sings Ellie Goulding on “Don’t Panic,” a track on her newest album Delirium. It’s been three years since the world has seen a full-length album from Goulding, but she was kept occupied by a 2013 reissue of her sophomore album Halcyon (originally released in October of 2012), numerous soundtrack singles for major motion pictures — including Divergent and 50 Shades of Grey — and worldwide tours. Somehow in the midst of all this chaos, she’s managed to record Delirium, her first foray into mainstream pop.
It’s clear from the start that this record is far different from her previous efforts. Long gone are the folk-y roots of her first LP effort Lights, along with the dramatics of Halcyon. Goulding now focuses on huge choruses, expertly crafted lyrics, and single-ready material. While Goulding tries to please everyone with this new record, the 28-year-old British songstress that the world has come to know and love has seemingly been lost in the mix.
Delirium looks intimidating at first glance, with the deluxe edition containing a bulky 22 songs, something that has almost been expected of Goulding (her previous release had 16 songs, not even including the 10-track reissue). Kicking off the 22-track record is a mysterious and haunting prelude, which is meant to say farewell to the sadness and bitterness of Halcyon and transition to the brightness of the new record. The album truly begins with “Aftertaste,” a booming opening track that tackles the feelings of a lost relationship. As the album progresses, it becomes easier to see the evolution of the once-timid pop star. Songs such as the aggressive and almost hip-hop-infused “Don’t Need Nobody,” the Lorde-inspired “The Greatest,” or the whistle-driven “Keep On Dancin’” show that Goulding is ready to display her newfound confidence to the world.