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Ellie Goulding - Guns and Horses

Written By: Mark Dumpleton
Added: 25/08/10
Release Date: 17 May 2010

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After the almost-overnight rise to stardom for Ellie Goulding, one would not expect to hear super-hit after super-hit from the young female musician.

After the success of her debut single, there has to come a time when any musician will show they are not just a one trick (or genre) pony. The single ‘Guns and Horses’ seems to be Ellie Goulding’s showpiece single. It has just enough of what made her famous in the first place, mixed with an upbeat dance melody. Gone are the slow, melodic, acoustic tracks; and in are synthesised beats and a complete change to previous music heard by the artist.

Don’t get me wrong - the main attraction to the music Ellie Goulding produces is her voice (which I believe to be somewhat similar to Cerys Matthews of ex-Catatonia fame). The voice is still here for this track, but there just isn’t the ‘stand-out’ difference that there was with previous singles including Starry-Eyed and Under The Sheets. This song just sounds too normal for me, too like other music in the chart right now.
The final 20 seconds see her repeat the line ‘I’d do it all for you’ with only a bass line and hands clapping as an accompaniment - I don’t think this fits in the song particularly well, but it does help to showcase her vocal talent along with bringing inevitable comparisons to KT Tunstall along the way.

Ellie Goulding is having a very successful 2010, and this is only set to continue for the rest of the year.

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