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Album Review | POP

Ellie Goulding, ‘Halcyon Days’

The expanded edition of Ellie Goulding’s fine “Halcyon” is no mere recycling job, as it helps expand the range of her musical vision with 10 new tracks. The propulsive slice of electro-pop, “Burn” is already a hit, but it’s not reflective of the dimension and diversity of the mix of originals and covers. Where “Halcyon” combined moody sentiments with swirling beats and effects, the deluxe edition finds her in a different place. Songs like the sonically sumptuous “Under Control” and “In My City” reflect affirmation and transformation. “Hearts Without Chains,” an affecting piano-based ballad about healing and moving forward, is rendered with nuance. The singer-songwriter and her producers are both inventive and reverent with the smart choices of covers. Alt-J’s “Tessellate” loses some of its cryptic airs as Goulding reveals different layers while Midnight Star’s “Midas Touch” is turned inside out into a fittingly atmospheric declaration of self. The Waterboys’ lyrical “How Long Will I Love You” reflects Goulding’s roots with its understatement. Beneath the electronics lies real soul. (Out Tuesday)

ESSENTIAL “Hearts Without Chains”

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