"Lights" is a song by English recording artist Ellie Goulding from her debut album, Lights (2010). Written by Goulding, Richard Stannard and Ash Howes, the song was inspired by Goulding's childhood fear of the dark. It was released in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2011 as the album's sixth single overall, and second from the Bright Lights re-release.
"Lights" is a pleasing, catchy slice of electro-pop. Ellie Goulding's voice has an edge of sadness and vulnerability that sets the song apart from standard dance pop. However, ultimately the song does feel more repetitive than revelatory. Perhaps it is an issue with the structure of the song or words that don't truly draw the listener in to create resonant feeling.
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Ellie Goulding is an artist with tremendous promise. At home in the UK her debut album reached #1 and generated two top 10 pop hit singles. She proved she is a strong interpretive singer by covering Elton John's classic "Your Song" for a major hit. However, there is a feeling she has not yet reached her potential. The production work on "Lights" was led by Richard Stannard who is still best remembered for shepherding the Spice Girls' "Wannabe" into a worldwide smash hit.
"Lights" works well on radio and in the club. However, it is unlikely to be the song you go home remembering best. In a pop music world dominated by distinctive vocalists, it is too easy for a song like "Lights" to feel polite and get lost in the shuffle.