Gig review: Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding. Pic: Comp
Ellie Goulding. Pic: Comp
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ELLIE Goulding is known for her wispy, breathy, soprano voice laid over an uplifting electronic beat. It was difficult, however, on Tuesday night during her appearance at the Usher Hall to get to grips with her soft soulful tones as her band consistently drowned her out.

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Usher Hall

In part, the problem lies with her ‘unique’ voice, lovely as it is. The microphone does a bad job of picking up her hazy, breathiness. Her less than crisp pronunciation, tailing off of unfinished lyrics and general failure to be picked up by the microphones suggests that the singer is in need of some further vocal training. Certainly, her backing singers were clearly audible.

It wasn’t until she paused halfway through the set for Elton John cover Your Song, performed with just a piano, that her voice was clearly audible for the first time.

It was the moment that the gig really began to get off the ground, Goulding’s vocals becoming increasingly clear as she sailed through audience favourites Joy, Explosions and Lights. The energy ramping up significantly as she reached encore Burn.

Even Goulding herself paused to admit that she can be quite shy on stage, but the crowd’s friendly, upbeat attitude was really urging her on.

If only she could get away from giving that painful feeling you get when you’re trying to have a conversation with a chronic asthmatic on the dancefloor of a dingy club on synthpop night.