Saturday, December 15, 2012

2012 KDWB's Jingle Ball - The Common Man's Critique: Ellie Goulding

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Enter the beautiful and talented Ellie Goulding.  Ellie Goulding knows how to put on a show.  But, at Jingle Ball, she wasn’t in her element.  She wanted so bad to dance like she was in a hair band, throwing her head around and air-guitaring all over the stage.  Instead, she looked stiff, walking up and down the stage, keeping her arms very close to her body.  A few times during her set, she let loose and the crowd ate it up.  We saw how emotionally into her music she was as she did throw her inhibitions to the wind and grabbed drumsticks, beating drums, twirling her head.  In those moments, you watched a true star.

She sang through her beautiful song, “Anything Can Happen” and nailed it.  The crowd was enthused and sang right along with her.  Then, at the very end of her set, the electronic music for “Lights” came on and the crowd lost it.  But so did Ellie.

A few stanzas into the song, she forgot the words and waved her band off.  They stopped immediately, as she apologized to the fans.  Her apology was sweet and very short, ending with her calling her guitarist down to stand with her.  What happened next was the coolest, most intimate moment of the whole concert.

Ellie’s bandmate played his acoustic guitar to the tune of “Lights” while Ellie sang a solo.  It was beautiful.  Perfect.  Professional.  Crowd pleasing.

We gave her a loud standing ovation as she left the stage.

I recommend that you watch Ellie in a small and intimate setting, rather than a large venue.  She’ll be more in her element then.  Or, you can simply buy her albums.  Her talent is worth it, her sound is unique, and her music is delicious.

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