Months ago, Ellie Goulding's haunting-yet-danceable single "Lights" took hold of the Billboard charts. Since then, the ubiquitous "Lights" has become something like the musical equivalent of sex or bacon—feel free to loathe it, but be warned that you're in a narrow minority whose very existence is doubted.
But "Anything Could Happen," the bouncy, emphatic, first single from the English vocalist's upcoming second album Halcyon, marks a departure from the gossamer tinklings of "Lights." Goulding puts a little more muscle behind her breathy vocals, and around the three-minute mark, she offers what I hope is the first of many glimpses at what's actually under the hood: a wild, howling bawl, reminiscent of her countrywoman Florence Welch, that might stay with you long past the end of the song.
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