ELLIE GOULDING *** ABC, GLASGOW
DESPITE her emphatic endorsement by the Brits and the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, Ellie Goulding has not been the most audacious addition to the diverse pool of young female singers who have coloured the pop scene in recent years, but at least she has added another subtly different flavour to the range – and everyone likes vanilla, don't they?
Fortunately, her whimsical, often weedy electro-pop with its fragrant folk roots, gently lapping synths and nine-stone-weakling beats loses a bit of its Flake advert soft focus when performed live. To her credit, Goulding is not the coy frontgirly suggested by the fluttering female angst of Under The Sheets or sixth-form fancy of The Writer, but a focused, friendly performer trying to do the best by her material.
For Guns And Horses, one of her more robust, distinctive songs, she turned on a bit of grit in her delivery, communicating more determination in her devotion in contrast to the moony vacuity of some of her other songs. Even the simple addition of a clapalong breakdown livened things up.
There was more percussion to follow as Goulding and band got the drums out to anchor the floaty Salt Skin and give her set the visceral kick it was lacking.
For her encore, her cover of Midlake's Roscoe provided more of a musical journey than her own songs but it was clear that the kids just wanted to get Starry Eyed – now with added tom-tom.