After a five-year-long break, Ellie Goulding finally released her album Brightest Blue, and it was certainly worth the wait. In addition to receiving positive reviews, the album climbed to the top of the charts in the UK, becoming the singer’s third no. 1 album in her home country.
Brightest Blue came out on July 17th, almost five years after her previous album Delirium. It produced several hit singles before hitting the shelves, including “Power”, “Worry About Me” featuring Blackbear, and “Hate Me” featuring Juice Wrld.
The majority of collaborations that Goulding recorded leading up to this album can be found on its side B. This includes Lauv collaboration “Slow Grenade”, and the 2018 hit “Close to Me” featuring Diplo and Swae Lee.
Goulding described Brightest Blue as her “observations of relationships, heartbreak, love, and human behavior.” She also admitted that the process of writing this album helped her cope with her anxieties and that she’s lucky to have music to turn to during difficult times.