Ellie Goulding

“Your Song”

Polydor

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It’s the rare artist who can take a cover and transform it into a song of their own; more often than not an artist is not able to channel the same emotion as the writer of the song himself.  But on Ellie Goulding’s cover of Elton John’s “Your Song,” the pop singer accomplishes just this.  Goulding, who mixed folk and electropop on her debut album Lights, here takes a simple approach, with just her convincing voice over simple piano and strings — but then again, she even admits, “It may be quite simple.”  However, it is this minimalistic approach allows the song to focus on Goulding’s voice and allows it to shine.  When she sings, “I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words/How wonderful life is while you’re in the world,” it doesn’t matter that Goulding was not, in fact, the one who put this emotion down in words.  But she does something more impressive on “Your Song”: she brings in own emotion to a song that is over forty years old.  Goulding injects her love and warmth into the song, and truly makes it her own.