Ellie Goulding: ‘Love Me Like You Do’ Single Review

Glamour (UK)
Glamour (UK)

The Fifty Shades of Grey craze was at its highest when the movie hit the theaters last February. As for the soundtrack, Ellie Goulding has been added. “Love Me Like You Do” is a beautiful song about the obvious love, but the music really amps up what could easily be a generic ballad.

I can always recognize the 27-year-old songstress’ voice, and this song was no different. I love the raspiness when she reaches high notes and it works very well with this song. The style in which she sings the verses does remind me of Sara Bareilles’, “Brave.”

Lyrically, the song is not complex and like the formula to other love songs, she compares her love to what is around her. The formula is to, of course, use as many metaphors that will describe just how large that love is. Ellie compares this love to day, night, pain, satellites and paradise. All practical things of love and nothing out the ordinary, but lyrically, it just works.

While I love her wordplay I can’t get over the hook. For me, that’s what really made the song. As the music increasingly got louder during that section, it was like a choir of “love me like you do” which became infectious. Repetition in songs could get annoying, but it tends to work and becomes catchy to the listener. I’ve gotten attached to the hook, and after playing the song a dozen times, I can’t help but to sing along.

Last year, as she performed at The Royal Variety Performance, Ellie did confirm that an album was coming in 2015. I couldn’t wait to hear her, and Delirium, which was released on November 6th, did not disappoint. The lead single, On My Mind, has been topping the charts since  its release in September, and I still can’t get enough of it.

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