Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do

British synth-pop songstress Ellie Goulding released her newest single ‘Love Me Like You Do’ – taken from the highly anticipated movie adaptation of erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey – on February first, following the release of the music video last month.

The second single from the OST, Love Me Like You Do, is an intimate, drum-heavy power ballad. The track opens with a dreamy, romantic vibe – the slight echo on the vocals providing a haunting, ethereal edge – leading into a dynamic and compelling synth-led chorus.

Goulding’s delicate yet powerful vocals are flawless as always. The verses are understated and bold – which creates a sense of intimacy – the bridge gives listeners a glimpse into her captivating higher range, and the swelling chorus ratchets up the power.

The overall mood of the song is an atmospheric and sensual one. The pounding drums and romanticism of the synth-led chorus, marries the foreboding sense of danger and desire perfectly, creating a darkly romantic tone – rather fitting, considering the film it’s taken from.

Captivating and addictive – I can’t get enough of it.

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