Horses, shotguns, gambling, and some good old fashioned nudity.
We have the dress, the shirt, the denim and nothing.
Let’s break it down. We’ve got Ellie, who’s making some kind of revenge plot. Why? Well her new man “friend” has some verbally abusive tendencies. He’s loaded, but so are his dice. So what does Ellie do? She recruits a slick backup singer, and they saddle up, literally, and invade his casino, smash some stuff and shoot the rest.
“You don’t mess with love you mess with the truth.”
They step into his office where he’s counting cash.. because. The lights get smashed, and the red turns up. Next thing, the man is duck taped to his fancy chair and his cash is missing. Now Ellie is free, strutting the city on horseback with her friend. They ride off into the sunset making it rain, and going to the salon.
Even women who look like statuettes have problems.
And this one was solved.
So Ellie was looking for something casual, “You wanted my heart but I just liked your tattoos,” but ended up stuck with a rich guy. She gets sick of it, so she mounts up, trashes his business and takes his money. Sounds like a good divorce settlement if you ask me.
There’s a lot of good imagery here, a lot of cartoon clips to add a surreal edge to the video. The man is exaggerated in both expression and action, making it easy for any girl to connect him to one of their own exes, and yet he is unique enough that you can’t just replace him. He drinks, he cheats, he chooses shitty clothes for her to wear, he yells and gets angry, the works. He even creeps her when she’s looking in the mirror.
Right, so time to ruin his casino. Shoot out the lights and rob him semi-blind. In a weak position he tries to reason, knowing he’s defenseless. In this pitiful state, they leave, and his safe is barren. I guess he had it coming, but of course, this is a selfish act and also a rather illegal way to solve your problems. But of course it’s a metaphor. The video is very symbolic, but let’s cut to the lyrics.
The lyrics are very clean cut, which I though was odd, with early songs like Lights and Little Dreams being harder to decipher than hieroglyphs. The more I though about it the more sense it made, as her newer music has been pretty blatant, with songs like Burn, Figure 8, and You My Everything. This is natural progression.
On the downside, Ellie still seems to be only capable of writing about men. I’m sure she has other passions, and I would like to hear about that stuff too. That’s the only downside though, the lyrics are meaningful, catchy, and the non-Ellie backing vocals are on point.
I own all of Ellie’s studio albums, Lights, Halcyon, Bright Lights, and Halcyon Days.
I liked Bright Lights a lot. When I got Halcyon, I was rather disappointing. The album was quiet and boring the first time around, and I searched for something upbeat like was found on Lights. After I got used to the sound, I realized the ideas behind it were different, and I came to respect the new sound. Halcyon Days and some epic songs, CD2 rocking the pop singles Burn and Goodness Gracious as well as some drum and bass.
What I’m getting at here though, is that three songs were added to CD1: Ritual, In My City and Without Your Love. These songs were absolutely where I wanted Ellie Gouldings sound to go in the future. I wasn’t sure if I would see it happen though, as all of these song contained guest writers.
What we got with On My Mind was a mix between the Halcyon sound, what’s big in pop right now (Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean) and the sound I was craving from Halcyon Days. All in all, it’s a natural progression and I am more than satisfied. I hope to pick of the new album in a CD store when I have money.