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What's so good?
By Amanda Koellner | Sep 05, 2013

UK indie pop princess Ellie Goulding is building quite the cover-song repertoire. She's lent her pipes to songs from the eclectic likes of Elton John, Alt-J, The Weeknd, Robyn, Bon Iver, Passion Pit, and then some. This time around, she gives Justin Timberlake's latest hit the Ellie treatment on BBC1's Live Lounge.

A sparse acoustic guitar and light piano backbone the track, crafting a far more delicate sound than the indulgent nature of the original. A trio of backup singers add soul to Goulding's vulnerable but controlled vocal performance, and the addition of a cajón player as the song progresses sets up the beat necessary for the track's fantastic breakdown.

It's a feminine take on one of today's biggest male pop stars songs, and in traditional Ellie Goulding fashion, she nails it.
Amanda Koellner

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