Ellie Goulding is as malleable a vocalist as her voice itself is distinctive: her paper-moon iced-out soprano conforms to any style she wants it to while still rendering all her tracks unmistakably stamped. She has a history of going very slightly outré for her covers (previously, she's nailed the Weeknd, Alt-J, James Blake and more) and here she goes back to to Top 40 territory, covering Hozier's ubiquitous, bombastically mournful breakout hit: she switches the heavy beat for a gasping synth pulse, and it's nice to hear her skipping, delicate low range.

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