Top 40 single reviews

Ellie Goulding

Love Me Like You Do

Album: Fifty Shades of Grey sdtk

Year: 2015


             Ellie Goulding is in love in the delightful “Love Me Like You Do.”


             Shy synths open the single and swell, setting a burgeoning tone. Her lover can give her the perfect day and with one sour word, he can take it away. He is in with her, lighting her skin on fire and giving her life. He can end a bad mood with a smile and cause it by simply disappearing. She has memorized every curve of his body. It’s what she craves.  (“You're the light, you're the night/You're the colour of my blood/You're the cure, you're the pain/You're the only thing I wanna touch/Never knew that it could mean so much, so much.”)


                 In the pre-chorus, he is the one person who scares her the most. He pushes and challenges her to do things she wouldn’t otherwise do. Around him, though, she is able to get past it. She wants him to see the new her, the her he helped change and develop. (“You're the fear, I don't care/Cause I've never been so high/Follow me to the dark/Let me take you past the satellites/You can see the world you brought to life, to life.”)


               In the chorus, she places her hands on his chest and rests her head on his shoulder. He strokes her back and she faces him, giving him an intense look. (“So love me like you do, love me like you do/Love me like you do, love me like you do/Touch me like you do, touch me like you do/What are you waiting for?”)


              He is the one person she’s been wanting her entire life. No one will ever compare. She thinks of him and can’t even breathe. (“Fading in, fading out/On the edge of paradise/Every inch of your skin is a Holy Grail I've got to find/Only you can set my heart on fire, on fire.”)


               In the pre-chorus, he takes the lead. She doesn’t want to do anything to screw it up. She isn’t sure what she’s doing but it doesn’t bother her. (“Yeah, I'll let you set the pace/Cause I'm not thinking straight/My head's spinning around, I can't see clear no more/What are you waiting for?”)


                The chorus is sung again.


                 The pre-chorus is sung again.


             The chorus is sung twice to end the single.


              Goulding is unusually girlish and romantic. It seems as though she’s going to “squee!” just because. There’s any hint of darkness at all. It’s her first pure love song.


                  The song remains general without any specific mentions. There’s already a major distance created, which helps Goulding immensely. In the future, it could become a joke before she performs it in concert. Dakota Johnson may not be that lucky.


                   The lustrous “Love Me Like You Do” is the only salvageable thing that can found in the 50 Shades trainwreck.

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