She’s a little bit pop, she’s a little bit electro and sometimes she whips out a guitar. So how exactly do you categorize British sensation Ellie Goulding? The answer to that question came Sunday night at a sold-out Fillmore, and it was a resounding “you don’t.” Her set played like a bumping dance party with some “MTV Unplugged”-style interludes, and, in a logic-defying twist, it worked.
Over the past few years, Goulding has cobbled together a diverse fan base on the strength of her kinda-electronic, kinda-indie, kinda-infectious smash single “Lights.” Thanks to “Lights,” the small-town girl from England has become the rare crossover act that unassuming mainstream consumers can enjoy without getting scoffed at by their more “discerning” friends. In October, Goulding released her second album, “Halcyon,” a dance-heavy trip through the darker, wilder places in the post-breakup psyche that features jarring, sputtering, often downright unpretty sounds juxtaposed with songbird vocals.