One year ago, Italian tenor Andea Bocelli released Sì, his 16th studio album and his first in 14 years comprised of original music. The album was a big hit, especially for classical music, in part thanks to its crossover appeal. The album saw Andrea collaborate with a few well-known pop stars, including Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, and Josh Groban. Next month, Andrea will re-release the album as Sì Forever (The Diamond Edition), featuring four new songs and one updated track. Among them is his latest collaboration, “Return To Love” featuring Ellie Goulding.
The song opens gently with serene piano. Andrea Bocelli sings the first verse in Italian, describing a time when he turned away from love. Ellie Goulding joins in on the chorus, sung primarily in Italian except for the titular first line. The name says it all: They found someone new worth returning to love for. Ellie takes the lead on the second verse, almost entirely in English now. Andrea harmonizes with her in its latter half and into the next chorus, also sung in English this time. “Return To Love” continues to crescendo until its climatic bridge and impactful last chorus. It ends as softly as it began, sustained strings fading away. It’s a beautiful, powerful song, and a perfect pairing in voices.
The music video for “Return To Love” is simple but beautifully unifying. It opens with a view of the sweeping Italian countryside, Andrea Bocelli riding in on a black horse. We watch as he records his vocals in the studio, soon adding in footage of Ellie Goulding cutting her vocals in another studio across the continent in England. Scenes of London’s cityscape and Italy’s fields give the video space, while up-close shots of Ellie and Andrea bring you close to the lyrics.
Watch the music video for “Return To Love” below:
You can stream or download “Return To Love” from all the major music providers here. It will also appear on Andrea Bocelli’s upcoming album Sí Forever (The Diamond Edition). You’ll get an instant download of “Return To Love” when you pre-order the album from any of the major music providers. The album comes out on November 8th.
Sí Forever (The Diamond Edition) includes 15 songs, some of which were not on the 2018 release of Sì. Check out the full album tracklisting below:
- Alla Gioia (Ode To Joy)
- Return To Love (feat. Ellie Goulding)
- Un Reve De Liberté (French version of “Alli Di Libertà”)
- Ragazzo Mio (Danny Boy)
- Il Mare Calmo Della Sera
- Dormi Dormi Lullaby (feat. Jennifer Garner)
- Amo Soltanto Te (feat. Ed Sheeran)
- If Only (feat. Dua Lipa)
- Fall On Me (feat. Matteo Bocelli)
- Miele Impuro
- Gloria The Gift Of Life
- I Am Here (English version of “Sono Qui”)
- Ave Maria Pietras (feat. Aida Garifullina)
“Alla Gioia (Ode To Joy),” “Return To Love,” “Ragazzo Mio (Danny Boy),” and “Il Mare Calmo Della Sera” are all new to the updated release of Sì. “Dormi Dormi Lullaby” featuring Jennifer Garner is an updated version of the original solo song, “Dormi Dormi.”
Update 10/11: “Return To Love” now comes with an intimate lyric video:
Ellie Goulding’s Classical Side
Although Ellie Goulding is known for her pop songs – ranging from “Lights” to “Burn” to “Love Me Like You Do” – she also has a classical side. In fact, she recently revealed that she’s making a classical album!
— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) June 26, 2019
In a recent interview with PAPER, Ellie elaborated:
I just love classical music, so it’s a classical record inspired by the composers I love, and all the composers who have made mostly contemporary work. It’s just my voice, on songs me and my friends have composed together.
It’s unclear when we’ll get to hear this classical record, and it may be a while before we get to hear Ellie’s it. She’s currently recording her upcoming 4th studio album – a pop album – expected out in 2020. “Return To Love” is a wonderful preview of how her own classical album may sound, and with any luck, we may get to hear it in the next few years.
Ellie Goulding’s Next Album
Ellie Goulding has been teasing a new album for a couple of years now. In addition to describing it as a continuation of her Halcyon sound, Ellie has also released several new songs in the past 10 months. So far we’ve gotten “Close To Me,” “Flux,” “Sixteen,” and “Hate Me,” not to mention three soundtrack songs and now this collaboration with Andrea Bocelli. But even so, her actual album is still nowhere to be seen. Luckily, Ellie does have an update on her album progress and how it will sound. Rest assured, her new music is powerful and worth the wait.
Ellie’s long-awaited new album will serve as the follow-up to her 2015 record, Delirium. While we don’t have a title, tracklist, or release date for the forthcoming record, we expect to find out more in the coming months. In an interview in October 2018, Ellie did reveal how the new music will sound. She said that most of the songs she’s written are quite sad, written about things that have built up over the years. Luckily they’re “not reflective” of how Ellie currently feels. In contrast to previous records, Ellie’s new songs talk about “quite specific things that have happened in my life, and something specific that happened to a friend of mine.”
Enjoy Andrea Bocelli and Ellie Goulding’s new song and music video for “Return To Love,” and get ready for more from both of them in the coming months. Andrea’s Sí Forever (The Diamond Edition) comes out on November 8th and is available for pre-order now. Ellie is preparing her upcoming 4th studio album, due out sometime in 2020. Keep checking back here for all the latest music news.