Ed Sheeran is English singer/songwriter from Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. He attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey, as an undergraduate from the age of 18 in autumn 2009. In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project, which caught the attention of Elton John and Jamie Foxx
In 9 September 2011 he released his debut album +(plus). + was ok album, little bit bland and kinda cheesy, but still decent debut album. It had a lot of potential but it was wasted sadly. After + Ed Sheeran’s career was becoming bigger and bigger. He got nominated for Grammy with “A Team” and he appeared on Taylor Swift’s album called “Red”
His second studio album, x (read as “multiply”), was released on 23 June 2014.It peaked at number one in the UK and the US. In 2015, x won the Brit Award for Album of the Year, and he received the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year. His single from x, “Thinking Out Loud”, earned him two Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremony: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. As part of his world tour, Sheeran played three sold-out concerts at London’s Wembley Stadium in July 2015, his biggest solo shows to date.”x” was much better album than “+” which can be proven with songs like “Don’t”,”I’m Mess” and “Sing”. Those songs are easily one of the best songs of 2015.
After that Ed Sheeran went on little hiatus and in end of the 2016 he announced his third album “÷”(Divide). So is “÷”(Divide) any good?
Yes,this album is pretty good. What? You disagree? Let me explain. Album opens up with amazing song called “Eraser” in which we hear Ed actually rapping and guess what? He actually did it very good. When I heard the song for the first time his delivery reminded me of Tyler Joseph from Twenty One Pilots. Even though I was never big fan of Twenty One Pilots I liked the song a lot.
Then we get to the one of the best songs of the album “Castle On The Hill”. I have already reviewed this song more in depth so I will not talk much about it. If you wanna read more in depth review you can read it here
From opening rhythm guitar that sounds like its taken from Shut Up And Dance by Walk The Moon to great Ed’s vocals, “Castle On The Hill” has a lot to offer. Bass line and rhythm guitar match very good. Chorus is great too and in that part Ed is showing how good singer he is. Bridge of the song serves as great build up for final chorus where goes full ham mode with his vocals. I have listened to this song more than 10 times and I have not found single thing that I do not like about it. This song is masterpiece, by far Ed’s best song.
After “Castle On The Hill” we get to the “Dive” which kinda reminds me of “Thinking Out Loud” which is pretty good if you ask me. Lyrics are very romantic which matches with slower instrumentation very good. Guitar solo is also pretty good which makes this song sound much better.
Next one is “Shape Of You”, currently most popular song. I do not have to say about this song but I will say this. “Shape Of You” is absolutely fantastic. Amazing synths with equally amazing Ed’s vocals is what makes this song sound great. Backing vocals give this song a lot bigger sound and that acoustic guitar before final chorus is great too.
Just like last two albums this album also had to have at least one very cheesy song. That song is “Perfect”. Even though this song is pretty cheesy that does not mean that it can not be good.
“Perfect” is followed by “Galway Girl” which is again fantastic song. This is pretty fun upbeat song with bunch of interesting things. Nice fiddle sounds very good when its paired with equally nice acoustic guitar. Ed’s performance is one of the best on whole album. This is overall pretty good song.
At this point album is kinda getting to sound generic and unoriginal. It feels like Ed run out of ideas for the songs, but thankfully there are some songs that do not fall under that umbrella that are about to come. Happier is one of those “generic” songs. It uses most used phrases in pop music like “nobody loves you like I do” and “nobody likes you like I do”. Thing that kinda saves this song is instrumentation.
And then we get to the worst song of the album “New Man”. Lyrics of this song are extremely creepy
But still, I’m just keeping it real, still looking at your Instagram and I’ll be creeping a little
I’ll be trying not to double tap, from way back, cause I know that’s where the trouble’s at
This is just ew…Instrumentation kinda saves the song. Acoustic guitar plays big part in that.
Remember how I said that there are songs that do not fall under that umbrella of generic songs? “How Do You Feel” is that song. I already reviewed this songs so I will not talk much about it. If you wanna read more in depth review of “How Do You Feel” you can do it here
Every part of instrumentation of “How Do You Feel” goes well with each other.I simply love how this song opens up. From amazing acoustic guitar to equally amazing piano this song has beautiful instrumentation.Instrumentation is actually better than instrumentation of “Castle On The Hill”. Then we get to that beautiful guitar solo that somehow reminds me of Pink Floyd. Even though I have quite distaste for Pink Floyd and prog rock in general I cannot deny how great that guitar solo actually is and how perfectly rounds up this song.
Album ends up with “Supermarket Flowers”. This song sounds like most of other songs with one exception. Instead of guitar this song has beautiful piano and on top of that equally beautiful Ed Sheeran’s vocals. My only problem with this song is again that it is kinda generic. It kinda sounds like every other piano ballad.
This is pretty good album. If you like romantic Ed Sheeran you will like this album even more. I would definitely recommend this album. This album gets strong 7/10.
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