By the time you read this article, it is most likely that this album has already been publicised by every other single media entity off the face of the earthâ€¦ How am I not surprised when we are talking about the third full-length release of the one and only, Ed Sheeran? As you know by now, the Grammy Award-winning carrot top is back and is laying it all out â€“ which is the least he can do after that one- year hiatusâ€¦ Why, thanks Ed!
The 16-track album is a smorgasbord of musical taste, ranging from Celtic folk, hard-hitting pop, hip-hop, and who would forget, Sheeranâ€™s signature serenadesâ€¦
â€˜Eraserâ€™ starts it off with rapid lines about Edâ€™s upbringing, and so far journey as an artist who constantly seeks balance in a matter of catchy acoustic loops; while â€˜Castle on the Hillâ€™ continues the reminiscent tone of the album with its lyrics and chorus of glory that makes you want to raise your hands high up in the air. â€˜Diveâ€™ slows down the pace with this enduring ode to honesty, and is immediately brought back up with the leading single and certified head banger â€˜Shape of Youâ€™. Right after, Sheeran serenades with the song â€˜Perfectâ€™, a song that he dedicates to his childhood sweetheart and love of his life, Cherry Seaborn. â€˜Galway Girlâ€™, which contains an unusual but workable mix of Celtic folk and hip- hop, transcends and makes you want to dance at your nearest pub.
Contrasting each other in tonality however their themes talk about a past lover is â€˜Happierâ€™ and â€˜New Manâ€™; while â€˜Hearts Donâ€™t Break Around Hereâ€™ delivers the exact opposite of emotions. â€˜What Do I Know?â€™ follows and is an anthem of love & positivity â€“ something that is very much needed in the world we live in today.
Following these is â€˜How Would You Feel (Paean)â€™, one of the treasures of this album, with a noticeable guitar solo by guitar hero and good friend, John Mayer; and is succeeded by the emotionally-charged â€˜Supermarket Flowersâ€™ â€“ a song dedicated to Edâ€™s late grandmother â€“ which will not fail to shed a few tears down your face (prepare those tissues!).
The album then takes an up turn with the fiery, â€˜Barcelonaâ€™, summer grooved, â€˜Bibia Be Ye Yeâ€™ and folk-based, â€˜Nancy Mulliganâ€™ and slowly closes with the contemplative, â€˜Save Myselfâ€™ â€“ a song of importance and realization of self worth. In its entirety, this LP is everything a certified Sheerio has ever wished for and more. Ed always had a way with lyrical storytelling; a skill that never fails to put listeners in his shoes and have them take a walk (or run) in them.
It is set to be a great year for Ed Sheeran and we cannot wait to see what he will be up to next â€“ according to our sources, a world tour is coming up real soon! He might have left people hanging for a while there â€“ but with an album like â€˜Divideâ€™; it makes you want him to take more sweet time offâ€¦ though of course, who are we kidding? We are ecstatic to have him back!