Album Review: “Divide,” Ed Sheeran

Album Review: “Divide,” Ed Sheeran

IT’S FINALLY HERE!! After three years, the last of which was radio silence on his part, Ed Sheeran has released his third full-length album today. Over the last two months, he released “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You” as a double-single package while simultaneously announcing a new album to be released in March. These two songs, along with the third single “How Would You Feel (Paean),” have been on the top of several music charts. The three singles currently hold the top three spots on the ARIA Singles chart (Australia), which only one other musician has managed to do since the Beatles in 1964!

And in true Ed Sheeran fashion, Divide is a work of art. It’s a perfect blend of emotional tearjerker songs, raps, and upbeat themes. What I particularly like is that the album is a mixture of classic Ed sound and lyrics with more contemporary pop sounds, all while maintaining a distinct quality that instantly marks the music as Sheeran’s. “Shape of You” is the perfect example of this.

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Divide definitely marks a clear progression in Ed Sheeran’s path as a musician and in his sound. With each album he has become a bit bolder, more adventurous, and more experimental in terms of sound. I would say that Divide is his most experimental album to date. You have his original sound, contemporary pop strains, and most interestingly, various worldly sounds. You have African music strains in “Bibia Be Ye Ye,” Irish folk music in “Nancy Mulligan”–which Ed has called “a Gaelic rap rack”— and Spanish guitar in “Eraser,” to name a few.

My personal favorites are “Galway Girl,” “Shape of You,” “New Man,” and “Castle on the Hill.” I also love how “Dive” musically sounds a bit like “Tenerife Sea” (X) but with very different lyrics.

If you haven’t listened to the album yet, do it now!! You can stream it below or click here to listen to Divide right on Spotify. ♫


If you’ve already listened to it, comment your favorite tracks and what you like/dislike about Divide! And if you have any differing thoughts on anything I said, feel free to voice them in the comments–I’d love to talk with other fans! ALSO: If anything I wrote is incorrect factually, please correct me and give a correct source so I can go back and fix it! (I acknowledge I’m not perfect and all-knowing, I just do my best to get things right!)


Like what you hear? Go follow Ed Sheeran on Spotify, and check out his website for more info about his music, related news stories, and future shows! You can also follow Ed on  FacebookInstagram, Twitter, and add him on Snapchat (teddysdaytoday), and subscribe to his YouTube for more videos! If you like what you read here, then give this blog a follow–and click here for links to my social media, which you can follow for regular updates on future blogs! If you’re a band looking for a promotion opportunity, feel free to email me for consideration for a future post.


Sources:

The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/mar/03/ed-sheeran-divide-review

Billboard: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7710058/ed-sheeran-divide-album-release

ARIA Singles Chart: http://www.ariacharts.com.au/charts/singles-chart?chart=1U50

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