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Album Review: Ed Sheeran – Divide

4.5/5

What if your favorite artist disappeared from the Internet (and seemingly, the world) for an entire year, down to the exact minute? That’s exactly what Ed Sheeran did when he went into the studio to work on his third full-length record, Divide. The result is possibly the singer-songwriter’s best work to date.

The sixteen-track record kicks off with Sheeran’s signature acoustic-rap on stand-out track “Eraser” before diving into the album’s lead singles, “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You. No Ed Sheeran album is complete without a cliche, heart-wrenching tune – cue “Perfect”: “When you said you looked like a mess / I whispered underneath my breath / But you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight.” Did you swoon? I did.

Competing with “Afire Love” off of his previous release, X, for the Saddest Song Ever Award is “Supermarket Flowers, a song about losing his grandmother that you’ll struggle to listen to without shedding a few tears. As sad as the subject matter may be, Sheeran’s soft, emotional vocals and touching lyrics are designed to make the listener unafraid to feel.

Setting Divide apart from its predecessors + and X, Sheeran’s brought in some new influences. Sheeran tries out Spanish on “Barcelona” and allows Irish music to set the tone for “Nancy Mulligan” and “Galway Girl.

One of the more fun songs on the record, “New Man” pokes fun at an ex-lover’s new love in possibly the most relatable song Sheeran’s ever put out. “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.”

Even Ed Sheeran doesn’t want to be caught creeping on an ex-lover’s Instagram, even with a rock-solid new album under his belt. But I’m just going to call it her loss.

Recommended Tracks:

“New Man”, “Galway Girl”, “Perfect”, “Supermarket Flowers”

Original Post by Allison Lanza

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