The anticipation is finally over for Ed Sheeran fans who have patiently been waiting for new songs since X released in 2014. ÷ will leave listeners nostalgic for people they’ve never met and places they’ve never been. The album induces heartache, love and a desire to dance in the streets of Spain to the song “Barcelona”.
The Brit’s new album offers a variety of genres including club songs, love songs and Irish folk. Opening track “Eraser” delves into Sheeran’s small-town life and his transition from couch-surfer to millionaire. He raps, “I look in the mirror, questioning what I’ve become,” offering a glimpse into the artist’s struggle with his new founded fortune and fame.
An Ed Sheeran album would be incomplete without a song that leaves his listeners belting out heartfelt lyrics about love and loss. “Dive” is undoubtedly the breakthrough song on ÷, introducing a soulful and stripped down ballad that pulls on emotional strings. The chorus captures the blue-eyed singer’s ability to perfectly hit the high notes with his raw and raspy voice. This track will leave you clinging onto the love of your life, or wishing you had one.
Don’t be fooled by Sheeran’s boy next-door façade – he may seem like an outsider, but “Shape of You” is a mainstream wonder. The Caribbean-themed track is everything you would expect from a 2017 pop single, it’s infectious and Sheeran’s talent for guitar looping creates the perfect dancing atmosphere.
÷ is Sheeran’s re-introduction to the music scene, with tracks that fall far from his previous work. But Sheeran’s ability to expand his music by taking new risks has allowed him to break barriers, musical charts and even some hearts.
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