First Listen Review: Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide)
Ed Sheeran‘s third studio album ÷ (Divide) was released today. The deluxe edition of the album has sixteen songs (four more than the regular edition) and no features, which isn’t unusual for the English-born singer. Here are my reactions from my first listen. I’ve also given each song a ranking out of ten.
Eraser is the first song on the album. It reminded me of Sheeran’s song “Take It Back” with the rap-esque delivery of the verses. It sounds a little more produced than some of Sheeran’s previous songs. 8/10
Castle On The Hill
Since this song was released earlier this year as a single I’ve had multiple listens. The lyrics continue Ed Sheeran’s trend of personal storytelling that remains relatable. 7/10
The first few counts of this song reminded me of Rihanna’s “Love On the Brain” or an old blues song. The guitar solo amplified that blues feel. When I got to the first chorus I said, “Sing Ed, sang.” 7/10
Shape of You
I loved this song when it was released as a single. Apparently, everyone else did too since it broke streaming records on Spotify. This is one of the first Ed Sheeran songs you can’t really help but dance to in a none slow dance way. 10/10
This song felt more like a ballad than some of the other songs on the album. The violins are back too. Romantic and slow dance ready. 8/10
Ed must have secret dreams of being a rapper. This song has a little more bass than the other songs on the album. The violins are a nice touch on this one too, especially because he’s singing about an Irish girl. Shoutout to all the ladies from Galway who probably love this song. 10/10
Songs about ex-lovers being happier after you are bittersweet. It’s a beautiful song. The way Adele’s “Hello” made you think of an ex, this song does the same. 10/10
When he’s ragging on his ex’s new man and how she’s changed, Ed goes from romantic to real. This song reminds me of “Don’t” from his last album X (Multiply) in the way some of the lyrics made me go, “Oh, okay. Ed is pulling no punches.” 8/10
Hearts Don’t Break Around Here
Another song without a lot of extra add-ons like violins and such. Nice, but not a stand out for me. 8/10
What Do I Know?
This song is a bit simpler than the rest. It’s mostly Ed and a guitar. The message of changing the world through love, music, and positivity is nice. This is a good song, but I didn’t love it. 6/10
How Would You Feel
The first time I heard this song it was the acoustic version Ed released on YouTube. The studio version isn’t much different beyond the backing vocals and extra instruments. This is another “play this at my wedding” kind of song. I can imagine this being featured in a young adult rom-com movie. We get another bluesy guitar solo too. 10/10
Ed, a piano, and all the feels. This song is a tribute to Sheeran’s grandmother who passed away near the end of the album’s completion. It’s beautiful. 10/10
If there are any romance movies based in Barcelona, they need to add this song to the soundtrack. This is a fun and upbeat song. 10/10
Bibia Be Ye Ye
This song makes me feel like I’m about to go on a Caribbean vacation. Still not sure what the title means even after hearing it in the song. 9/10
Note: Ed worked on this song with music producer Fuse ODG while in Ghana. There it means “all will be well”.
This song made me want to go look up Sheeran’s family tree. I’m assuming he’s singing about his grandmother from his grandfather’s point of view. It’s a cool idea for a song. The music definitely spoke to Ed’s Irish heritage. 8/10
This song is the kind of song I love from Ed; piano and lyrics that make you a little emotional. It’s relatable because we all have that person or people that we put before ourselves sometimes and it can take a toll on our well-being at times. 10/10
Ed Sheeran is back!
I loved this album and it will definitely be on repeat. The mix of simple songs and ones that were a little more produced threw me off at times, but the journey songs like “Barcelona”, “Bibia Be Ye Ye”, and “Nancy Mulligan” took me on were fun. I am a fan of Ed’s acoustic and more emotional songs. That’s why “Save Myself” and “Supermarket Flowers” are my favorites from ÷ (Divide).
It’s clear that Ed was trying to have a mix between his acoustic roots and some of the more popular hits like “Shape Of You”. The problem was that beyond the ones that grabbed me because of the emotional lyrics, the songs that had less going on didn’t stand out to me the way the other songs on the album did. Overall, Ed’s third album is a strong body of work. There wasn’t a song that I didn’t like. I just wish he did a better job of joining his acoustic style with the bigger sound of the stand-outs. If you’re going to buy the album I recommend the deluxe edition because those four additional songs are some of the best.
What do you think of Ed Sheeran’s latest album?
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