After a year long hiatus from the spotlight, Ed Sheeran has returned to the music scene with his third studio album ÷ (Divide). It is an album that shows just how talented Sheeran is with songs ranging from piano ballads to hip-hop. The album has such a vast range in song styles that Sheeran can find a fan in any music genre.
Opening the album with “Eraser”, Sheeran reflects on what led him to being a celebrity and how he now uses alcohol as his “pain eraser” to forget all of his troubles. The album is already producing chart toppers with “Castle on the Hill”, a guitar-driven pop song destined to produce arena sing-a-longs , and “Shape of You”, a song that will make you get up and dance whenever you hear it.
In perfect Sheeran style, ÷ delivers to the listeners the type of love songs that rival John Mayer with “Dive”, “Perfect”, “Hearts Don’t Break Around Here” and “How Would You Feel (Paean)”, which even included a guitar solo by the aforementioned Mayer. The songs fill the same format of “Thinking Out Loud” and “Photograph”, previous chart topping love songs written by Sheeran, but even with that knowledge I can’t help but want to fall in love when I listen.
As any album isn’t complete without a few break-up songs, Sheeran sings on “Happier” that he truly misses his ex but just wants her to be happy now and hopes that her new boyfriend is doing that for her. Leaving behind his self pity, Sheeran brings forth bitterness and cockiness with “New Man”, a song that many are dubbing an ode to a f**kboy, stating how much he really hates his ex’s new boyfriend and that he knows it isn’t going to last.
There is one song on ÷ that stands apart from all the rest, however. It isn’t going to be a chart-topper and it surely won’t be played on the radio but that does not make “Supermarket Flowers” anything less than perfect. The song is an ode to Sheeran’s late grandmother, written from the perspective of Sheeran’s mother. As beautiful and heartfelt as the song is, it was nearly left off the album until, as Sheeran told interviewers, his grandfather turned to him at her funeral and said “You have to put that out, that has to go on the record.” If you purchase the deluxe edition of the album, another song dedicated to Sheeran’s grandparents “Nancy Mulligan” is featured.
The musical ability of Ed Sheeran mixed with his gorgeous lyrics creates the perfect algorithm for a hit album and ÷ is sure to bring in more listeners and maintain his already gigantic fanbase. Sheeran’s year-long hiatus clearly did him well, leaving him at the top of his game and giving him time to prepare to be one of the biggest artists of 2017 .
Pop/Singer-Songwriter | Atlantic Records