Ed Sheeran is back and his third album “Divide” (÷) builds on the two solid offerings of the past. A sense of vulnerability in Sheeran’s lyrics provides depth, showing us his skill at writing lyrics that speak to us all. Coupling his lyrics with his trademark winning musical formula provides another guaranteed chart topper.
The tease was worth the wait
Yes, Sheeran has been teasing us for the last couple of months with a drip feed of two instant hits, Caste on the Hill and Shape of You. Consequently, fans have been eagerly awaiting this album. The wait has been worth it. Sheeran has given us two of the best tracks in singles Castle on the Hill and Shape of You, however there are other solid offerings on Divide (÷) and we take you through the highlights.
My Sheeran Favourite – Castle on the Hill
Castle on the Hill is still in this writers view the stand out track from this album. The reference to “Tiny Dancer” gets me every time! The story is so true for so many of us. You relate to his lyrics about growing up, leaving home, making and losing friends and generally getting older with all the drama that comes with it.
Perfect hits us right where Thinking Out Loud did and is destined to be the new romantic anthem for all the lovers out there.
Of course there is a breakup song too, Happier. This track is for all of us that have had our hearts broken (or broken one). It’s a breakup anthem that needs to be listened to in a quiet place, preferably with a good red.
What Do I Know?
Catchy track What Do I Know? starts with a small foot tap and soon has your whole body feeling the rhythm and groove.
The only criticism of Sheeran and this album is that overall his sound is not dissimilar throughout. A trait that undoubtedly serves him well to sell albums, however doesn’t mean he reaches innovative new musical heights on this outing.
Despite this the album is still worth adding to your next road trip playlist.