Divide is finally here and it doesn’t disappoint.
Hi guys, I’m back this week with a review of the most anticipated album 2017 thus far. Yes, I today I will be writing about the 3rd studio album by the ginger Jesus himself Ed Sheeran.
I wrote a blog post about my thoughts on this album a couple of weeks back, you can catch that here if you wanted to know my viewpoint on it pre-release; Divide pre-release thoughts.
I am going to be doing something I haven’t tried before and that is a track by track review. I will be going through each song sharing my views, my favourite lyric and last but not least giving it a rating between 1-5.
‘I may have grown up but I hope that Damian’s proud’
In this bold opener, we hear Ed recapping his journey to where he is now. I think it works really well in putting things into perspective and setting the scene for the rest of the album. I really enjoy the rapping with the acoustic guitar. As far as Eds opening songs go I think this one of his best, from the albums we have had ‘A’ team’ and ‘One’ neither of these songs have ever overly stood out to be however I feel he has done something clever with ‘Eraser’ and I cannot wait to listen to it some more
Castle on the hill
Singing to “Tiny Dancer”
I previously reviewed this when It was released as a single back in January but here is the copied and pasted review; Ed Sheeran described this song as a sort of love song to Suffolk which I think is really cute. The lyrics are about him growing up and focuses on various different stages in his life, he also sings about how he just wants to go home to see all the people who were part of him growing up. The song has a really chilled and lighthearted vibe throughout before it gets to what I could call a sadder part of the song and is about the realization of growing up where he sings about the situation his friends are in now with one’s brother overdosing and one barely getting by for example. Ed’s voice has really raspy moments at points that I really love as It is really raw. One part I am not too keen on is there are a couple of high notes at the end that am not really a fan of but it’s fine because the rest of the song is perfect.
‘I could fall or I could fly Here in your aeroplane’
The guitar solo is definitly one of my high points of the album. It’s a song I see being released a single which is a shame because it is a really good song and I don’t want it to get overplayed as Eds singles tend to do. However, I do think this is a really exceptional song and I really like when Ed strains his voice towards the end as it sounds intense and powerful. Overall this is a really well put together song and I can’t wait to see it live in May.
Shape of you
‘Put Van The Man on the jukebox And then we start to dance’
Again another one that I reviewed in January after its initial release as a single so I will just copy in my review from then; The song is basically about him loving the body of a woman and his attraction to her. I don’t care for this song as much as castle on the hill as I feel there isn’t much to it or behind it. But I totally respect that there has to be more mainstream radio friendly song.The production on this track and Eds voice are on point.It is the lead single from the album and it has been overplayed.
‘When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath But you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight’
This song is literally perfect. ‘Perfect’ is obviously Ed himself has said that he thinks this tops his number one ballad ‘Thinking out loud’ from his previous album ‘X’ and I think he has succeeded. This song is about Ed’s current girlfriend and it feels really personal and innocent.This was inspired by his hero Eric Clapton and is sure to be a first dance song for many weddings to come. Definitly one of my favourites.
‘acapella in the bar using her feet for a beat’
This song is an ode to Eds Irish heritage and was written with an Irish folk group. The song is about Ed’s grandparents relationship which I think is really nice as it proves he is staying true to his roots and is proud of his family’s history. This fast paced folk track is a really stand out song due to the change in genre. I love the track from start to finish and I can easily say it is high up in my top 5.
‘Nursing an empty bottle and telling myself you’re happier Aren’t you?’
This is when the album takes a sadder turn.We hear Ed sing about how he is heartbroken after seeing his ex with a new man. The melodic ballad is a song that grounds the album well and gives context to the next song. The production is kept to a minimum and these emotions are apparent throughout. Towards the end of the track, Ed tells this woman that if this new man breaks her heart that she can come back to him.
‘He’s got his eyebrows plucked and his arsehole bleached’
Now, this is where it get interesting. This song is obviously directly linked to ‘Happier’. This is basically just Ed realising how much of a douche his Ex’s new man is. The lyrics are so savage and the curious is super catchy. I love this song so much as it doesn’t take itself too seriously and is sort of nice to hear after happier to show that Ed did get over the breakup.Jessie Ware actually helped Ed write this song and I think that pretty cool.
Hearts don’t break around here
‘She is the lighthouse in the night that will safely guide me home’
I have to admit this song hasn’t grown on me too much, however, I still really love it. It is a minimalist singer-songwriter track that I feel is purely an album filler but I’m sure as I listen to the album more and the buzz dies down I will begin to play it more.
What do I know?
‘But lord knows everybody’s talking ’bout exponential growth And the stock market crashing in their portfolios While I’ll be sitting here with a song that I wrote Sing, love could change the world in a moment But what do I know?’
In this song, we get to hear Ed’s views when it comes to politics and the world in general. I really like this track because we are hearing a lot of artists speaking out on politics and their political views and Eds just sitting there like I don’t know much about politics but hey I wrote this song. I really love his positivity and laid back approach in this song. I feel it’s something we need in the world right now.
How would you feel (paean)
‘Watching the sunrise replace the moon’
This song actually came out a wear prior to the release of divide itself. I think this is a cute song about falling in love with Cherry, in fact, she brought this song to Ed’s attention after she found it in an email.I personally think this is very similar to ‘Perfect’ but nonetheless, it is a heartfelt track that is well put together but sounds effortless.
‘There’s a tear every time that I blink’
This is the last song on the standard edition of this album and it is a tearjerker. The song is written from his mothers perspective on his Nana’s death. It goes into the details of them clearing her room shortly after her passing. This song requires the listener to be concentrated on it to really take it in and understand it. I think it is extremely well written and the subtle piano complements Eds soft vocals perfectly.This is a sad song but also one I think a lot of people will be able to connect with on an emotional level and I think that is key in making people relate to an album.
DELUXE EDITION TRACKS
‘So let’s pretend we’re dancing in the street In Barcelona’
Woahhhhhhh… This song just makes we want to go to Barcelona and dance. The breathing at the beginning creeps me out a bit I’m not going to lie but the chorus is by far the best on the album. The Spanish verse at the end is impressive as well I’m trying to learn it but it isn’t going too well. I really hope he plays it live when I see him as I think it would be very special live.
Bibia Be Ye Ye
‘I was tired and fell asleep beneath an oak tree’
This is the track that a lot of people were excited for (including myself) mainly because it was written with Fuse ODG It is very similar to ‘Barcelona’ in my opinion but I still love it. I Like how Ed has tried a lot of different styles and worked with a lot of people to make it and I feel this song is a prime example of just that.
‘And we got married wearing borrowed clothes’
Another song was written about Ed’s grandparents which is super cute. This was the second song written with the Irish folk band and that is super evident by the tone. I really hope Ed continues to work with different people like this because it really works.
‘I drown it with a drink and out of date prescription pills’
Another lovely piano ballad to end the album. It pulls the whole album to a close effectively . I haven’t had too much time to listen this one purely because it is on the end of this lengthy album. It was co-written and produced by Labrinth and it works really well and I really hope they can collaborate again the the future.
Overall I am 100% in love with this album. I was genuinely worried that this album wouldn’t live up to Multiply but it definitely has. I’m really excited to see what Ed does with this album especially the live shows.
I really hope you enjoyed this post, I just wanted to speak about each song rather than just the album as a whole as I think there is so much contrast lyrically and stylistically.
Tweet me or comment down below with your thoughts on Divide, I would love to know what you all think.
See you in my next post, bye.