By now the world knows Ed Sheeran is back and releasing his third studio album. After a year travelling with no phone or social media, the body of work he’s called Divide, in keeping with his mathematics approach to human chemistry, has finally been released. Ed teased a few tracks in Shape of You, Castle on the Hill and more recently How Would You Feel & Eraser, and sat comfortably at number 1 for the past couple of months, being only dethroned by himself.
Our initial thoughts are how poppy this record is, using more basic chord patterns and stereotypical artificial backing tracks. However, the mix of flavours in here breaks up some of the potentially irritating songs, in particular Bibia Be Ye Ye & Save Myself. The degree of emotion and romance is unmissable, it’s clear Ed found or realised the love of his life around the time of writing this album. This is one for the couples, we’re predicting concert engagements and wedding songs all over the world off the back of this record.
In case you hadn’t realised from his ginger hair and pale skin, Ed has Irish roots and has definitely tapped into his Celtic background on a few tracks. Galway Girl & Nancy Mulligan have a classic Irish feel with fiddles and singing about the Emerald Isle, unfortunately we’re not loving either. Strangely, Ed has also used a latino/hispanic meets Hawaiian island life sound on tracks Barcelona & Bibia Be Ye Ye, very unusual for him, but we absolutely love it!
Overall this is a solid album, there are some great tracks on here, there are some not so great tracks, but we do feel it’s missing some of the classic Ed traits, like some memorable riffs to drive some of the songs, similar to Thinking Out Loud & I See Fire previously, but there’s no doubt this album will break records and top the charts for a long time, unfortunately for Stormzy.
Favourite track: Save Myself