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Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ Multiplies His Success

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Ed Sheeran has finally released his new album ÷, after a year of isolation from the musical world. Even though he did release a couple of great singles at the beginning of the year, all his followers knew something big was about to be dropped. They were not wrong.

The songs on this album make you want to smile, cry, fall in love and all at the same time. The meaning of the lyrics and how heartfelt they are just makes you want to listen to them over and over again. And that is exactly what I have been doing for the past few days.

As the devoted Ed Sheeran fan that I am, this album has been my only recent playlist on my Spotify. I have to admit that I was not sure about what to expect from it since both of the singles were happy songs with no heartbreaks involved, which is kind of his trademark. Needless to say, once I deeply listened to all the songs, I realized what a masterpiece this record is. All the lyrics in the songs connect perfectly and the music flows with the words, making you feel every emotion you are capable of feeling at the same time.

This album has become part of my day-to-day routine. It has been playing non-stop on my headphones. It has taken over my life.

I really enjoy all the tracks in the album. These 12 songs are an accurate representation of what this singer-songwriter is capable of achieving. His wide musical range includes but it is not limited to, ballads, happy upbeat tunes or songs that resemble Celtic music. There are no two songs that are alike. Each one has a touch of his personality. It is almost guaranteed that you will love at least one of the tracks. His ability of dominating such diverse styles is just more proof of what an amazing artist he is.

Songs that slap you in the face with the deep meaning of their lyrics are my favorites and this album definitely has some of them. Listening to the artist’s voice talking about his own experiences and struggles really make you appreciate his talent. Statements like “A life with love is a life that has been lived”, “So before I save someone else, I have  got to save myself” or “I feel safe when you are holding me near/Love the way that you conquer your fear” just make my heart melt. Some songs make me want to dance and go on night adventures because of the happy, positive sensations they transmit, while others make me want to fall in and out of love so I can relate with the level of sorrow he is able to put into words and a melody.

However, one of the few flaws that I could find on the album, leaving my internal screaming fan aside, is how some of the sad songs sound like the ones he has already released in previous albums. I guess that the “heartbreak” theme can be used up to an extent and after that point, it gets slightly repetitive. Although all the songs are great, some of the lyrics in a couple of songs are slightly childish. Nonetheless, I believe that some “easier” meaning of the songs is nice every once in awhile so people do not only see the world as a gloomy, dark place.

I have devoted my daily playlist to this album, and I plan of doing this until I get sick of it (spoiler alert: this is not happening in the near future). I highly encourage everyone to listen to it, at least one of the songs will stick with you.

 

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Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ Multiplies His Success