The month of March saw the long-awaited and highly anticipated release of Ed Sheeran’s new album ‘Divide’, two years after his last album ‘Multiply’ (2015). Throughout the past few years we have seen and watched Sheeran grow within himself and his music, the smooth and melodic tone of his songs have proven rewarding as the singer-songwriter is now known as one of the biggest pop/acoustic stars in the world.
At the start of 2017, the Suffolk-based singer decided it was time to tease us with the singles ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle On The Hill’, shortly followed by ‘How Would You Feel (Paean)’ and ‘Eraser’ – four songs that were completely different from one another but still held that amazing melodic tone that Sheeran brings in every record he has released.
After listening to each track I felt Sheeran had used this album to express a more Irish Folk feel to his work instead of having the mainstream acoustics that he is most commonly known for. The mixture of styles varying from rap to folk on the album is so refreshing to listen to. Don’t get me wrong, tracks like ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Dive’ still represent Sheeran’s past music style.
And it wasn’t just me who was impressed. Every track from Sheeran’s album have all made the U.K. Top 40, something which has broken a record. Never has an artist managed to have every song from an album in the charts which shows that the United Kingdom are definitely huge fans of the album. The vast amounts of attention worldwide are even more of an achievement, with ‘Divide’ being streamed 6,868,642 times on Spotify in the first week that it was released – how amazing is that!?
In my overall opinion I see ‘Divide’ as Sheeran’s best album to date but I truly believe his next releases can and will be even better each time. I can honestly tell you that ‘Divide’ has not disappointed. Mr Sheeran is back and greater than ever before.
You can listen to Divide (÷) now on Ed Sheeran’s Spotify and iTunes, or you can buy it from Ed’s official site.