Ed Sheeran - X
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2014 Ratings: #837 / 956
User Score
Based on 412 ratings
2014 Ratings: #510
Liked by 5 people
June 23, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Asylum / Atlantic / Label
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While I do think that Ed has certainly improved here from +, he still does have a long way to go. X is far more pop-focused with much catchier songs some alright and some are just awful. My biggest complaint here is definitely the rapping, Ed is not a rapper nor should he ever try it, it's corny and utterly cringe-worthy.

Best Track: Thinking Out Loud
Worst Track: Don't
Following a few mediocre and below-mediocre releases, Ed brings his vivid songwriting to a new meaning and actually writes some genuinely passionate songs. Most of the stuff on this album is what Ed is most credited and recognized for. Many songs have defined this decade's pop sound. I liked it. I thought it was a pretty solid release, considering my low views on his previous projects. This is most definitely Ed's best album.

Strong 6/10
The saddest thing about Ed Sheeran is that he's often praised for being a "songwriter" for his own music because his lyrics are actually pretty bad. Truthfully, though, outside of his singles there's NOTHING redeemable about his music. This album belongs alongside Adele's last two albums and Taylor Swift's 1989 in the SUVs of soccer moms nationwide.
"x", while a bit better in that regards, feels like a repackaged "+." I honestly expected much more variety. There are a few gems scattered that you don't even need to find (the hit songs). Other than that, the whole album feels like a bloated mess of trying that tries to capitalize on many people's lack of regard to content in exchange of popularity and marketability. There is nothing cohesive, new, or substantial in this album whatsoever.
Hits are pretty
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Track List

  1. One
  2. I'm A Mess
  3. Sing
  4. Don't
  5. Nina
  6. Photograph
  7. Bloodstream
  8. Tenerife Sea
  9. Runaway
  10. The Man
  11. Thinking Out Loud
  12. Afire Love
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Added on: May 3, 2014