Ed Sheeran - +
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Based on 6 reviews
2011 Ratings: #722 / 920
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Based on 258 ratings
2011 Ratings: #300
September 20, 2011 / Release Date
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Warner Bros. / Label
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The most positive aspects of Sheeran's debut are alright at best. His consistency is jumbled, but his best snippets will catch any passing ear. Nothing wrong with a record that's just okay, but his painfully stretched out syllables and hastily crammed lyricism dilutes any sort of poppy or stoic (somewhat lifeless) rhythm he has going in the moment. He tries to differentiate himself with occasional hip-hop flavors and "because I said so" arguements, but he ends up coming across like a ... read more
The best thing Ed Sheeran ever did was trick people into thinking he was a decent songwriter.
On his solo debut, Ed Sheeran uses painfully bland and shallow melodies matched with decent songwriting to create a fairly forgettable pop album. Really wasn't any tracks that I particularly loved but there were some I thought were decent. Songs like: Grade 8, Small Bump, and This City all showed the early stages of Ed's songwriting particularly well. But overall, the album was very forgettable and slow, despite Ed's sometimes solid lyricism.
Ed Sheeran’s debut album is mostly more of the same, though there are moments where he deviates from that sound and it can be at least a bit more interesting. I’m still surprised that “The A Team” was Ed’s first hit on the pop charts, given its subject matter. I also get the feeling he took some influence from the UK hip-hop scene that was happening around him at the time, judging from the rapping cadences he uses throughout the album. Sometimes it can be ... read more
Bland and forgettable pop music that is generic and shallow. Oh and please don't rap Ed.

Best Track: The A Team
Worst Track: You Need Me, I Don't Need You
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Track List

  1. The A Team 
  2. Drunk 
  3. U.N.I. 
  4. Grade 8 
  5. Wake Me Up 
  6. Small Bump 
  7. This 
  8. The City 
  9. Lego House 
  10. You Need Me, I Don't Need You 
  11. Kiss Me 
  12. Give Me Love
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Added on: November 29, 2011