The one produced by Fred Again? Really????
Question: Could this ever have possibly worked? I don’t mean ‘could it have been better’ – of COURSE it could have been better, this is impossibly terrible. But while there are plenty of issues with Ed’s music, one of the biggest problems I always have is the disjointedness, bouncing between genres with little rhyme or reason. Adding about 25 other random artists ... read more
Ok, never mind, he's bad again
Okay, yep, this begins the downfall. It’s by no means the worst album I’ve ever heard, but Divide does follow this bizarre phenomenon where it has twice as many bad songs in any given genre as good ones. Eraser being an okay rap-oriented opener? Don’t worry, Galway Girl and New Man are HORRIFIC. Hearts Don’t Break Around Here being one of his better romantic ballads? Well, Perfect and How ... read more
I can't believe I'm enjoying this
Fuck it! It’s good! I like this album! It’s rough around the edges, and I still hate pretty much any romantic Ed Sheeran moments, but whatever. And I don’t think it’s any coincidence that Ed’s best project is his most rap and R&B focused, either. Bloodstream should’ve been this album’s A-Team, as far as I’m concerned, with its hypnotic grooves and excellent build, ... read more
Why the hell am I doing this.
This album being comfortably the second best album in his discography says a lot. Look, I actually think that the top 3 here are great; The A Team is a great depiction of drug addiction, Small Bump is emotional and sweet, and You Need Me is really fun. Beyond that, there’s not a ton to love. Ed’s performance on The City basically ruins what is actually pretty enjoyable production, and while I enjoy his ... read more