First and foremost, I have never written a review let alone an album review. This could be a little rough since I don’t know any of the terms or how to write one, but there is a first time for everything. Second, this is my opinion and everyone is entitled to their own. So without further ado may I present to you an album review.
This might be a little-biased considering I love Ed Sheeran. I saw him open up for Taylor Swift on her red tour and let me just say he is one of those artists who is better live. I really liked his old songs so when I first heard Divide I was disappointed. The disappointment didn’t last long tho because Ed is a lyrical genius. The album features a variety of tempos and types. There are plenty of songs you can dance to and there are plenty you can belt out the lyrics and wave a flashlight in the air.
Here are my thoughts on each song individually:
Eraser: This song came out a couple of days before the album. Except it was the live extended version and I was obsessed. I probably watched the lyric video 20 times that night trying to figure out the words. The song is unique and different from what I normally listen to and what is on the radio. The message of the song is also out there. Yes, a lot of people do write about the industry and maybe a little about how they get there, but none of it is quite like Ed. I really like this song, but if I had to choose between the regular and the live version, I would pick the live version.
Castle on the Hill: Where do I even start with this song? I love this song so much! It just gives me good vibes all around. Even though there are specific memories in Sheeran’s life mentioned you can still relate to it in a way. This is probably one of my favorite songs because it brings back some good memories in my mind and puts me in such a good mood.
Dive: This is the song you will catch me screaming at the top of my lungs the lyrics and tomorrow I won’t have a voice left. When I first heard this song I wasn’t in love with it, but I would just keep playing it and playing it and I love it now. The lyrics are something I relate to and I feel like most people can relate to too.
Shape of You: Shape of You is a decent song and before you bash me, give me a chance explain. It’s one of Ed’s most played songs at the moment because it’s fun and upbeat, but I just feel like Ed has so many other great songs on this album with a lot more meaning and better lyrics. I do love Shape of You and it’s a great song to listen to I just wish people would listen to the other songs Ed has written that show more who he is with his lyrics and music. Shape of You is obviously different from the other songs on the radio, but it’s just generic.
Perfect: Perfect just is so calming and happy. It makes you believe love is the most beautiful thing. You just want to find true love right then and there. This is one of the best songs lyrically and I love the instrumental. I also have this song on repeat all the time (aka the whole album on repeat).
Galway Girl and Nancy Mulligan: I normally do not like Irish folk music and Ed incorporates it a lot in this Album, but these songs are my jam. These songs tell a story which is really rare nowadays where people write about their feelings or some random memories mixed into one song. These songs are so upbeat and make me just want to dance.
Happier: If someone asked me what my favorite song on the album is I probably would not be able to pick. This is one of them, though. It is so emotional and calming. The best part about this song is the way Sheeran sings the word happier. I know that might sound weird, but it just makes the song come together I think.
New Man: I’m sitting in my science class on Friday after I listened to this song that morning and I’ll I have are the lyrics of this song running through my head. Of course, I only know like one part so it just keeps repeating the part of this song. This song is so original the way it is set up. The tempo is perfect to dance to and like most songs on this album it just puts me in a good mood.
Hearts Don’t Break Around Here and Save Myself: I haven’t listened to these songs much. Compared to the other songs they are slow. I don’t really like them that much. The songs again prove that Ed is a lyrical genius, but I just wish they were faster. When I’m listening to the album all these upbeat songs play and then there are these two so I skip over them. The slowness does provide variety to the album, though.
What Do I Know?: I really don’t know how I feel about this song. I relate to it in some ways and I don’t in others. It’s a good song, but for me to like a song most of the time I have to relate to it.
How Would You Feel (Paean): This song is slow, but I feel as if I can relate to it more. Ed really puts a nice spin on it. He talks about relationships and love, but instead of talking about the stereotypical breakup he talks about what happens before a breakup. He sings about the idea of telling someone you love them for the first time and I feel like that is a perspective that doesn’t get told much. Of course, we get the songs the say “I love you”, but we don’t get the message about the courage it takes to say that to someone.
Supermarket Flowers: By far one of the saddest yet most beautifully written songs ever. I cried throughout this song the first time I heard it. All I can say is well done, Ed.
Barcelona and Bibia Ye Ye: I love how different these songs are. Ed the king of singing in multiple languages as well as writing songs in multiple languages. These songs are also very upbeat and easy to dance too.
Overall this album is amazing! There are a variety of songs and it just is beautifully put together. Ed again showed us he is the king of lyrics. I already have this playing on repeat and will continue to play it non-stop. Divide is probably one of his best albums yet!