Review: Divide * (Because who DOESN'T love Ed Sheeran?)

Disclaimer: this cd was sent to me a little while ago, and I have been meaning to review it ever since. This was at my own request, and therefore, as always, what follows is my honest opinion.
Good Morning.-
Well, it wasn’t that long ago that Ed Sheeran made his return to music, having not released any new music for a year. (I know, I know, that was a long time!) For this post, I’ll be reviewing Divide (stylised by its mathematical symbol.)
Track listing for the Deluxe version:

  1. Eraser
  2. Castle On The Hill
  3. Dive
  4. Shape Of You
  5. Perfect
  6. Galway Girl
  7. Happier
  8. New Man
  9. Hearts Don’t Break Around Here
  10. What Do I know?
  11. How Would You Feel?
  12. Supermarket Flowers
  13. Barcelona
  14. Bibia Be Ye Ye
  15. Nancy Mulligan
  16. Save Myself

Whew!
Let’s go section by section:
Artwork/Booklet:
I like how the artwork is seemingly more stylised than Multiply, in that it’s very artsy; there are less photos of Sheeran, and far more graphics. (Lyrically also, there’s even a woman’s body for shape of you.) I also like how there’s actual lyrics-in an ACTUAL BOOKLET-rather than having highly edited photos of the artist. (Because I want to know what I’m singing along to, right?) I’m overall very impressed.
Songs:
There’s a wealth of them here; generally speaking, the longer an album is, the more I will enjoy it. It is almost akin to a book, almost a journal-going from one emotion to another-allowing for there to be more substance than there is style. (Always a bonus to me.) and there is swearing on this-a departure from X.
My favourite songs would have to Nancy Mulligan and Shape Of You. to me, these songs seem to signify a change of artistic direction-and have more of an edge than the romantic lost boy image, seemingly cultivated for the album prior. (Which is alright, but I do like to see a change at points. Besides, it gives us cool tunes like this!) Nancy Mulligan, whilst sentimental, suits Sheeran well, and I hope his grandmother is proud. It’s a beautiful song.
The only song that I didn’t like (please don’t troll me for this) would have to be Castle On The Hill. I also think that the album could have had a stronger opener than Eraser; to hear a song as serious was a bit of a shock to be honest.
Ed is back. And I’m so envious of anyone who has tickets. Overall, I rate this album 13/15, and recommend it as a gift. Click here to purchase it.  What do you think of Divide, by the way?
From one fan to another,
Lydia
XO

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8 Comments

  1. May 26, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing your review! I’m normally not too bothered about ed Sheeran but I loved this album! I agree about their being a stronger opening song than eraser, it’s definitely not my favourite! I think my favourite is Galway girl 🙂
    Tiffany

    • May 26, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      I loved Shape of you and Nancy Mulligan! More of an edge!

  2. May 26, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    I had this album on repeat for weeks! I think Shape of You is my fave song too.. I totally agree with you they could have picked a stronger opening song

    • May 26, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Maybe Shape Of You could have been? I love the edge it has 😀

  3. lablondevoyage4
    May 26, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    I am obsessed with this new album and have it on constantly on my Spotify 😂 Great review 👍🏻

  4. lolitambonita
    May 26, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    Well Shape of You was just a tune x
    Lola Mia

    • May 27, 2017 / 10:27 am

      That is a good point; I had it stuck in my head for weeks!

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