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"No.6 Collaborations Project" Ed Sheeran

by Courtney Deeren - Lifestyles Editor
Tue, Sep 24th 2019 10:00 pm

Summer 2019 was a host to many new releases, both in TV/ movies and music. One of my most anticipated releases of the summer was Ed Sheeran’s “No.6 Collaborations Project.” As a long time fan of Sheeran I was expecting his next album to be something totally different. With the release of “No.6 Collaborations Project” however, it left me with a pretty big question. Following the release of his “No.5 Collaborations Project” in 2011, back when he was trying to get signed with a label, I am wondering where No.1-4 Collaborations Projects are.

Since the release of two singles from the album in May 2019, I have been waiting to see what else was to come. The first single “I Don’t Care,” was a decent song, but it did not really leave me wanting more of that specific sound. Featuring Justin Bieber, it was too similar to much of the other pop music today. But with the next single “Cross Me” featuring Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock the album was redeemed. 

After another single released in June featuring Khalid, and with two more in July I was effectively excited for the full release later that month. I really enjoyed the song and accompanying music video for the song featuring Khalid. “Beautiful People” is Sheeran’s way of pushing back against the often pretentious actions of stars. 

One of the more interesting collaborations came through the song “BLOW,” featuring  Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars. I did not like this song when I first heard it, but it has a way of growing on you.

This album was packed with big names in the music industry, and was impressive to say the least. Featuring current artists like Camila Cabello, Cardi B,  Meek Mill, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and all the aforementioned artists, Sheeran also added in some former big names, still known in the industry today such as Eminem and 50 Cent. 

My favorite songs however, came from collaborations with Travis Scott and popular UK artist Stormzy. “Antisocial,” featuring Scott, surprised me the most. Personally his music is a hit or miss and while I like some of his songs it took time to really come to like them. That being said, I was not surprised in the least and was actually very excited to see Stormzy on the featured list. 

I had been listening to Stormzy quite a bit on a grime playlist on Spotify, so I knew when I saw his name it was bound to be good. It did not disappoint. This song felt like some of Sheeran’s original music. Early on he seemed to consist of mostly singer/ songwriter, coffee shop music or grime inspired sounds. While the singer/ songwriter sound did not really appear much in this pop heavy album, “Take Me Back to London” got Sheeran back to his grime roots. 

Overall I enjoyed the album and although there were some songs I do not fully love, I still listen to them and I think the album as a whole is a pretty strong piece of work. If you are a fan of Sheeran or any of the artists featured this album is definitely worth a listen, if for nothing other than to see how the artists come together and blend in a really interesting and unique way. 

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