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ONLINE REVIEW: 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran

by Brianna Milon - 89.1 The Point
Mon, Mar 13th 2017 07:00 pm
Taken from Youtube.
Taken from Youtube.

If you didn't have any plans for spring break and you just listened to Ed Sheeran's brand new album the whole week, absolutely no one is judging you. Our little ginger British man has done it again.

His third studio album, Divide, dropped on March 3 and I have been dancing and crying simultaneously ever since. This album comes after his year long hiatus from social media and I think I speak for everyone when I say that I am so glad it's over. His two singles, "Shape of You" and "Castle on the Hill" preceded the album to prepare us for the awesomeness that was waiting for us.

"Shape of You" is currently number one on Billboard Top 40 and our hearts. The video follows a newly sculpted Sheeran around as he boxes with a beautiful black woman in a dingy gym. He always gives us a taste of his goofiness and we see it at the end of the video when he transforms into a sumo wrestler. That's really the only time you'll laugh when thinking of this album because everything else will just make you cry and/or dance.

The track "How Would You Feel (Paean)" is beautiful. The lyrics and melody just soothes you and make you wish Ed was singing this to you and only you. The same goes for "Perfect". Like his 2015 hit "Thinking Out Loud", I could see myself dancing at my wedding to these songs.

This album has international influences from Ireland, Spain, and Ghana. Songs like "Barcelona" and "Bibia Be Ye Ye" are songs you listen to when you need a pick me up and good music to move to. In "Barcelona", Sheeran is trying out his Spanish and it's the cutest thing I have ever heard. Dancing in Barcelona with Ed Sheeran is a dream that I feel like I am finally living when I listen to this track. "Bibia Be Ye Ye" means "all will be will" in Twi, a language spoken in Ghana. He wrote it with Fuse ODG, a native of Ghana.

It's one of the best songs on Divide.

I love that he has included such beautiful languages and cultures in the album and actually teamed up with natives. You hear Ireland in "Galway Girl" and "Nancy Mulligan". By the end of the songs you have already looked up how to do an Irish Jig to go along with them. Tracks like "Happier" and "Dive" slow it down and bring out the feels. "Happier" is about how an ex is happier with someone new. I don't know how that's possible, but it's okay.

Leave Ed free for me.

"Dive" is so full of emotion and soul. "Don't call me baby/Unless you mean it". These lyrics resonate with everyone who has been hurt before and has a hard time accepting just any kind of love again. This is so personal, but Ed gets even deeper with his songs "Supermarket Flowers" and "Save Myself".

"Supermarket Flowers" sounds like it is about his mother, but we learn in an interview that it is actually about his grandmother who was sick during the making of the album and died around the time that it was finished. "Save Myself" is about how sometimes you have to a little bit selfish and save yourself first before helping anyone else.

You go through almost every emotion when you listen to this album. He's going on tour this summer and you will find me in the middle section, where seats won't be too pricey, crying. I think Ed just keeps getting better and better with each album. I give it a 5/5 and I encourage everyone to go out and grab this ASAP. You won't regret it.

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