DI­VIDE

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Ed Sheeran Warner/At­lantic www.warn­er­mu­sic.com.au Ed Sheeran’s cat­a­logue so far is a math­e­ma­ti­cian’s dream. First off we had + ( Plus) in 2011 fol­lowed by

x ( Mul­ti­ply) in 2014. Sheeran has kept with that theme with his third al­bum ÷, or, more sim­ply, Di­vide. His cre­ative song­writ­ing well is show­ing no signs of dry­ing up. And he’s still only 25. Di­vide is full of ra­diofriendly tracks, no­tably the up­beat pop sound of ‘Cas­tle On The Hill’ with its big-im­pact cho­rus. Then there’s ‘Shape Of You’, a ca­lypso-styled song where Sheeran is seem­ingly in­fat­u­ated with his love in­ter­est’s fig­ure. He re­flects on his pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents’ roots on the Ir­ish-flavoured ‘Gal­way Girl’, and adds his rapid-fire rap to ‘Eraser’. The deluxe edi­tion of Di­vide in­cludes the dance­able ‘Barcelona’. It’s as good as, if not bet­ter than, Sheeran’s pre­vi­ous al­bums.

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