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ED SHEERAN Think­ing Out Loud

Asy­lum Records On his new sin­gle, Ed Sheeran has ba­si­cally taken Van Mor­ri­son’s Days Like This and rewrit­ten it as one of those go­daw­ful eter­nal love bal­lads so beloved of newly-wed cou­ples and teenage girls. The sen­ti­ments are, by turns, soppy (“Dar­ling, I’ll be loving you till we’re 70”), over­wrought (“Kiss me un­der the light of a thou­sand stars”) and kind of dis­gust­ing (“Will your mouth still re­mem­ber the taste of my love?”) Se­ri­ously, if this song was a race­horse it would be taken out­side and shot.

RYAN ADAMS Run to You (Bryan Adams cover)

For more than a decade, Ryan Adams has been tor­tured by the sim­i­lar­ity be­tween his name and that of a cer­tain rather un­cool Cana­dian rocker. (The for­mer once ejected a fan from a live show for jok­ingly re­quest­ing Sum­mer of ’69.) But now he’s de­cided to embrace it. The per­for­mance here only mer­its three stars, but Ryan’s ther­a­pist de­serves a five-star rat­ing.


BBC Mu­sic It’s one of the most beloved songs in the en­tire canon of popular mu­sic, yet the BBC’s star-stud­ded ren­der­ing of God

Only Knows doesn’t hit the mark for me. The prob­lem isn’t Ethan Johns’s ar­range­ment or the qual­ity of the con­trib­u­tors. But rather that the words “god only knows” and “en­sem­ble cast” are for­ever in­ex­tri­ca­bly as­so­ci­ated with the cringe­wor­thy air­port se­quence from Richard Cur­tis’s Love Ac­tu­ally. (Why is Prime Min­is­ter Hugh Grant trav­el­ling on a reg­u­larly sched­uled flight? And how does Liam Nee­son know what gate his son’s 10-year-old crush will be ar­riv­ing at? A par­tic­u­lar set of skills? NOTH­ING MAKES ANY SENSE!!

PINK FLOYD Louder Than Words

Par­lophone The clos­ing track from David Gil­mour & co’s forth­com­ing swan­song al­bum The End­less River is as long and un­event­ful as a wet week­end.

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