Divide and conquer
EXTREMELY famous and very loved but probably the least cool-looking pop star on the scene. That’s what makes him so cool though. Ed Sheeran’s latest album, Divide, has taken the world by storm. As of March 14, the release has already broken several Guinness world records: Fastest-selling pop album in the UK and all 16 tracks were in the UK’s Top 20 chart.
It’s any musician’s dream, yet Sheeran, who was on a year-long hiatus, makes it look oh so effortless. His Divide delivers as there’s something for everyone.
His songwriting skills are amazing, each track has its story and the record is a beautiful combination of joy and heartbreak, and life in general.
It’s all pretty relatable and no longer just cheesy love songs; Sheeran has really stepped up his game here and it’s possibly his best album yet.
The first single, Shape Of You, flooded the airwaves the moment it was released and became the most streamed track on Spotify in 24 hours with more than six million listens (defeating One Direction’s 4.75 million streams record for Drag Me Down in 2015). Shape Of You was my personal favourite back then but I’m genuinely spoilt for choice now.
One track that’s worth noting is Galway Girl, which Sheeran fought real hard to keep on the album. It celebrates his Irish roots and features a girl who refuses to conform to the rules of love. Very upbeat and fun. No surprise then that it has so far garnered 79 million streams on Spotify, one of the highest after Shape Of You and Castle On The Hill.
Another favourite is Dive, which, in my opinion, best showcased Sheeran’s amazing vocals. Although the instrumental beat reminded me of John Mayer’s Slow Burning In The Dancing Room, this tune is very well written and hits right at the heart.
“So don’t call me baby, unless you mean it, don’t tell me you need me, if you don’t believe it, so let me know the truth, before I dive right into you”, he sings during the chorus.
Singing aside, Sheeran’s rapping skills aren’t too shabby either. Although it’s probably not his best, he pulled it off like a champ in the opening track, Eraser.
The album closes with Supermarket Flowers, dedicated to his late grandmother. A very beautiful and delicate ballad depicting painful loss, Sheeran’s ability to portray so much love and emotion in his music is pure magic. Overall, Divide exceeded my expectations. It’s polished and very well executed. A melting pot of genres, the tracks evolve throughout the album and finishes perfectly.
I’d say take some time and just enjoy Divide: It’s worth every minute of your time! Now, let’s keep our fingers crossed on him making his way to KL at the end of this year!