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Ed Sheeran Stays True to His Roots with Release of ‘Divide’

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By Mia Capuno, Staff Writer

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With such an influential voice, Ed Sheeran shapes the very sound of acoustic pop music today. Instantly breaking Spotify streaming records, according to the New York Times, with 375 million globally in a single week, Sheeran’s 3rd studio album release, ÷ or ‘Divide’ proves to be the biggest release of 2017’s music year yet.

From being Taylor Swift’s shoulder-to-cry-on BFF to one of Britain’s most cherished celebrities, Ed Sheeran doesn’t disappoint. With his poetic abilities and knack for story-telling, he blends rhythmic instrumentals with beat catching lyrics that make for an album that never gets old no matter how many times you’ve hit the repeat button.

The release of “Shape of You,” Sheeran’s first chart-topping single from the album, displayed a light and dreamy tone, hinting to a potential new direction for the pop-star while contrasting his previous releases, X, in 2014 and + in 2011. But overall, the album still sticks to the Sheeran roots with his trusty guitar taking center stage  and beautiful instrumentals that keeps the tracks on an unending loop of greatness.

Among the fan favorites are “Galway Girl” in which Sheeran flaunts his guitar technique and catchy hook and “Dive,” a powerful ballad that tugs at the heartstrings with its soft guitar, bass hums, and jittery drums. The lyrics flow from word to word as Sheeran writes of pleas of apology and learning from mistakes.

With it’s foot-tapping beat “What Do I Know?” delivers a message to the world about how Sheeran’s lack of education doesn’t change the fact that he still believes “love can change the world in a moment.”

Sheeran’s honest and heartfelt songwriting and incredible gift for melody has become the center point of his recent spike in popularity and will surely secure the Yorkshire native many more years of successful awards.

Ending on a bland note isn’t exactly the Sheeran way, and “Save Myself” delivers emotion that almost suffocates you with its relatability and integrity. “Before I love someone else, I’ve got to love myself,” Sheeran writes, an empathetic ending to a comprehensive, engaging, and revolutionary album.

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