Sheerans third album gaining worldwide anticipation after conquering the world with his first two albums which went onto to become a massive success and gained critical respect along the way.
I’ve never been a big fan of Sheeran pefering his older stuff that he used to do on the YouTube channel SBTV to the more mainstream stuff that we’ve become to know from him. Certain songs are very good, A Team was a great song and the song that prepelled him into the spotlight.
The second album was more One Direction than revolutionary music. The first album was closer to the style of music that people seem to associate him with, this edgy music with great lyrics.
When he released Castle on the Hill and Shape of You it didn’t give me hope for the third album thinking its going to be more like the second album. Castle on the Hill is a song I think if I had heard it when I was 14 it would have been the best thing ever.
From the first couple of songs of the album it seems that there is a tribal feel which actually does work well. Having previously said those songs reminded me of the second album it seems a lot different from both the first two albums. Each album does seem to take a different approach but each having the same ‘please love me’ message.
Perfect is a song that someone auditioning for the X Factor will be singing. Its also the first time the album takes away from the tribal theme that seemed to be running for a few of the early songs. Galway Girl is probably the stand out song from the first half of the album, with an Irish feel to it, mixed well with Sheerans singing flow. Once again the lyrics aren’t challenging but its probably the most catechist song from the first half.
Happier is another ballad that has that feel of an X Factor audition song. Save myself, the last song on the album is an excellent song that does showcase the talent that Sheeran has as a songwriter but it doesnt come through enough on the album.
Overall the album will bring Sheeran success as his fanbase is massive but for me it isn’t a great album. There’s a lot of songs where the lyrics feel recycled from the last song and we have this evergrowing reality of the targeted market that this album is for. It is obvious throughout that he has taken from his travelling experiences and put them into the sounds behind the album with hints of Spain, Ireland and Africa coming in throughout the album.
The album is different once again, which is something that has be seen as progression but overall the lyrics are the same as they were in the second and the album isn’t his best work.