Nothing made me more excited than holding a physical, shrink-wrapped, perfect copy of Ed Sheeran’s third studio album, “Divide.”
That was, until I heard it. This album is absolutely gorgeous. From its soundtrack-worthy ballads like “Happier” to upbeat pop wonders like “Shape of You” or “What Do I Know,” the new album is as diverse and gripping as any of his previous albums.
I have been anticipating new music from him since 2015 when he announced a break from social media to make music. When he dropped “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” in January, I lost my mind, immediately contacting everyone I knew and demanding they listen to the new music. When he announced the release of a new album, I nearly passed out with excitement. I’ve been a fan of Ed Sheeran since 2010, avidly listening to his music, watching interviews, and memorizing fast-paced lyrics. In 2015, I got the opportunity to see him perform live at Klipsch Music Center outside Indianapolis. I can honestly say, it was in the Top 5 greatest nights of my life.
Ed Sheeran is one of the greatest lyricists of the 21st century, and he truly earns that title with “Divide.” The standard 12-track album is a masterpiece that is only enhanced in the deluxe edition with four more amazing songs.
My personal favorite tracks are “Dive,” “Happier,” and “Galway Girl,” though I will say I am in love with every track on the album, something I do not say often, not even about Sheeran’s other albums. Of his additional tracks, I have a special liking for “Barcelona.” The carefully interwoven Spanish adds an extra layer of intentional, gorgeous lyricism (and the boppy beat doesn’t hurt either).
The most heartfelt track on the album is certainly “Supermarket Flowers.” Upon hearing the title, I thought to myself “Oh, it’s going to be about how we don’t have much but here, I brought you flowers from the grocery store.” Boy was I wrong. The slow, soft ballad is a tribute to Sheeran’s grandmother, who passed away from a serious illness as he was producing the album. The lyrics are heartbreaking, and even though I’ve heard the album numerous times, I still get emotional when I hear the words. Sheeran told interviewers that at his grandmother’s funeral, his grandfather demanded the song go on the album as a tribute to their lost loved one. The story is almost as tear-jerking as the song itself.
It’s clear that I am so in love with Sheeran’s new album, and I would 100 percent recommend either downloading or buying a copy. This album is absolutely worth a listen from start to finish if you really want to get the full experience. As for me, I will totally be listening to it over and over from now until he begins his North American tour this summer.
The views expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of The Torch.