Congratulations Ed Sheeran, you’ve officially come for my scalp and ended up taking everything I own in the process.
The long awaited, highly anticipated day has finally come. From here on out I plan on attending church every single day for the rest of my life to thank God for this gift that He’s blessed upon me: Ed Sheeran’s album Divide.
After dropping off the face of the planet to make everyone realize how much the world needs him, Ed came back from his 13-month hiatus with his singles ‘Castle on the Hill’ and ‘Shape of You.’
I’ve listened to the album all the way through twice and I can’t find a way to properly portray the masterpiece it actually is. It’s like a nice, warm, lavender bubble bath after a long day, except for your ears. It’s how I picture how a painting would sound if I were to be on ecstasy and acid at the same time.
In short: it’s a religious experience and the second I pressed play I could feel myself morphing into a changed woman. The album is simply his best yet. Ed agrees in a recent interview talking about the making of Divide:
“I think this is the best thing I’ve done yet— I think this will be the best thing I do, in terms of a pop album.”
The album differs from what Ed’s done in the past in a way that showcases his growth as an artist and as a human being. It serves as proof that everything he puts out constantly surpasses the prior work.
‘Supermarket Flowers’ is by far the most emotional song on the record that guarantees tears. There’s no doubt you’ll need tissues nearby when you listen to it.
There’s an underlying theme throughout the album that a place of well rounded perfection isn’t attainable and the expectations placed on artists in the entertainment industry. ‘Eraser’ is an example of this rawness of honesty and pride that leaves you speechless.
All around it’s an emotional roller-coaster that takes you from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows and it’s beautiful.
It’s not at all any surprise that Ed’s managed to do it again. He’s somehow managed to make me miss people I’ve never lost, love people that don’t exist and feel sad over my problems that are nonexistent. He can take complex pain and euphoric joy, melt them into words with a beat and somehow make that emotion radiate back to you.
A lot of artists worry people will only enjoy their work because they like them as a person, so it’s hard to admit that their work isn’t as great as you’d like it to be because your masked by admiration. But with Divide, you could walk up to a random stranger on the street, play them the album and they’d agree everything about this album is flawless.
Ed Sheeran is set to tour Divide on his world tour this year.
I’ll be sure to forward my hospital bill from where I was put into a masterpiece induced coma to Ed’s team.