Ed Sheeran’s new album is a mix of heartbreak, happiness and jealousy all blended together.
There is lyrically beautiful music, frank honesty and a showcase of the Irish fiddle, giving a nod to the singer-songwriter’s heritage.
Personal favourites have to be Shape of You, Castle on the Hill and Perfect.
Breezy, bouncy and easy to listen to, Shape of You is performed with passionate conviction.
Sheeran sings about falling in love with a girl whom he has met at a bar.
The lyrics aren’t particularly deep, but they are catchy. It is one that makes you tap your feet... “Girl you know I want your love/ Your love was handmade for someone like me/ Come on now follow my lead/ I may be crazy don’t mind me.”
Being a huge fan of Photograph and Thinking of You (both from his album, X), it was only natural for me to be drawn to Perfect.
The soft organ, guitar and beautiful chord progressions means this song is built for emotive church moments or is one to take to the wedding dance floor.
The uplifting Castle on the Hill acts at the perfect cup of tea.
The soaring ballad – which gives an emotive insight into Sheeran’s ‘younger days’ and the paths taken by different childhood friends – takes you to a different place entirely. It has a rhythmic and singalong vibe.
Lyrics such as “Had my first kiss on Friday night/ I don’t reckon I did it right/ I was younger then, take me back to when we found weekend jobs….” show the artist’s reflective side.