Music CD – I’m a longtime fan of Ed Sheeran, and was pretty stoked for the release of his newest album, Divide. Overall, I think this is a really strong album. I love classic Ed Sheeran songs like “Photography” and “A Team,” in X and + [Plus sign], easy listening tracks that are perfect for zoning out to. In Divide, we get a good mixture of soft-spoken Ed as well as a collection of more powerful, intense tracks that I think really show off Ed’s full vocal range. You can hear him rising from his comfort zone, reaching out for those higher pitches and playing around with his vocals.
There are some great pumped-up beats for your morning drive to work, my favorite being “Castle on the Hill”. On the other hand we also get some good ‘ole smooth-talking Ed Sheeran in “Happier” and “Perfect”, songs for when you need some music but have a headache looming. Ed is a folky kind of musician in general, but I can’t stop obsessing about the swingy, Irish jig feel of “Galway Girl” and especially “*Nancy Mulligan” (*Unfortunately this track is only available on the Deluxe Version). The acoustics are just beautiful and the music makes you want to get up and dance. It’s a nice compilation of music. I also just adore “Castle on the Hill;” it’s about missing where you’re from, and returning home to all the places and people you’ve missed. It can sound like a love story, even romantic depending on the mood you are in whilst listening, but overall it’s a feel good, nostalgic song. You really get to hear the full range the artist has to offer in this album and those high notes are a real treat.