Ed Sheeran left us for a bit. But he is back and making us feel all the feels. Here are my first random thoughts during my first full listening party. Join me as I try and make sense of them all. Also I discuss some of my favorite lyrics. Ed does this amazing job of creating lyrical masterpieces.
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Rapping like old times
Great guitar riff
Sway-it’s dancing and a description for how I feel inside
African Safari vibes
“I think that money is the route of all evil, and fame is hell.”
“And I found comfort in my pain.”- Heavy
Castle on the Hill (previously heard)
A song about his home
“Whohoo”- love that note!
“And I miss the way you make me feel, it’s real, we watched the sunset over the castle on the hill.”
“Had my first kiss on a Friday night I don’t reckon I did it right.”
“I was younger then, Take me back to when.”
“One friend left to sell clothes. One works down by the coast. One had two kids but lives alone. One’s brother overdosed .One’s already on his second wife. One’s just barely getting by. But these people raised me, And I can’t wait to go home” – I adore this storytelling section and that last line is the beauty. Home is made of people who affect your life and help you to create who you are.”
“Woo Yeah!”- my audible response a few seconds into it! Pretty sure I was snapping along too.”
Guitar solo- Yes! That’s going to be BADASS live on tour.
“Maybe I came on too strong, maybe I waited too long…”
“So don’t call me baby. Unless you mean it. Don’t tell me you need me. If you don’t believe it. So let me know the truth. Before I dive right into you.”- Just let me go, I’m feeling all the feels. SO DAMN GOOD! #Goosebumps
Shape of You (previously heard)
All kinds of HELL YES!
I heard this song and it was an instant favorite, still is.
Total Dance Jam
Chanty and I love it! Love those drums!
Would be a kick ass Zumba song!
“The club isn’t the best place to find a lover. So the bar is where I go.”
“I’m in love with the shape of you. We push and pull like a magnet do. Although my heart is falling too. I’m in love with your body. And last night you were in my room. And now my bedsheets smell like you. Every day discovering something brand new. I’m in love with your body. Oh I oh I oh I oh I- I’m in love with your body.”
“Come on be my baby, come on…” Clap along Sing along? YES Please! Slay ED, SLAY!
Lyrics! So sweet
It’s got that oldies vibe
“Cause we were just kids when we fell in love. Not knowing what it was. I will not give you up this time. But darling, just kiss me slow, your heart is all I own.”
“When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath. But you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight.”
“Well I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know.”
“Now I know I have met an angel in person.”
“I don’t deserve this, you look perfect tonight.”
“Kissed her on the neck and then I took her by the hand Said, “Baby, I just want to dance”
“And then she kissed me like there was nobody else in the room.”
Tells a story
Chanty- “hay ya hey ya hay yea”
“I saw you in another’s arms. Only a month we’ve been apart. You look happier.”
“Ain’t nobody hurt you like I hurt you. But ain’t nobody love you like I do.”
“But ain’t nobody need you like I do.”
“Everything’s reminding me of you.”
Creeping- He admits it.
DJ-mixer/rap style YES!
There’s always the F-off song. This is it.
“But still, I’m just keeping it real, still looking at your Instagram and I’ll be creeping a little I’ll be trying not to double tap, from way back, cause I know that’s where the trouble’s at.”
“He wears sunglasses indoors in winter at nighttime, and every time a rap song comes on He makes a gun sign, says chune, boydem light up the room.”
Hearts Don’t Break Around Here
Daises. Baby. Lately. Roses. LOVE THIS.
“Oh Yeah yeah yeah yeah”- I love this! I feel like he does this all the time and it love it!
“Took my heart upon a one way trip. Guess she went wandering off with it. Unlike most women I know. This one will bring it back whole.”
“Love the way that you conquer your fear.”
“She is the lighthouse in the night that will safely guide me home.”
What Do I Know?
Backup Vocals- Chanty/Hums
Loving the chanty vibes
The world needs this song right now- Election inspired I’m sure
“I’m just a boy with a one-man show.” –Ain’t that the truth Ed! 😀
“Love can change the world in a moment.”
“Spread love, understanding, positivity.”
How Would You Feel (Paean) (previously heard)
Paean: a song of praise or triumph. (Ed has said this was written for his girlfriend) Gosh I can’t- how freaking sweet.
That Piano ❤
This is most like the ED SHEERAN we’re used to.
Wanting/ Needing Acceptance
Guitar Solo @ 2:57 crushes your heart. It reminds me of John Mayer playing “Gravity.” This has to be Mayer. I’m gonna check on this. Yup. Thought I read that somewhere, and even so I spotted it just by listening. Has to be this song that he played on.
“We got questions, we should not ask but-.”
“How would you feel if I told you I loved you?”
“Taking my time- spending my life. Falling deeper in love with you. So tell me that you love me too?”
Recalling Memories—> history
Simplicity in the vocals and the piano
“Who ooo who”- love that shit! 😉
“Mom there’s a tear every time that I blink.”
“Oh I’m in pieces, it’s tearing me up but I know. A heart that’s broke it’s a heart that’s been loved.”
“Hallelujah- you are an angel in the shape of my mom.”
“When God takes you back he’ll say Hallelujah you’re home.”
Barcelona *Instant Fav
A good change of pace from the prior heartbreaker
Breathy chant/beat box beginning
One man band
Would be awesome live on tour
Dance anthem/Sing along
I want to go to Barcelona with Ed Sheeran right now.
“Well get up up on the dancefloor, move, it’s a Saturday night. I fell in love with the sparkle in the moonlight. Reflected in your beautiful eyes, I guess that is destiny doing it right.”
“You’re like something that God has sent me. I want you baby-solamente.”
Bibia Be Ye Ye *Instant Fav
Bibia Be Ye Ye- means All will be well/Everything will be alright
Nice follow up to Barcelona
What a night!
Irish jig/River dance
I’m there in a pub with Ed.
Only Ed can jump from an ethnic tropical vibe to a river dance vibe and make it work.
“From her snow white streak in her jet black hair. Over sixty years I’ve been loving her. Now we’re sat by the fire, in our old armchairs. You know Nancy I adore ya.”
Piano & Vocals
Letter to self
“They gave me the heartache and in return I gave a song. It goes on and on.”
“So before I save someone else, I’ve got to save myself.”
“Human beings are destined to radiate or drain.”
“Before I blame someone else, I’ve got to save myself.”
“Before I love someone else, I’ve got to love myself.”
As I mentioned Ed had left us for quite a bit, but as he echoes in first track “Eraser.”- “Welcome to the new show I guess you know I’ve been away. Where I’m heading who knows. My heart will stay the same.” And I think that describes this journey perfectly. He’s always Ed, no matter the chances he takes, he’s still that talented one man show, we all know and love.
My first initial thought was this album is love- all the colors of it. Current. Past. Present. Heartbreak too. He’s storytelling, and at times he finds inspiration in other people’s stories too. Which is such a beautiful thing.
He’s still his usual self, he still has killer lyrics and rap moments, still hits those riffs, still has those guitar ballads, still rocking that epic loop pedal. But then there are the different elements. We get some more production in this album, we get a bunch of different instrumental sounds- violins, whistles, etc. He’s experimenting without losing what makes him so unique and special. And I love, love, LOVE how he mixed a bit of the Irish vibes and the Spanish vibes in one album. He had mentioned he was traveling throughout the writing process of this album and I feel like that shows in all the unique sounds and lyrics he created.
I also really like the track list placement. The order of the songs flow really well. The sad songs are followed by upbeat songs, the travel inspired songs are clustered, and then we get a bang of an introduction with Eraser and the sweet love letter to oneself at the end. What a beautiful message. You can also see this album is a reflection of where Ed is at in his life. Or so I would think. It’s quite different than the others.
Granted we get our Ed, but he’s softer, raspier, more hopeful, and there’s a maturity. He keeps themes of love, home/family, and parents, as he has in the past, but I also love how children has become a theme. He’s probably looking into the future and where he’s going to be soon- married with kids. Soldier on Ed, whatever you do, we’ll follow and listen.
16 tracks Ed. 16 tracks. Solid. Epic. Welcome back, sir. You are killing the game. You are truly a talent- a one man show. Here’s hoping I’ll get to see you on tour this time!
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