Released yesterday Ed Sheeran returned with his third album Divide. Now that we’ve all had a chance to listen to the album in full here’s the ones I’ve got on loop, minus of course Castle On The Hill & Shape of You!
Track One – Eraser
Eraser is a slightly different song from Ed, its got a sort of rap feel to it but the chorus is true Ed. The lyrics to this song are very emotionally charged. We get told a story in this song;
I used to think that nothing could be better than touring the world with my songs
I chased the picture perfect life, I think they painted it wrong
I think that money is the route of all evil, and fame is hell
It’s an emotional outpouring from Ed where he put his true emotions on paper after a half hour session on his own he revealed in an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 (Link at the end)
Track Six – Galway girl
This upbeat tune from Ed has a really cool mix of Irish 🍀 in it, it makes you want to stand up and jig! Catchy lyrics too as most of Ed’s song have. The Irish are clearly loving his mixup as Galway girl has gone to Number 1 in Ireland! Ed revealed in his interview that its his “favourite one” on the album!
Track Eight – New Man
A proper breakup song. Less about how much it hurts but more about comparing yourself to the New Man. I’ve seen it, when someones ex gets a new man they suddenly know quite a bit about them. You get the sense that she’s changed since getting a New Man and he secretly wants her back
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
The track though has a deep pop feel about it rather than being a big heartbreak hit.
Track Ten – What Do I Know?
This tune I love! Its such a cheery feeling song talking about how much music can change the world but everyone is busy trying to change the world with the stock market and protests but that love and music is what can actually bring us all together.
We could change this whole world with a piano
Add a bass, some guitar, grab a beat
And away we go
love could change the world in a moment
But what do I know?
This is quickly becoming a fan favourite and Ed performed a faster version of the song for Capital FM
Track Twelve – Supermarket Flowers
If any track is going to make you cry on this album – This is the one. Ed revealed in an interview with Beats 1 that he wasn’t originally going to put the song on the album but it was actually his Grandfather that convinced him.
That’s the most special song on the record for me. My grandmother was very ill during the time I was making the record and passed away at the end of me making the record so we wrote this song as a tribute and just left it on.”
My grandfather just turned to me [at the funeral], he was like you have to put that out, that has to go on the record. It’s such a good memory, that’s why it’s ended up on there.”
Really hard to write, yeah. Very easy at the same time in terms of its flow. Because there was no trying to think of poignant lines and being like you know death is this or like life is this. It was just so spot on and the lyric of ‘you are an angel in the shape of my mom’, that could end upping a poignant line but it was the truth.”
She was one of the nicest women you’d ever meet and she was my mom’s mom. It was written for my mom’s point of view; it was choosing loads of specific things and then just finishing it as a song.”
Track Thirteen – Barcelona
I think this song should have actually been titled ‘Barcelona!’ becuase of how the song is performed. It’s not sung as Barcelona, it’s sung as Barcelona! Like, shout it out! This ones made my list for that exact reason, you can shout this one out, it’d be amazing to hear performed live in front of a crowd with everyone shouting ‘Barcelona!’
Ed: Barcelona was the first single. That was what we were coming with in September. We were shooting the music video
Track Fourteen – Biba Be Ye Ye (Everything’s Alright)
A very African feel to this track, sort of something you’d expect to hear in Nando’s, a proper the morning after story,
I lost my shoes last night
I don’t know where I put my keys
Its got a very summery feel and I think it might do well during the summer months when people are partying.
Zane Lowe Interviews Ed Sheeran for Beats 1 – Track by Track talkthrough;