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Ed Sheeran - Divide album review // AtTheBarricade.net

Ed Sheeran

Divide


Released: March 3, 2017
Label: Atlantic Records

Everyone’s favorite ginger guitarist is back with an album that has pretty much knocked the socks off his long time fans, and caught the attention of new fans (which is debatable, because who hasn’t heard of Ed Sheeran?). Our math symbol-loving Brit just dropped his third studio album, Divide (also known as ÷), on March 3rd, 2017, giving the rest of the years’ releases a run for their money. But seriously, if this album doesn’t get nominated for a Grammy, then I’m going to have some problems.

Earlier in the year we were given a taste of the album with the two lead singles, “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You”, both drastically different tunes yet they fit perfectly on the album. The album is a perfect mix of danceable pop, mellow acoustics, and tear-jerking ballads.

Tunes like “Galway Girl”, “Bibia Ye Ye”, and “Barcelona” are fun, upbeat songs that would be a highlight on your hang out playlists. Friendly reminder that St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, so be sure to add “Nancy Mulligan” to your Patty’s Day playlist. Or, if you’re like me, you can just listen to that one song on repeat for the whole day, which sounds like the perfect celebration to me.

Sheeran also offers some songs that you probably don’t want to dance to, but ones that might make you cry. Mixed into the album are tracks like “Perfect”, “Supermarket Flowers”, and “Happier”.

Overall, this album is truly what we needed to start off the year, and Ed Sheeran is most definitely climbing his way back up the charts (and his way back up into our hearts).

Check out the video for the leading single “Shape of You” down below!

 

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Craving some new music? Look no further.

Alec Lee is a Napa Valley native singer-songwriter and producer who started his career roughly seven years ago. He is known for combining electronics, acoustics and so much more.

His first EP M was released in the summer of 2015. The EP boasted standout tracks like “Don’t Let Go” and “M”. This EP brought an acoustic feel to the table which was very reminiscent of Ed Sheeran‘s early work (there’s even an Ed cover on his Youtube channel. Coincidence?)

However, his second EP NewLifeOldFriends (released in late 2016), saw a switch from the acoustic coffee shop vibes to a more electronic, atmospheric feel. To get a taste of his newer releases, check out “Mess” and “LikeYouWant”.

Earlier this year, Alec Lee was announced as a part of the lineup for BottleRock Napa Valley, which is a weekend-long festival that takes place in the Bay Area. If you’re attending the festival, make sure not to miss his set! To get a taste for Alec’s live performances, here is footage from the NewLifeOldFriends EP release show.

NewLifeOldFriends is the first installment of a three-part project, so keep your eyes out for new releases!


Will you be adding Alec Lee into your iTunes playlist?

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Ed Sheeran is back with a punch in his new video for Shape Of You.

In the first music video from his new album DivideEd finds love in what most would call a hopeless place-the gym.

Ed (literally) bumps into a badass woman who ends up being his boxing-buddy AND also a romantic interest. Double whammy.

Fast-forward through a super-intense training montage that would make even Rocky feel like he’s slacking.

Ed finds himself back in the ring again. Think “Fight Club” with a huge sumo plot twist.

To get you prepared, we’ve edited one of Ed’s lyrics to the video- “The club isn’t the best place to find a lover
So the gym is where I go.”

Watch the video below to see what happens next!


Which new Ed Sheeran song if your favourite? Shape Of You or Castle On The Hill?

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