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!