Divide by Ed Sheeran Review


Grace Lester, Reporter

Two years since his last album, Ed Sheeran straight dropped two singles out of thin air off his newest, much anticipated album Divide; “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You.”

Sheeran opens the album with “Eraser,” which has been a bit different in the sense that Sheeran is mostly speaking during the verses of the song. “Eraser” is an interpretive song, as in it could speak to different people in different ways. The song, to me, tells about the pressure he feels with his job since his job is not a usual job like most people where they would have “uni degree” and work “nine-to-five.” People don’t realize that fame and fortune comes with a price (as he says, “fame is hell” and “money is the root of all evil”) and his happens to be depression which he fixes with pain killers. As he shares his present feelings, he also shares his hopes for the future and next generation, whom he hopes to inspire with his music.

Divide has turned out to be a much more personal album than Sheeran’s previous albums. Sheeran has shown off his Irish roots with songs like “Galway Girl” and “Nancy Mulligan.” “Nancy Mulligan” is actually a song about his grandmother and grandfather eloping when they married. Sheeran has shared that “Supermarket Flowers,” a song sung from his mother’s point of view, was written as a tribute for his late grandmother. The song was, Sheeran thought, too personal to keep on the album, but his grandfather convinced him to keep the song as it was a “good memory.”

Sheeran is sure to keep his listeners happy with some pop songs on his album with songs like “Barcelona,” “Shape of You,” “Bibia Be Ya Ya” and “What Do I know.” These songs are great to listen to get ready for the night out with friends. Divide also has more mature tone than Sheeran’s previous albums, and even more upbeat in the sense that there are less snub songs like “Don’t,” “You Need Me, But I Don’t Need You” and “Take It Back” from his two previous albums Multiply and Plus.

There are also some of Sheeran’s iconic ballads on Divide, so don’t worry! Sheeran continues to woo people with his beautiful lyrics to his picturesque songs: “Dive,” “Perfect,” “Hearts Don’t Break Around Here,” “Happier” and “How Would You Feel (Paean).” The closing song of the album, “Save Myself,” is a very tender song of which brings up the topics of depression and deciding to respect yourself enough to let someone go. It is an interesting choice of song to put as the closer since it is one of the more somber songs of the album.

Sheeran always brings such diverse moods that somehow work under one roof of Divideand it is always interesting to see how he pulls it off. Divide, more so than his previous albums, brings a versatile plate of songs and a sense of self-understanding, forgiveness, and heartache. The album, overall, was amazing (Sheeran never disappoints) and I love to listen to Divide.