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Music Review: Ed Sheeran - Division

Music Review: Ed Sheeran - Division
He’s one of music’s most unlikely stars. An unassuming redhead from tiny Hebden Bridge in northern England, Ed Sheeran has a knack for crafting infectious pop songs in a variety of styles. The 26-year-old’s ambitious third album follows the mathematical titles of his previous bestselling releases, Plus and Multiply , but outdoes them both with better songs and more diverse sounds. Along with the chart-topping singles “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill,” the album has catchy ballads like “Perfect” and feelgood anthems of hope including “What Do I Know.” Strong rhythms drive sunny songs such as the Latin-tinged “Barcelona” and the West African-flavored “Bibia Be Ye Ye.” And Sheeran’s affin...
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Ed Sheeran - X

Sheeran’s second album includes “One,” his final song about the girlfriend who dominated his first disc. “The rest of X,” explains the 23-year-old English singer, “is about moving on and the incredible experiences I’ve had since then.” Where Sheeran's debut was mostly acoustic pop-rock, his followup is more diverse. The slinky groove of “Sing,” produced by Pharrell Williams, is reminiscent of Justin Timberlake, while the edgy “Don’t” is a payback song about a cheating lover. Best of all is “Thinking Out Loud,” a blue-eyed soul song sung with convincing passion, showing how much the ginger-haired star has grown.
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