Ed Sheeran took Pop music by storm in 2015. His last album, x, was a huge crossover success. He obviously didn’t believe in taking much of a break. He released two new songs, “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You”, earlier this month. The singles are the predecessors to his upcoming third studio album, Divide. Although he has already proven himself to be a star, he has the pressure of topping his previous feats. Many fans are waiting to see if his new album will be comparable to his previous stellar works.
Let’s break down “Castle on the Hill” first. The song has a very folky pop sound, which pairs well with his gritty vocals here. He sings about drunken tales with friends and how he yearns to be home again. This song could pull nostalgia from practically anyone. Although I don’t think this would be the best choice for a first single (unless it’s strictly being served to the Pop market), it’s a solid song nonetheless. I see this song capturing his more mature audience. There’s no denying his clever songwriting ability and strong vocals.
Now, “Shape of You” waltzes into the room. Everyone brings their attention to the center of the floor. This song easily sounds like something Maroon 5 wish they had gotten their hands on first. However, Ed Sheeran doesn’t copying anyone’s style here. This vibe is all his own. The tropical sounding production, layered with his smooth vocals are a surefire formula for the dance floor. By the time the drums come in, you’re already hooked. This song will surely please his current fan base and gain him some new listeners as well. He croons, “I’m in love with the shape of you/We push and pull like a magnet too”. In addition, the song has already reached No. 1 on the UK charts.
Look out for the release of Divide on March 3rd. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes now. What are your thoughts on his new singles? Does he have what it takes to recapture his brightest musical moments again? Will you be getting his new album?
Check out both of the songs for yourself below: