My name is Sophie and I adore Ed Sheeran. This isn’t new information – in my blog posts about the BRIT awards and probably numerous others, I have spoken very highly of Ed Sheeran. As part of my English Language we had to write an article on an aspect of language and I choose to look at how different genres of publication talk about reviewing the same album, I chose Ed Sheeran’s ‘x’ and found it difficult to remain unbiased and impartial to say the least.
There are three particular aspects of his music that I love; his lyrics, the actual music and the meaning behind the lyrics.
Let me explain:
Lyrics – I’m a sucker for lyrics. Ed Sheeran’s are both poignant and raw with stunning effortless. ‘Thinking Out Loud’, for example, is beautiful, romantic, full of imagery but not always elaborate, big demonstrations of love but ‘baby, your smile’s forever in my mind and memory’. But when I say I love lyrics, I don’t mean I love the romanticism and the love stories – I mean I love language and well thought out lyrics. I think one of my favourite Ed Sheeran lyrics ever is ‘they say I’m up and coming like I’m fucking in an elevator’.
‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ is one of my favourite Sheeran songs because it means I can pretend I can rap, it’s incredibly sassy and my favourite line is a sex pun – it’s fabulous.
The actual music – I love the variety of genres Sheeran uses, he’s described as everything from pop and R&B to folk and acoustic, I even read the words ‘hip hop’ being used at one point. Whilst some view this negatively, saying he is straying too far from his roots and he should stay in his territory, I think this shows great diversity within him as an artist – it takes great skill to be able to show diversity within a genre but to show you can successfully write in many genres? It’s a talent. I quite often describe Ed Sheeran as a genius because I don’t think there is anyone in this generation who understands music, the industry and the audience as much as he does.
The meaning behind the lyrics – I’ve already mentioned the combination of poignant and raw that Sheeran brings to his music and that’s what I reference here. On ‘x’, ‘Bloodstream’ is basically a song about getting drunk, repeating line ‘How’d I get so faded?’ in a form of apparent regret. These themes of drunkenness and regret are littered throughout the album and rather than making it seem negative and bogged down it just makes it more realistic?
Finding a song that isn’t about love or heartbreak nowadays is difficult and whilst Sheeran does write songs about the broken hearted and the deeply in love, he doesn’t always make it the focus.
Maybe I’m looking at it naively, but I think Sheeran brings something fresh to a music world that is becoming increasingly repetitive. I have a lot of respect for Ed Sheeran.
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