By: Megan Williams
Ed Sheeran has, from the very start of his career, shown an impressive capacity to go against the grain and still experience great successes. His debut album ‘+’ is a exemplary of the fact that, even in an era where the charts are dominated by electronic beats, someone with a completely different approach to music can shine through. With his second studio album ‘x’ (or ‘Multiply’), Sheeran has verified himself as an unbelievably talented artist.
Ed has been the first to admit that, for anyone, the second album has always got a ‘make-or-break’ stigma attached to it. There have been countless artists, whose second albums have fallen dramatically short of their debuts, leaving them to, unfortunately, fall by the wayside. The pressure was on for Sheeran, who, after the success of ‘+’, had all eyes on him to produce another chart topping album.
Ed made a daring move by releasing ‘Sing’ as the first single, in the sense that it was completely different to what his fans were used to hearing from him. The song served the purpose of showing everyone the incredible variety Ed Sheeran is capable of, and in turn intensified the hype surrounding the album. ‘Sing’ introduced the fans to a whole new side of Sheeran, and suddenly opened the singer up to an even wider audience. Since its release, ‘Sing’ has become one of this summers anthems, as well as Sheerans first single to reach Number 1 in the UK.
Photo: Dan Winton.
One impressive characteristic demonstrated on the album, out of many, is Sheerans songwriting cabilities. It has almost become a rarity to come across an artist who writes his or her own material, or shows particular flair in the music writing field- which makes the raw talent possessed by Ed Sheeran all the more exciting. Regardless of which song you choose to listen to on the album, you will be duly captivated by the lyrics. Somehow, Sheeran manages to continually come out with music that is poetic, beautiful and instantly relatable.
The musical variety demonstrated on this album really is a credit to Ed Sheeran. He effortlessly shifts between the hip-hop vibes of songs such as ‘Sing’ and ‘Don’t’, to the softer, more melodic tones like those you hear in ‘One’. There is a song on this album for everyone, and the fact that Sheeran can provide this diversity is a skill that will help him to leave indelible marks on the music industry, and on pop culture.
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