Boring. Divide was painfully boring. I want to like Ed Sheeran, and on some level I do. I just want to like him more. I want to get excited when I hear his music. And I hoped with this new album I would. I was wrong.
I feel like his music is painfully one note…a long, boring note, sung in a coffee house to ears that aren’t listening.
While his lyrical content is on occasion interesting, like in “Eraser” where he raps about his rags-to-riches story. I can’t help but to wonder…why is he rapping?
The only gem in this album is “Supermarket Flowers” where he talks about his grandmother’s death and going to clean up her things after she’s gone. It’s sad and beautiful and possibly one of his best songs ever.
I feel the same way about him as I do John Meyer. They’ve both got the singing chops and occasionally grind out a catchy hit. But listening to them makes me just want to go to sleep.
I’ll make special mention of “Shape of You” and “Galway Girl” because at the very least they’re upbeat and I wouldn’t mind listening to them while walking through Walmart. But otherwise this album is a big old snooze fest. #sorrynotsorry
Score: 3 out of 5