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  • A story of teenage miscarriage told from first person experience with as much emotion as Sheeran gives this song is enough to make us all see another side to the harshly judged world of teenage pregnancy
  • There’s definitely something special about the way in which Sheeran delivers his lyrics, Wake Me Up for example

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      From playing gigs to five people, to selling out shows in Japan. + has gained Ed Sheeran worldwide recognition.

      Sheeran has come a long way from his days of couch surfing and the release of his first ever EP The Orange Room. He’s toured with the likes of Example and Just Jack, he’s collaborated with Wiley, Devlin, and Leddra Chapman and he’s gained credit and support from greats such as Elton John.

      It’s been quite an extraordinary year for the 21 year old singer songwriter from Suffolk. His debut single The A Team reached number 3 in the UK singles chart, he’s appeared on Later…with Jools Holland, and in 2012 was nominated for no less than 4 Brits, and walked away from the o2 arena as a winner with two awards. Ed Sheeran’s fan base seems to grow and grow with each EP he releases.

      The launch of Loose Change and the critically acclaimed Songs I Wrote With Amy in 2010 were what first brought his unusual combination of folk, hip-hop and grime to our attention; and since then he seems to be the artist who’s name is on everyone’s lips. Sheeran’s success


      was only amplified with the release of his album + in 2011; It not only shot to number one in the UK, it also went three times platinum, which isn’t bad for the guy’s first real studio album. There’s no doubt about it; Ed Sheeran has earned his place in the music industry, and his new album reflects that.

      Listening to a chart topping album where there’s not a synthesiser or a drum machine to be heard is liberating; hearing similar dance beats becomes boring after about three songs, but Sheeran manages to keep you listening intently for the entire twelve tracks. The A Team is the rebirth of Phil Collins’ Another Day In Paradise; he deals with the concepts of drug addiction and prostitution in a way that even those with a heart of stone can’t help but shed a tear. Based upon a woman he met in a homeless shelter, he retells her story in a respectful way; showing another side to this otherwise taboo world in which so many women live.

      The song Small Bump similarly tells a tale of an unmentionable topic; this time however we feel that it is much closer to his heart. A story of ...


      • teenage miscarriage told from first person experience with as much emotion as Sheeran gives this song is enough to make us all see another side to the harshly judged world of teenage pregnancy. The beauty of this album is that it isn’t all doom and gloom.

        Take Little Bird for example; it’s the cutest song to be written this year, and a world away from the hard hitting issues that Ed usually explores. The lyrics “But if I kiss you, will your mouth read this truth? Darling how I miss you, strawberries taste how lips do” although almost nonsensical, has the ability to make every female fall in love with his sweet lyrics. There’s definitely something special about the way in which Sheeran delivers his lyrics, Wake Me Up for example.

        This is much less of a song, and much more of a conversation; however somehow Sheeran makes it work armed with nothing but a piano and guitar. The lyrics “And I’ll make you a heart pendant with a pebble held in my hand and I’ll carve it like a necklace so the heart falls where your chest is” sounds like Sheeran is singing one of

        the cutesy jingles for the match. com adverts.

        The final hidden track, ‘The Parting Glass’ is Sheeran’s take of an old Irish folk song, not what you would usually expect to find on a chart topping album, but Ed has never been one to stick to conventions. It’s the simplicity of this track that makes it so extraordinary, as nothing but a vocal choir is used to accompany the main melody, just listening makes you feel like you are standing on the beautiful cliffs of ancient Ireland, submersed in this mesmerising cultural music Ed Sheeran has never listened to industry “experts” and always makes the music he wants to make, and so far it’s worked out pretty damn well for him as you can’t argue with two Brit awards, and a number one three times platinum album. But with so much success to date, it leaves the question, what’s next for the 21 year old?

        “I want to do an Adele on my second album”- yes, you heard him correctly, he’s only aspiring to the six times Grammy award winner Adele’s album 21, but with the success of + I think it’s a reasonable and realistic aspiration for him to have.




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