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Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (single review)

So, we get two Ed Sheeran songs at the same time? Thanks Ed! Where the first was a relaxed tune with a light dance beat to it, this song feels a lot more powerful and personal. Mentioning breaking his leg as a child and speaking of events in his life, this track evokes more intimate feelings than the other song.

Did I mention there is some piano in this? Ed seems to have gone bigger on production for the new album, ‘Castle On The Hill’ is proof that he is expanding and developing his music all the time. This measures up to previous hits like ‘Photograph’ and ‘One’ in terms of getting deeper into the mind of Ed Sheeran and I think he is at his best when the words are almost screaming out from him.

Out of the two new tracks, I think ‘Castle On The Hill’ is the one I like the most. Ed Sheeran is a great songwriter, and the problem is that I honestly do enjoy a lot of his music. There are very few tunes from his back catalogue I find a problem with. With that, get listening to both this and ‘Shape Of You’ as we prepare for the release of ÷ very soon!

Final Rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (single review)

I can believe this song was meant to be his gift to Rihanna to record, but aren’t we glad he actually took it on instead? The minimal R’n’B beat is indeed part of what establishes this comeback from one of the greatest musicians of this millennium, it can be listened to with your feet up or danced to in a club. Ed does manage to blend genres well, and the result shown is one of musical genius.

We had them messages earlier in the week hinting to lyrics for the songs and I am glad they make more sense as lyrics to separate tracks than the same song. This song is easy going and just a nice track to enjoy the return of Ed to the music scene. This does build the anticipation towards the ÷ album (glad he is keeping to a theme).

Ed Sheeran will undoubtedly be topping charts all around the world, either with ‘Shape Of You’ or ‘Castle On The Hill’. Two very different tracks, but very significant and strong songs to enter into 2017 with. Get yourself moving to this taster of album three while we wait for its release later this year.

Final rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Ed Sheeran will make 2017 great!

Just a quick post to say how 2017 already looks set to be brilliant! Ed Sheeran has given the official word he is releasing new music, with the first of this to be unveiled this Friday.

While the details may be vague (just a piece of paper with him at the moment), I am sure this will be great. X was in 2014 and was yet another superb album. What will the new one be called? -? /? %? It must be something like that.

Look out for my review this weekend.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Ed Sheeran – Live At Wembley Stadium! Sunday 12th July 2015

Can a guy, playing with his guitar and a loop pedal really sell-out three shows at Wembley Stadium? Yes! This was just epic, and possibly the world’s biggest ever acoustic gig! Taking to the stage with his guitar to the loudest cheers I have ever heard, he then begins with ‘I’m A Mess’ and gets the crowd going immediately! ‘Lego House’ then brings the first full sing-a-long in the stadium, where the spectacle of all the Lego pieces scattering over the screens is just jaw dropping and looks great. Then the voices only get louder when ‘Drunk’ comes. Covers don’t always get a lot of love, but if anyone can do a better mash-up of ‘Take It Back’, ‘Superstition’ and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and make it sound so great, I don’t want to hear it. That was an electrifying performance. ‘One’ and ‘Photograph’ continues the brilliant set and then the powerful ‘Bloodstream’ really takes you to another place.

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If there is something Ed Sheeran enjoys, it is a live mash-up. Imagine the mix of ‘Don’t/Loyal/No Diggity/Nina’ and then ‘Feeling Good/I See Fire’ just continues to up the ante! Want an emotional track, ‘Small Bump’ you can see actual tears on the fans as this track packs in the love and heartfelt words that shows Ed Sheeran can go from top of the world to down to a personal level in seconds. ‘Give Me Love’ was great to hear, Stevie Wonder classic ‘I Was Made To Love Her’ continues the emotions and then getting ‘Kiss Me’ and then ‘Thinking Out Loud’ where the latter really does get people together and the love is there. Where do we finish? Where we began! ‘The A Team’ brings the set to the end, it is jaw-dropping to think this little song began the journey for this singer/songwriter and has brought him to the most prominent location in the UK.

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Encore you say? Hell yes! ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ brings an intense performance which makes full use of that loop pedal and goes to such extreme lengths to entertain and wow his crowd! The loop pedal breaks down, so what does Ed do? He gives us a taster of ‘The Parting Glass’ and then goes back to ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ and performs the song all over again! Never before have I seen someone re-perform a whole song again, not a single person was unhappy with that decision! Then, the show comes to an end with the almighty ‘Sing’ and sure enough, everyone does really sing. Ed Sheeran throughout the night keeps to a real level, he never tries to be Kanye West (thank god) and he never for a second tries to think of himself as bigger than anyone in his 80,000+ audience. The most honest musician and definitely one of the hardest working acts I have ever seen. It will take a lot to top this show! Who would think one man on a stage with an acoustic guitar could make this epic of a show? All hail Ed Sheeran, the new king of Wembley!

Final Rating: 10/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove