10 Fakten zum neuen Album von Ed Sheeran:
Undoubtedly it's set to enjoy several weeks, if not months, at the top of the album charts and likely smash several records along the way. And in that sense Divide is astonishing for its sheer ambition alone; this is a polished, well-executed effort from one of the hardest-working men in music.
He is very honest and direct, with a sharp turn of phrase, and you really get the sense of a man getting things off his chest, but it is becoming over-familiar, forsaking some of the ragged peculiarity that brought so much oddball energy to his first two albums. Division is by far Sheeran’s smoothest collection.
There’s nothing here with the incongruous sex appeal of ‘Sing’, everyman Ed’s saucy 2014 collaboration with Pharrell Williams, and the rap verses on ‘Eraser’ indicate Suffolk’s finest has less than wicked flow. But his latest album is as likeable as he seems in interviews: assured but unassuming and sometimes hard to fathom. There’s probably a mathematical formula to Ed Sheeran’s success, but he’s the only one who can crunch the numbers.