Sheeran Drops 2 Singles

2017-01-06 by SowingSeason STAFF | 30 Comments
Taking a year off following the huge success of x, pop singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has returned from "traveling the world" to drop two new singles. Bearing little forewarning other than a few cryptic tweets containing new lyrics, the singles come as something of a surprise. It's clear that the tracks are arriving in advance of a new album, expected to be titled ÷ (the art for the singles combine to form a division symbol), which is in keeping with the theme of his first two full lengths + and x.

You can hear both singles below in their entirety. 'Castle on the Hill' is a love-inspired power ballad while 'Shape of You' follows in the vein of more danceable hits such as x's 'Sing.' There is not yet a timetable for the album's release, although there is some speculation that it will be out as early as this week.

Castle on the Hill:


Shape of You:


Tagged: Ed Sheeran

Comments:Add a Comment 
ILJ
January 6th 2017
6933 Comments


ugh

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 6th 2017
23576 Comments


I really like Castle on the Hill, the other is pretty forgettable.

Digging: Blink-182 - California (Deluxe Edition)

VirtualBlaze
January 6th 2017
479 Comments


I heard Shape Of You on the radio this morning. I see the appeal, and I don't know what the style of X was, but I didn't like the primary electronic element. I don't know if that was already on X, but I assumed it was like a singer/songwriter acoustic thing.

Digging: Venetian Snares - Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett

Dewinged
January 6th 2017
3859 Comments


RUN!

Digging: Saltland - A Common Truth

rhinocerosmilk
January 6th 2017
92 Comments


So much nostalgia pandering from a guy still in his early 20's..

InFlamesWeThrash666
January 6th 2017
6346 Comments


generic af

Digging: Ulver - Svidd Neger OST

menawati
January 6th 2017
16580 Comments


that guy has the most punchable mug I've ever seen

Shamus248
January 6th 2017
259 Comments


i'm so underwhelmed by these and i'm a huge sheeran fan so its even worse

Digging: Rascal Flatts - Back to Us

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 6th 2017
23576 Comments


Castle is good though

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2017
9935 Comments


"I heard Shape Of You on the radio this morning. I see the appeal, and I don't know what the style of X was, but I didn't like the primary electronic element. I don't know if that was already on X, but I assumed it was like a singer/songwriter acoustic thing."

he shifted more towards straightforward pop once he put out his first full length, but there's still an acoustic presence on them

yea castle is super good, shape of you is pretty decent mostly with the chorus and i like the scratchy acoustics for percussion

BenThatsMyJamin
January 6th 2017
1271 Comments


hate this dude, just uses the fact that he's ginger and awkward to make tween girls feel sorry for him n buy his stuff

BenThatsMyJamin
January 6th 2017
1271 Comments


and the fact that the general public have never seen an effects pedal before in their life and thus think he is some kind of wizard

sempiturtle
January 7th 2017
815 Comments


The pedal thing is so annoying like. Everyone thinks its some amazing revolutionary shit.

Digging: Tonight Alive - Limitless

Cygnatti
January 7th 2017
31360 Comments


i will judge these...

Digging: -

DatsNotDaMetulz
January 7th 2017
3237 Comments


Will there be a song about getting stabbed in the face by a princess

Digging: Bridear - Rise

becomesmusical
January 7th 2017
76 Comments


Glad to see he's still making a career out of middling singles and forgettable albums.

Sinternet
January 7th 2017
13461 Comments


huh you know i actually don't mind these, they aren't sappy or overdramatic, pretty standard pop but i can kinda dig it

Digging: Forest Swords - Compassion

Atari
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2017
22398 Comments


Sounding pretty sappy to me :3

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2017
9935 Comments


By pop or his own standards im not sure i would call it sappy. Castle is pretty effective from a lyrical point imo. Shape of you is just a sex song tho lol

JamesMarlon
January 7th 2017
39 Comments


Have to give it to the guy considering how much the internet shuts down when he release's music. Man has a great voice and there's some definite elton john inspired yelping in the back of Castle likely why he also name dropped Tiny Dancer in the lyrics aswell, but like all his music his voice is the only element to ever standout and even then sometimes that doesn't even make an impression. Shape Of You is sub par even for a club tune, where my bass at.

Lasseg
January 7th 2017
41 Comments


what can i say about these songs?
boring

Krvst
January 7th 2017
315 Comments


Probably blows like everything he has ever done, can't wait to hear these 29297889 times on the radio

Funeralopolis
January 7th 2017
14015 Comments


castle over the hill was okay, shape of you is awful

Digging: Deicide - Deicide

JeetJeet
January 8th 2017
3966 Comments


Shape of You is a fuckin BANGER and I didn't realize it til the 4th spin

Digging: The Eyes Of A Traitor - By Sunset

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
January 9th 2017
9935 Comments


Same. Castle on the hill just gets better too

Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2017
2298 Comments


both are decent pop songs that i know i will be able to tolerate in 6 months when my work radio catches up and i'll be listening to them both 6 times a day

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 9th 2017
23576 Comments


Yeah Castle On The Hill is one of my early pop favorites this year. Really good song. Still couldn't care less about the other one even after several listens.

Cygnatti
January 16th 2017
31360 Comments


castle on the hill sounds like a mediocre imitation of a bland 70s soft rock song. tries to be uplifting but it's ultimately pretty weak. (2/5)

shape of you sounds way better and he fits the song better, but the lyrics are actually really bad lmao. and it gets pretty annoying. also, this one doesn't really seem very marketable, as far as his songs go, but who knows. (2.5/5)

VaxXi
January 16th 2017
3567 Comments


castle on the hill sounds like another awful track in the "childhood nostalgia" trend thats been happening for the past few years.

and i really don't need an opening line that reminds me of 7 Years.

Lucid
February 1st 2017
7823 Comments


castle on the hill sucks, shape on you is great radio-pop



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





MOST VIEWED NEWS

R.I.P. David Bowie
R.I.P. Lemmy
The Story So Far's vocalist dropk..
Brand new Brand New Single
Scott Weiland dead at 48
Killswitch Engage debut new single
Deftones stream new single
The Fall of Troy bassist melts do..
Rush drummer retires
Riverside guitarist dies



OTHER RECENT NEWS

Ufomammut debut new single
Young Lions Detail New Album
Third Eighteen Visions track
Neun Welten Dive In
Below the Sun air new stuff
Wode stream new album
The end of Desolated
Goatwhore premiere new song
New Tau Cross track
Iglooghost's Run-Ready Mix
Today Is The Day Announce Tour
Vanna announce farewell tour
Enter Shikari are Supercharged
KMFDM debut 'Hell Yeah'
Death Grips on Steroids

» see all news

RELATED REVIEWS
Ed Sheeran
÷
Ed Sheeran
x
Ed Sheeran
+
Ed Sheeran
Loose Change
FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy