Ed Sheeran
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3.0
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Review

by H. USER (119 Reviews)
February 10th, 2013 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A disappointing debut from an excellent live performer.

When I first heard Ed Sheeran perform live, I was amazed. I thought he had tons of potential and could become the next big thing. His live performances were great, and I looked forward to his studio work, which hopefully wouldn't waste his talent.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. "The A Team" was a great song with unique lyrics about a drug-addicted prostitute. If the rest of the album was like that, this would be an enjoyable listen. However, the album is an inconsistent ride with songs about love, love, and more love. Hell, the last track is titled "Give Me Love"!

Sheeran's lyricism is a main flaw of this album. Sometimes, they're a great, well-constructed metaphor ("Lego House"), and at other times, they're just a complete fucking mess. Look no further than "Wake Me Up", which was surely stolen from an adolescent male's diary. It's hard to take Sheeran seriously with lines like "I know you love Shrek, 'cause we watched it twelve times" and "if your DVD breaks today, you should've got a VCR, 'cause I'll never own a blu-ray, true say". I get that he's trying to be romantic here, but he tries so hard that it just comes out lame.

The cheesy lyrics don't stop there, of course. "This" has Sheeran declare, "This is start of something beautiful. You are the start of something new," while "U.N.I." has the hilariously awful "You and I ended over U.N.I." "Kiss Me" is so generic and cheesy that it could fit right into a One Direction album.

Thankfully, there are some decent songs in the midst of all the lyrical sh*t. "You Need Me, I Don't Need You" is a great fuck-you anthem dedicated to the haters, and "Small Bump" is a deeply moving tune about a miscarriage. "Drunk" is Sheeran's vocals at his best, and "The City" features an addictive guitar riff in the background.

Ed Sheeran's debut is an okay first album, but judging from his live performances, he can do so much better. Maybe if he toned down the lovey-dovey bullshit and sings more songs with wise social commentary like "The A Team" and "Small Bump", he can actually be a great singer-songwriter.



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Green Baron
February 10th 2013


20327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yes, I know it's shorter than my normal reviews.

Insert "haha username sux" comment ehre.

Funeralopolis
February 10th 2013


11893 Comments


i wasn't gonna say anything but god damn dat name

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 10th 2013


22059 Comments


Girl in The A Team video is cute

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InfamousGrouse
February 10th 2013


3593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

sucks

bigguytoo9
February 10th 2013


267 Comments


Yeah this guy's a goof

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2013


28825 Comments


lots of grandmas wanna fuck this guy

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SiameseNightmare
February 10th 2013


10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree man, such an inconsistant and cheesey album at times

ConorIsNotHere
February 10th 2013


1300 Comments


I despise Ed Sheeran & his music.

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Ecnalzen
February 10th 2013


6825 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't know why, but everytime I see the cover to this album I think its Tom DeLonge.

Cygnatti
February 10th 2013


22347 Comments


maybe because they both make crap music

this guy sucks

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Acanthus
February 10th 2013


9545 Comments


Girlfriend loves this album, I can easily see where he'd be better live.

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VermicideReloadead
February 10th 2013


1433 Comments


Neh

tommygun
February 10th 2013


25413 Comments


sucks

toxin.
February 10th 2013


12805 Comments


I like The A Team
sue me

tommygun
February 10th 2013


25413 Comments


brb phoning my lawyer

Acanthus
February 10th 2013


9545 Comments


I like The A Team

Thought you meant the show, was disappointed.

toxin.
February 10th 2013


12805 Comments


sorry not that old

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 10th 2013


9067 Comments


Grammy performance was pretty uninspiring

someguest
February 10th 2013


21390 Comments


yeah that sucked

looking forward to the Marley tribute with Sting though haha

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Kman418
February 10th 2013


11341 Comments


I know a bunch of girls that want to fuck this guy hard

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