Ed Sheeran
No. 6 Collaborations Project


1.5
very poor

Review

by Odal USER (19 Reviews)
July 12th, 2019 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No.

The most interesting part of No.6 Collaborations Project is how uninteresting it is. Yes, the tracklist for Edward Christopher Sheeran’s latest album looks like a buffet of artists that have been lighting up the charts for the past few years; and like any plate at an Old Country Buffet, the low-quality food smears together into an amorphous blob. The cheap fried rice goes with macaroni & cheese and ketchup in so much as they all go in the same hole and out another. NOW That’s What I Call Shit! That metaphor was pretty painful to type, but Mr. Sheeran’s latest album truly is all the fun of moving a large dresser out of your apartment: the most amusing part is figuring how to best drag it out.

Admittedly, I have never been a fan of Ed’s sheeranigans, but I gained a bit of respect after having seen him live last year where he filled out Soldier Field with nothing other than his voice, his guitar, and a loop pedal. None of that talent is on display here, as Ed seems to call to collect upon every favor owed to him by industry pals. It’s a race to the bottom with every single one of them offering an approximation of what made them famous, with none of the personality. There’s a lot of groping in the dark and grasping at straws here in what looks to be another chart-topping success from England’s Favorite Son.

Did you like “Shape of You”" Well, you get to hear Camila Cabello and Cardi B precede their respective sophomore slumps with “South of the Border”, a song that so shamelessly rips off Ed’s biggest hit yet that it may as well have been titled “Outline of You”. American Idol gets a song for its rocker contestants in the absolute misfire that is “Blow”, which sounds like a nice companion to Justin Timberlake’s ode to deer and flannel that came out last year. Urban Outfitters-incarnate Khalid shows up to once again remind you that the word “beautiful” exists with the opener “Beautiful People”. Eminem takes a break from giving abortions in porsches with his latest attempt at dilluting his legacy with another horrible verse on the ironically forgettable “Remember the Name”, which also features another former has-been in 50 Cent and this little gem of a line:

Without a doubt, by any means, if rap was skinny jeans
I couldn't do anything in 'em
I'd be splitting seams of denim when I'm spitting schemes
Which really means, no "if," "ands," or “buts” are squeezin' in between

Just terrible.

Unsurprisingly, the album’s best moments are when his collaborators are allowed to do their own thing and have little to do with Sheeran. Skrillex continues to be one of the best mainstream producers on “Way to Break My Heart”, Ella Mai and H.E.R. pump out joyful little RnB diddies on their respective tracks, and Stormzy sounds comfortably at home on the straight-up grime “Take Me Back to London”. I guess Travis Scott sounds alright with all of his robotic yeah’s on “Antisocial” too, but, given Ed’s helplessly white contributions, is anyone gonna throw ass to that"

And really, that’s pretty much all there is to say about No.6 Collaborations Project. Everything pretty much goes how you would expect with a mainstream pop album in 2019, only watered down and bad. There’s a little bit of trap, a little bit of rnb, a little bit of tropical house, a little bit of guitar, and they all go exactly how you would expect. There’s a lot of talk about sex and love and betrayal and adventures, and I believe precisely none of it. It’s all just pop music ad-libs in the worst way. The only time I am convinced of what I am being told is true is on the chorus of “I Don’t Care” where Justin Bieber joins in with Ed to say that they both, in fact, do not care. If you ever needed proof that gingers don’t have souls, there is No.6 Collaborations Project.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SlothcoreSam
July 12th 2019


845 Comments


That country buffet analogy is gold!

Digging: Stuck Out Here - Until We're Each Someone Else

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
July 12th 2019


2870 Comments


said i dont caaaaaaaaaaare when im with my baby

Digging: Black Dresses - Love and Affection for Stupid Little Bitches

Odal
July 12th 2019


440 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Wrote this kind of quickly so please let me know of any suggestions/edits/whatever.



Horrible album. Just, horrible.

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
July 12th 2019


2870 Comments


album probably blows but i dig that track

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
July 12th 2019


2870 Comments


"The most interesting part of No.6 Collaborations Project is how uninteresting it is at all." remove the at all
"Admittedly, I have never been a fan of Ed’s sheeranigan’s"
ed's sheeranigan's?
"Skrillex continues to be on the best mainstream producers on “Way to Break My Heart”' one of the best?
over all, not a bad review, made me laugh a number of times :3

Odal
July 12th 2019


440 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Oops, thanks for pointing those out fixed



Sheeranigans is just a bad play on words with his last name and shenanigans lol

Odal
July 12th 2019


440 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

also, can someone tell me why my question marks show up as quotation marks?

TheLongShot
July 12th 2019


856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's a site bug that's existed for years, idk how it hasn't been fixed yet

Odal
July 12th 2019


440 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

That's crazy lol Also nice review even if we heavily disagree (:

mmbernie
July 12th 2019


15 Comments


Check the forums about the question mark bug. I actually had the same issue and Sowing helped me with a workaround.

TheLongShot
July 12th 2019


856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks Odal (:

MikeAkerfeldt89
July 12th 2019


8 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Odal. Your review is on point. This album is trash. And I like Ed

Odal
July 12th 2019


440 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks dude (:

AngryJohnny
July 12th 2019


943 Comments


Ah good to see my least favourite artist of all time is still going strong

I will probs rate this after I've involuntary heard every song in department stores or at weddings in the next few years

alamo
July 12th 2019


1593 Comments


oh i always thought his next album would be called - (minus) and be full of sad songs

guess i'll have to skip this

ArsMoriendi
July 12th 2019


26928 Comments


Where the fuck is minus?

Dude legit had to make 1 more math symbol named album to have a complete set and he fucked it up

Digging: D'Angelo - Brown Sugar

Nomos2
July 12th 2019


366 Comments


hahaha love this review

Kusangii
July 12th 2019


2359 Comments


Jesus christ, he has guest appearances on EVERY song?

Kusangii
July 12th 2019


2359 Comments


Ops, just read the album title. Lol.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
July 12th 2019


16639 Comments


"Where the fuck is minus?" [2]



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