Sunday, 3 August 2014
Review! Ed Sheeran - X
English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran keeps surprising us with his raw talent and great music. His second CD X (actually pronounced Multiply) is a mix bag of goodies that just want listeners to have more and more. X is best remembered for the redhead letting loosing his inner soulman and MC. Ed gives us that well-known croon and the rest is banged up with a wide spectrum of producers known for their work with rock and hip-hop artists, including Rick Rubin and Pharrell. Jason Lipshutz of Billboard rated the album an 81 out of 100, and according to him, he "finds a hungry artist doing everything possible to elevate to another level, simply by abiding by his instincts." At Q, John Aizlewood rated the album four stars out of five, describing how Sheeran's usage of many collaborators could have been "a potentially foolish move, but Sheeran pulls it off, chiefly because... his friends bend to him, not the other way round." In addition, Aizlewood says "Against all the odds, X repositions Sherran as a gambler," because "he's changed things around and used his success rather than been used by it," and at the end of the day "he's taken chances and won again." Brian Mansfield of USA Today rated the album three-and-a-half stars out of four, calling it one of those "rare album[s] that satisfies expectations while simultaneously raising them," which "showcases the sweet, achingly vulnerable songs" that is a hallmark of Sheeran's work". The 12-track disc takes listeners on an unforgettable musical journey through love, life and being happy. I think X should have been XXX for being so damned good!