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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful
This is my first Ed Sheeran purchase so I have listened without prejudice after being impressed with his performance on T in the Park on TV. I have to say I am not in the least bit disappointed - just an album of great songs. Nicely varied, but all heartfelt and strongly melodic, Yes there is a range of sounds here that suggest a range of producers, but also a distinctive style that suggest a very talented young man. it really is hard to fault.

Really worth buying deluxe edition for 'I see fire' alone - already my favourite track on the album. 'Runaway', 'Bloodstream' and 'The Man' are also current favourites - but a great listen all round. A pleasing discovery.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2014
This was purchased for my partner who heard the song "Don't" at Glastonbury... I wouldn't say he was an Ed Sheeran fan before but this album has converted him....he thinks this album is excellent...All the songs are brilliant he is such a good lyricist and my partner now has tickets to see him at the 02. The man can write a solid tune so well as well as have such a great range to his voice and his rap style is so laid back and pleasant to hear. With the catchy first single "Sing" which I still love to death, this album is a must and this explains why it has been on the number 1 spot for a while now...fantastic!!
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2014
I only decided to purchase after hearing a couple of songs from this album on the radio which I loved. The album exceeded my expectations and I cannot stop playing it. Every song is memorable and Ed has amazing vocal range with intelligent song writing. I never realised how talented he was. I look forward to his next album !
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2014
Excuse the pun above but ya know! Had to it just felt right. I'll take a step back momentarily and just say..
The music coming this year just gets better and better; Sam Smith "In The Lonely Hour" Michael Jackson "Xscape" and now Ed Sheeran "X (Multiply)". This is the best of the best right here.

From the quiet ballad of falsetto and acoustic "One"

To the ever so regretful "I'm A Mess"

Followed on by the number one UK single acoustic dance track of "SING"

Then we get to the best stuff.

"Don't" is a particular highlight of mine. And many others by the looks of things. The hip-hop influenced spoken rapped four minute masterclass about being cheated on.

"Nina" is another hidden gem. R&B and catchy about long distance relationship.

"Thinking Out Loud" is also a personal favourite; a pretty falsetto ballad. Uplifting.

"Bloodstream" is a catchy R&B influenced song about drugs etc.

"Photograph" is another long distance relationship song. Lovely.

And "Afire Love" is heartfelt ballad about his grandfather's alzheimers and resulting death.

Those are my favourites. Not that the others aren't exceptional!

"I See Fire" is ridiculously good. Slow, slow, slow, then an explosive ending.

"The Man", a song reflecting on love, career, and fame. Sung in a rap!

"Take It Back" is a song about his career, reminiscent of "You Need Me I Don't Need You" from "+".

"Shirtsleeves" is a beautiful touch. Nuff said!

"Even My Dad Does Sometimes" is pretty but my least favourite.

"Tenerife Sea" is kinda magical. About true love, Ed Sheeran style!

"Runaway" is about Ed's dad's drinking problem, and is the second song directed by Pharrel. A very touchful yet upbeat tune.

"The Fault In Our Stars" is a real gem of an end to a real gem of an album.

Highly recommend. Best album this year :-)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2014
Sheeran's command of vocal range, layering of musical ideas, simple melodic lines, lyrics rattled out like bullets and catchy themes are just some of the elements that make this album great. The honest and heartfelt insight into the struggles and vibrancy of his experiences and ordeals are riddled with the complexities of a frustrated and excited personality. A particular shout out for "Don't"; "Nina"; "Bloodstream" and "Runaway". Powerful stuff.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2014
As you know, Ed Sheeran has been making waves these past few years as a singer/songwriter with a difference.
For a few of his fans though this second album marks just another step on the ladder of a journey that has spanned almost 10 years since his first EP release.

I'm part of the latter group who have been lucky enough to have experienced Ed's music & live shows 'pre & post' his signing to Atlantic records.

In my opinion, this album release marks a significantly more self-aware and experienced Sheeran who appears to have settled into the new life his unprecedented successes, both in the UK & worldwide have created.

A lot of fans have berated Ed for 'selling out' as he appeared to move further from his acoustic roots to create & produce the music we're slowly becoming more accustomed to hearing from him, yet i'd argue this whole album is well crafted with a very varied sound, showing his matured tastes, yet refusing to forget his long heritage of raw acoustic guitar tracks and his beautiful vocal range.

My personal highlight of the album being 'Don't', a powerful and emotionally charged tune to a retro hip hop beat that reminds me of 'One Night' from the 'Loose Change EP'.

If you want to follow the story of this singer/songwriter's journey to the top, this latest album is as good a starting point, as any of his others before.

Here's to album #3!
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on 3 July 2014
When I realised Ed Sheeran was finally bringing out a second album (after milking the hell out of the first one!) I was extremely excited for it. I was a bit nervous too as Ed Sheeran said something about changing it up for his second album, or something along those lines. I just wanted the Ed Sheeran I'd come to love, the one that had that distinctive style with his acoustic guitar which even made itself evident on the CD.

His CD finally turned up (Duluxe edition with all 17 songs on), and for once I'd hardly heard any of his songs off the album, other than his single 'Sing' and a few others like 'I see fire' and 'All of the stars'...

After listening to it about 6/7 times, all I can say is wow, what a brilliant album and hats off to Ed!

'Sing' in my opinion is the worst song on the album, which is saying something about the quality of the album as I still enjoy that song... For once, I genuinely cannot pick a few faves from the album like I can with just about any other album (including his first album which I loved A team, Small Bump and Drunk).

If I were to pick my faves it would effectively be the entire album, as it's so strong. The bonus songs felt like the weaker songs at first listen, but having heard them many more times since, I actually really like them and so they're all very equal and very very strong! Perhaps if I absolutely had to pick a favorite it would be 'Afire Love' because of the emotion in the song, as well as it being an incredible song.

Can't wait to hear more from Ed, but this will certainly tide me over until his next album, let's hope it's not another three year wait though!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2014
I bought this album purely because it's so popular. I've listened to it a number of times, but sadly it hasn't grown on me. There are one or two tracks that I quite like, but on the whole it's not to my musical taste.
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Note: This review is for the deluxe edition, and not the standard version: x (multiply)

Although I had bought Ed Sheeran's long awaited second album on the week of it's release, I held off reviewing it until now, in order to ensure that I judged it fairly.

I can now safely say that 'X' is indeed a better album than '+', with a wider range of styles, some mellow, others more upbeat, even some rap thrown in for good measure. One of the most different tunes in particular is the title track, because it doesn't really sound like Ed. My favourite songs are 'I See Fire' from 'The Hobbit' soundtrack last year, I was pleased to see that this slow burning but powerful towards the end song made the final cut on here, and the last single of the album, 'Thinking Out Loud', which is beautiful.

The three year wait for album number two was worth it, and although I look forward to a third in the future, it does has big boots to fill on account of Ed's high standards so far. However, I have every confidence in his talent, and think Ed Sheeran will be around on the music scene for a lot more years to come, and deserves all of the chart action and acclaim he has received already in a remarkable yet short career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2015
LOVE THIS ALBUM ALSO READ NEW FIRST BIOGRAPHY ON ED SHEEERAN'S MATE AND RIVAL - PAOLO NUTINI:COMING UP EASY. JUST OUT ON AMAZON PAPERBACK AND KINDLE.
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