Mathematical symbols play a very important role in Ed Sheeran’s work. We first added, then multiplied, then divided and now we balance. That sign “equals” is great for naming the current record. Its author balances all his musical faces, which he has shown us so far.
As the inconspicuous British became one of the biggest megastars of pop music, it became clear that millions of music needed to be prepared for the masses of millions — one that would appeal to mainstream radios, department stores, and elevator cars. But the beauty of Ed Sheeran’s work also lies in the fact that, despite the booming commerciality, he still manages to keep the face of a boy who just wanted to play the guitar and sing. The fact that there are millions of eager fans under the stage is just a side effect.
The giant success of the previous series “Divide” puts the singer in front of one of the most difficult moments of any music career – where to go next? Is it possible to bring something new to the world that surpasses all the previous ones? Will people still enjoy it? Or it will be better to get stuck in a stage “it worked before, it will work again”? The answer to all these questions is one single sign from mathematics. Whatever you use in algebra “plus”, “times” or “divided”will always follow “equals”. Sheeran thus cleverly added, multiplied or divided individual musical elements from her previous albums in the form of mathematical equations, and the result is the current album “Equals”. Textually, he still tells ordinary stories of an ordinary boy, but musically he is varied: sometimes he wraps the verses in an electropop burner, while elsewhere a good old guitar is enough to express him. The pilot singles “Bad Habits” and “Shivers” tell of lust and desire. While the latter song follows in the footsteps of the previous megahit “Shape Of You”, the former has sunk into the unexplored waters of club electropop. Ed tried to take it a little differently again, and luckily he succeeded again. And the dance beats are not spared even in the final “Be Right Now”, which would work quite well as a mournful ballad. “Overpass Graffiti” turned toward the 80’s synthesizers.
Although Sheeran could make a dance recording with a finger in his nose, his strength still lies in slow and sensitive ballads. By being lined up on the record with the more agile ones, there is no feeling of the slightest boredom and as a whole the album is a great place. It can easily happen that after a fifty-minute run you will want an immediate start. Beautiful in lyrics and music is the touching “Visiting Hours”, which the author dedicated to the Australian producer and friend Michael Gudinsky, who died in the spring. Gudinski, for example, stood by the side of Kylie Minogue’s music career, so you can hear her in the backing vocals. The lovers “First Times” or “The Joker And The Queen” are also in a very calm spirit, which will surely become hot candidates for the first wedding wedding. In addition to studios with names after mathematical signs, we must not forget the inexhaustible number of singers’ guests and collaborations. After all, he presented several such projects in numbered collections, which, in addition to a constellation of famous guests, were also characterized by more American a sound that balances between EDM and r’n’b. The trio of “Collide”, “2step” and “Stop The Rain” are clear representatives. After listening to the news for the first time, you may find that you perceive individual songs, but somehow it’s not what you would expect from him. Such it is: “Hmm, nice, but nothing extra.” However, I have one tip for you so that the whole record blossoms in its infinite beauty. Take a family, friends, boyfriend or girlfriend and go on a road trip with them. A soundtrack better than “Equals” can’t be done right now.
Ed Sheeran certainly didn’t record his best album. But there are situations where you accept it with open arms and rejoice in every song. Balance and balance here it stinks in every tone and syllable, and in the end you will have no choice but to fall in love with this redhead again. Now the question arises as to whether there will be a negative board represented by a sign “minus”, or we’ll jump straight to some of the square roots and integrals.