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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's a little glib to call Ed Sheeran the U.K.'s answer to Jason Mraz, yet there's a grain of truth in that statement. Like Mraz, Sheeran plays around with hip-hop cadences but at his core he's a singer/songwriter, and a sensitive one at that, one who prefers love tunes to songs of protest, something that is quite evident on X, his second collection of original songs. Although he sometimes pours out his heart armed with no more than an acoustic guitar, he's not a troubadour; those hip-hop roots means he'll not only ramble out a rap, but he's also quite comfortable with luxurious, shimmering textures and buoyant melodies. Naturally, these traits surface clearly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's a little glib to call Ed Sheeran the U.K.'s answer to Jason Mraz, yet there's a grain of truth in that statement. Like Mraz, Sheeran plays around with hip-hop cadences but at his core he's a singer/songwriter, and a sensitive one at that, one who prefers love tunes to songs of protest, something that is quite evident on X, his second collection of original songs. Although he sometimes pours out his heart armed with no more than an acoustic guitar, he's not a troubadour; those hip-hop roots means he'll not only ramble out a rap, but he's also quite comfortable with luxurious, shimmering textures and buoyant melodies. Naturally, these traits surface clearly on "Sing," a collaboration with Pharrell Williams that contains some of the natural ebullience of "Happy," along with the upscale whitebread rap of "The Man," but this good cheer surfaces on songs that are far removed from rhythm. When Sheeran sings slow, he rarely sings sad: he's a hybrid of Chris Martin and David Grey, a boy next door who hasn't lost his shaggy romanticism. His sweetness isn't cloying, not even when the productions are aimed straight down the middle of the road, which they often are on X. His boyishness doesn't give these immaculate confections grit so much as a wet, wide-eyed puppy dog heart. Sheeran is so good at this AAA gloss that whenever the mildly manic rapping surfaces -- which X does about every three songs or so -- it's a bit of sand in the Vaseline, preventing X from operating as smoothly as it'd like. Nevertheless, these gangly excursions in rap are evidence of Sheeran's youth and his generation, something that keeps X from being merely a bit of excellently crafted mature pop and gives it some appealing character.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2014
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 825646285907
  • Catalog Number: 543295
  • Sales rank: 221

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One (4:12)
  2. 2 I'm a Mess (4:04)
  3. 3 Sing (3:55)
  4. 4 Don't (3:39)
  5. 5 Nina (3:45)
  6. 6 Photograph (4:18)
  7. 7 Bloodstream (5:00)
  8. 8 Tenerife Sea (4:01)
  9. 9 Runaway (3:25)
  10. 10 The Man (4:10)
  11. 11 Thinking Out Loud (4:41)
  12. 12 Afire Love (5:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ed Sheeran Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Lenny Castro Percussion
Luis Conte Percussion
Peter Gosling Piano
Andrew Coleman Guitar
Eric Lynn Keyboards
Adam MacDougall Keyboards
Jason Lader Bass, Keyboards
Jeff Bhasker Piano, Electric Bass, Keyboards
Blake Mills Guitar
Foy Vance Background Vocals
Chris Dave Drums
Davide Rossi Strings
Chris Leonard Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Hand Clapping, Soloist
Johnny McDaid Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals
Jake Gosling Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Drums, Horn, Hand Clapping, fender rhodes
Ed Howard Hand Clapping
Eamon Harkin Percussion, Vocals
Tyler Sam Johnson Electric Guitar
Courtney Cox Percussion, Vocals
Coco Arquette Percussion, Vocals
Geoff Leaa Drums
Technical Credits
Rick Rubin Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Stuart Hawkes Mastering
Pharrell Williams Composer, Producer
Benny Blanco Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Andrew Coleman Engineer, Digital Editing
Gary Lightbody Composer
Matty Green Engineer
Amy Wadge Composer
Jason Lader Engineer
Jeff Bhasker Producer
Christian Langdon Digital Editing
Foy Vance Composer
Davide Rossi String Arrangements
Matt de Jong Layout
Emile Haynie drum programming, Additional Production
Johnny McDaid Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Benjamin Levin Composer
Rudimental Composer
Jake Gosling Programming, Producer, Engineer
Sean Oakley Engineer, Digital Editing
Ed Sheeran Composer, Programming, Instrumentation
Tyler Sam Johnson Engineer, drum programming
Geoff Swan Engineer
Joshua Smith Digital Editing
Phillip Butch Illustrations
William Hicks Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Editing
Eric Cardieux Digital Editing
Chris "Anger Management" Scafani Engineer
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  • Posted August 12, 2014

    The entire album is winderful. Every song...

    The entire album is winderful. Every song...

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