x [Deluxe]

x [Deluxe]

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by Ed Sheeran
     
 

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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.

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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. [A Deluxe Edition added four bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/2014
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0825646285860
catalogNumber:
544043
Rank:
14825

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ed Sheeran   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Violin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Luis Conte   Percussion
Peter Gosling   Piano
Andrew Coleman   Guitar
Amy Wadge   Piano
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
Nigel Collins   Cello
Chris Leonard   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Hand Clapping,Soloist
Johnny McDaid   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Jake Gosling   Synthesizer,Bass,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
Steve Gallagher   Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Producer
Benny Blanco   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Gary Lightbody   Composer
Matty Green   Engineer
Amy Wadge   Composer
Jason Lader   Engineer
Jeff Bhasker   Producer
Foy Vance   Composer
Davide Rossi   String Arrangements
Matt de Jong   Layout
Emile Haynie   drum programming,Additional Production
Graham Kennedy   Engineer
Johnny McDaid   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Rudimental   Composer
Jake Gosling   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Sean Oakley   Engineer
Ed Sheeran   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Chris Sclafani   Engineer
Tyler Sam Johnson   Engineer,drum programming
Geoff Swan   Engineer
Phillip Butch   Illustrations
William Hicks   Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Editing

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X 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ChrispyTortilla More than 1 year ago
Bought the record, played it to be surprised by a very deep voice but it was just the speed. "Don't" was scratched up so I can't listen to that song.
MAHva More than 1 year ago
The entire album is winderful. Every song...