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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 that he's also quite comfortable with luxurious, shimmering textures and buoyant melodies. Naturally, these traits surface ...
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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 that 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. [X was also released as a two-LP set.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2014
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 825646285877
  • Catalog Number: 543295
  • Sales rank: 54

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Ed Sheeran Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2014

    I LOVE Ed Sheeran, but when I put this on my record player, it w

    I LOVE Ed Sheeran, but when I put this on my record player, it was completely defective! It was slow and his voice was very deep. I messed around with my speed setting, which is always on 33, and nothing worked. Super sad! I returned it the same day.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2015

    After waiting until last week for this LP which was ordered in m

    After waiting until last week for this LP which was ordered in mid-December, my daughter just reported to me that hers also plays slow as someone else said. I am disappointed that it took so long and now it's defective! It will be going back unfortunately.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2015

    I ordered this LP before Christmas for my daughter and still hav

    I ordered this LP before Christmas for my daughter and still haven't received it (almost 30 days now). Barns and Noble just sent me an email stating that it will not ship til Feb 2! I paid extra for the 1-2 day delivery for nothing apparently. B&N has really let me and my daughter down here. I would not recommend ordering LPs from B&N.

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  • Posted September 1, 2014

    Well, it's pretty obvious not many teenagers these days have rec

    Well, it's pretty obvious not many teenagers these days have record players around. Fortunately, making them is a hobby of my father's, so i am lucky enough to have one in my 70's themed basement. And i love Ed Sheeran. He's literally incredible, and hearing his voice is one of the most satisfying sounds in my life. So of course i ordered this for my record player. Vinyl makes everything so much more high defined. So i can hear everything. His voice, when he takes a breath, each and every word so clearly like he's performing a live concert right in front of me. So, my rating? Exceptional. I'm so glad that his albums are available on vinyl, and I'm just as happy that they are easy to access at Barnes and Noble. And there's a song for every mood. I know i am getting off track, and am making this more about Ed Sheeran than the fundamentally important service this book store has to offer, but I can't really help it. If you like Ed and have a record player, i highly suggest it. I feel his every emotion. It's like stepping into his shoes. I can feel the confusion, the anger, the love. This is cheesy, I know, but I'm not apologizing for it. I'm just so proud of him.   

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    Posted November 30, 2014

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