Fans have been patiently awaiting the return of Ed Sheeran since January 2016 when he proclaimed that he would be taking a year off from music and the spotlight. Ed resurfaced in January 2017 and quickly released two singles “Castle on the Hill” with cover art of a horizontal black line on a blue background, as well as “Shape of You” with a back colon on the same blue background.
Rumors of an upcoming album are already swirling amongst fans, and based on the singles’ cover art as well as Ed’s social media accounts being riddled with division signs one can only assume the upcoming album will be entitled . This album title makes thematic sense following X released in 2014.
“Shape of You”
Based on all of the romantic songs he has released, and those that have received significant accolades, Ed is surely a hopeless romantic. In the past he has expressed a desire to settle down and have a family, and this song appears to mark guys’ nights out and an attempt at love, or simply lust. Regardless, we are back to the catchy rhythmic beats alongside the lyrically talented and borderline rapping Ed.
“Castle on the Hill”
From what I can tell this track was written while Ed was on his way home one year ago, a love song to his childhood and life in Hebden Bridge, UK. He reminisces on old relationships, and scenes from his younger years. You can sense his excitement and anticipation of being in a familiar place, living a simpler life with old friends.
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