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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the British singer-songwriter features collaborations and production from Benny Blanco, Johnny McDaid, Pharrell Williams, and Rick Rubin.
  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Genre(s): Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jun 24, 2014
    100
    Throughout it all, Sheeran stays true to the essential artistic notions of the classic singer-songwriter genre by treating his music as a vehicle for emotional veracity, personal revelation and universal inclusion.
  2. Jun 23, 2014
    80
    He's taken chances and won again. [Jul 2014, p.115]
  3. Jun 23, 2014
    80
    An album more obviously influenced by urban music than its predecessor, which sees Sheeran gently, but confidently, pushing at the boundaries of what he does.
  4. Actually, there’s nothing Sheeran does here that Mraz hasn’t done before, often more cleverly. Even so, Sheeran can write a hummable tune and, clearly, has something young girls love even more than looks: heart.
  5. Jul 28, 2014
    60
    The album is good that’s for sure; Sheeran is too talented to deliver a sub par album. It suffers in terms of consistency.
  6. Jun 30, 2014
    50
    Though charmingly lo-fi and sure to satisfy any enamoured female fan, most of these tracks drag on too long without any payoff.
  7. Jun 23, 2014
    40
    The name of the game here may be multiplying, but Sheeran knows where his bread is buttered and that is in writing chick lit, not window-steamers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jun 23, 2014
    10
    I pretty much liked Ed's first album '+' and gave it an 8/10 but i wasn't blown away by it. I was quite looking forward to 'x' thoughI pretty much liked Ed's first album '+' and gave it an 8/10 but i wasn't blown away by it. I was quite looking forward to 'x' though especially after the 1st single 'Sing' and all i can say is, after listening to the complete album, that it completely blew me away and definitely surpassed my expectations of how good the album was going to be. In my opinion 'x' is an amazing album, way better than '+'. Throughout 'x' Ed sounds great and as a whole the album is pretty diverse. '+' was just a start for him and with 'x' he really proves how capable of an artist he is leaving a great impression on all. For me the album is very polished and great to listen to; a serious contender for album of the year. I'm quite looking forward to hearing more from him and know for sure that this album is sure to be a huge hit and propel Ed to the top of the music industry. My favorites from the album include Don't, I'm a Mess, Runaway, The Man and Thinking Out Loud. Apart from the terrible artwork, 'x' is a great album. Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2014
    10
    Such an amazing album full of great songs. Ed is proving more and more how amazing and talented he is. I´m obsessed with "Shirtsleeves" andSuch an amazing album full of great songs. Ed is proving more and more how amazing and talented he is. I´m obsessed with "Shirtsleeves" and "Even my dad does sometimes", the lyrics are really good. Expand
  3. Jun 24, 2014
    9
    The one word that can sum up the whole record is "Brilliance". With "x", Ed Sheeran experiments musically, while not straying a lot from hisThe one word that can sum up the whole record is "Brilliance". With "x", Ed Sheeran experiments musically, while not straying a lot from his comfort zone and the formula he used on his previous record, "+". From the first lyric until the last one, Sheeran performs so flawlessly you can literally feel his pain, agony, happiness, love, or confusion. Here's a track-by-track review:
    1. One: No other track could have kicked off the album so beautifully, with Sheeran desperately asking a former lover to "always be a friend". My personnel favourite.(10/10)
    2. I'm a Mess: Great track with some great guitar riffs, and the last minute and a half will blow you away with Sheeran repeating "For how long I loved my lover?". A huge concert-bomb, this track is.(10/10)
    3. Sing: The lead single off of the record and the Pharell-driven Timberlak"ish" track is easily a stand-out, specially due to Sheeran's flawless falsetto.(10/10)
    4. Don't: A blue-eyed pop/hip-hop hit about a cheating flame. Obviously, a huge future-single choice. This track says "Rick Rubin" all over it.(10/10)
    5. Nina: A track about Sheeran and his former lover "watching DVD and smoking illegal weed", but finally he asks her to leave cause he'll never stop touring. Good one, but not the best one. (8/10)
    6. Photograph: There are no words to describe this, as many said, Snow Patrol-meets-Taylor Swift ballad. Just like Ed said it would, this track is gonna "change the path of his career". I would give it an 11 if i could. (10/10)
    7. Bloodstream: A bit clichéd, but the song is saved by 3 elements: Ed's soulful vocally-beautiful performance, Ed's perfectly executed guitar-riffs, and the obvious imprint of Rick Rubin on it. (9/10)
    8. Tenerife Sea: I'd be a liar if I said this track is not a great love weeding-ready song. One of those songs that says what every girl wants to hear. (9/10)
    9. Runaway: If this song doesn't become a huge hit and beautiful stop in concert, then I don't wanna live anymore. Once again, this great Pharrell-Timberlake song also says "ED SHEEEEERAN" all over it. He's not trying too hard, it just comes naturally. (10/10)
    10. The Man: If you missed the Streets you saw on You Need Me, I Don't Need You, well here we go back to his great rap, but about a different concept: heartbreak and the loss of an old flame. Flawlessly-done.(9/10)
    11. Thinking Out Loud: probably the biggest track on the album, along with Photograph. Great performance, great vocals, great instruments, great lyrics, great production. GREAT GREAT GREAT. (10/10)
    12. Afire Love: While his debut single was about a drug-addict prostitute, this one is about Alzheimer's and his grandpa's struggle with it. Yep, this is how much Ed's lyrics are diverse. Great heartbreaking closer.(9/10)
    So that about sums up the whole concept of the Brit's sophomore installment: You're Happy? Listen to it. You're sad and confused? Listen to it. Ed Sheeran just shows us just how far his talent can go. BUY IT PEOPLE!!
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  4. Jun 23, 2014
    8
    Ed Sheeran incorporates new elements into his music to make a stronger album then his first and is able to avoid the sophomore slump. The rapEd Sheeran incorporates new elements into his music to make a stronger album then his first and is able to avoid the sophomore slump. The rap elements are fun and the more urban sounding songs in the first half are better than anything you will find on +. The first half is substantially stronger then the second half but it is solid throughout.
    Notable songs: I'm a Mess, Sing, Photograph, Runaway and Afire Love
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  5. Jul 11, 2014
    8
    Existem alguns estágios na carreira de um artista musical que, normalmente, precisa-se se respeitado para que a jornada do mesmo seja a melhorExistem alguns estágios na carreira de um artista musical que, normalmente, precisa-se se respeitado para que a jornada do mesmo seja a melhor possível. Uma delas é a transição do primeiro álbum para o segundo. Há uma ordem já estabelecida que diz que o primeiro álbum deve mostrar o potencial do artista para o futuro. Mesmo que seja um trabalho genial é necessário não tomar cuidado para não enganado por um belo embrulho e esquecer que há mais coisas por baixo que devem ser levadas em conta. Essas coisas, então, devem ser mais bem mostradas no álbum seguinte para que o público saiba qual o verdadeiro artista está na sua frente. Então, o segundo álbum é o consolidador (ou não) da carreira de um artista. Claro, há várias exceções, mas, em vários casos acontece assim. O mais recente exemplo é do inglês Ed Sheeran. Para a alegria de Ed, seus fãs e do público em geral, o resultado de X (fala-se multiply, "multiplicação") o resultado é positivo. Melhor: o resultado é extremamente positivo, pois Ed, além de se mostrar um artista mais complexo que seu trabalho anterior, entrega um CD sensacional.

    X funciona espetacularmente em todos os níveis possíveis. Começa pelo fato de que o CD é deliciosamente despretensioso. Ed é um jovem de 23 anos que está à procura de um caminho em sua vida pessoa e devido a isso encontra no caminho obstáculos, comete erros e, as vezes, acerta. Mais do que isso: Ed quer apenas viver sua vida. Encontrar um sentido na sua existência. Como eu, você e todo mundo. Essa humanidade é perceptível em cada composição que compõem X dando ao trabalho uma atmosfera tão tocável e identificável. São as memórias, as vivências, as observações de Ed sobre a vida. Com uma preferência para os assuntos do coração, mas sem esquecer outras facetas e também utilizando em alguns momentos pitadas do humor e a ironia típica britânica, Ed demonstra uma habilidade para narrar as coisas banais com uma doçura única, mas sem perder o foco e cair em lugares comuns. Na verdade, Ed com ajuda de alguns parceiros interessantes se faz um expert em contar de maneira o que é de comum na vida de uma pessoa. Como um verdadeiro cantor/compositor, Ed domina suas canções com perfeição. Porém, nada pode preparar quem ouve todo o álbum para a impressionante presença e versatilidade que ele mostra aqui.

    Dono de um tom delicado e suave como seda, o cantor não se apega a isso para fazer as suas performances. Ed mostra uma capacidade impressionante no que tange se adaptar em diversos estilos para melhor interpretada cada canção de X. Ele se coloca na figura de cantor de pop estilo "Michael Jackson" com a mesma facilidade que tem para se modular na figura de cantor indie pop mostrando uma fragilidade emocionante. Então, Ed vira um rapper com um estilo divertido e afiado para depois carregar brilhantemente uma power balada pop sem nenhum momento perder as qualidades de sua voz. Finalmente, mas não menos importantes, as escolhas de Ed para a produção do álbum são acertada no momento que ele decidiu abrir o leque de possibilidades com a adição de novos nomes como Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin, Jeff Bhasker e Emile Haynie dando para a sua sonoridade um colorido mais vibrante e bem mais substância do que apenas trabalhar com Jake Gosling (produtor do anterior +), mas que também aqui tem seu nome credito em algumas músicas. Não que essas mudanças mudaram o estilo pop indie com base de violão e influências de R&B, folk e rock que Ed mostrou anteriormente, mas com a ajuda deles a sonoridade ficou mais refinada e intensa. O resultado final é um álbum inspirado e bastante coeso que ajuda a mostrar claramente quem é Ed Sheeran. Entre vários momentos marcantes em X é necessário destacar que o melhor momento é a emocionante Photograph, uma balada capaz de tirar lágrimas verdadeiras. Não menos sensacionais estão One, o single Sing, as com uma orientação mais voltada para o rap The Man e Take It Back, Thinking Out Loud que lembra muito as canções de John Mayer e, por fim, a bonita Afire Love. Ed Sheeran tem como o resultado de X, não apenas um dos melhores álbuns de 2014, mas o começo definitivo de uma carreira que vai ainda dar frutos ainda mais impressionantes.
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  6. Jun 27, 2014
    7
    It's just more of the same... But less. The album has a focus in the lyrics, not so much in the production. It makes 'X' a little less thanIt's just more of the same... But less. The album has a focus in the lyrics, not so much in the production. It makes 'X' a little less than '+'. They could be do it better. Expand
  7. Jun 27, 2014
    6
    It's just more of the same... But less. The album has a focus in the lyrics, not so much in the production. It makes 'X' a little less thanIt's just more of the same... But less. The album has a focus in the lyrics, not so much in the production. It makes 'X' a little less than '+'. They could be do it better. Expand

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