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  • Summary: The British singer-songwriter's debut full-length album was produced by Jake Gosling and No ID.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Jun 18, 2012
    83
    Gentle standouts like "The A Team" and "Small Bump" cast a quieter spell. [22 Jun 2012, p.64]
  2. 80
    He's a bona fide hitmaker with a colossal YouTube following, working in the argot and style of his own generation
  3. Q Magazine
    Sep 28, 2011
    80
    Fresh-faced wunderkind aces his debut. [Oct 2011, p.118]
  4. Sep 23, 2011
    60
    His debut's failure to capitalize on his unique selling point means it's likely to leave everyone else nonplussed.
  5. Sep 23, 2011
    50
    + will give Sheeran's rabid fanbase a lot to love, but it'll also make him an easy target for critics hungry for new directions in pop, as it fails to really gel the man's loves of folk and rap.
  6. Sep 23, 2011
    50
    Ed Sheeran is an impressive talent, but his juvenile lyrics and lightweight sensibility make him a tough sell to any one old enough to drink.
  7. Sep 23, 2011
    40
    Half-rapped banalities about watching Shrek 12 times and being "crap at computer games" will certainly win hearts, but perhaps only those of a certain age.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Jul 6, 2018
    10
    One of the best pop albums of all time. It is extremely emotional, and has a wide variety of songs, with some being slow and sad, while othersOne of the best pop albums of all time. It is extremely emotional, and has a wide variety of songs, with some being slow and sad, while others upbeat and fun. It hits right with extremely deep lyrics in songs like "The A Team" and "Wake Me Up". The other songs are just fun, such as "Grade 8" and "You Need Me, I Don't Need You". An incredible album, and almost everything is a must listen. Expand
  2. Mar 16, 2013
    10
    Ed Sheeran is my favorite artist. He sings so beautifully and has true talent. I love this album so much. All the songs on this album areEd Sheeran is my favorite artist. He sings so beautifully and has true talent. I love this album so much. All the songs on this album are really good. I can't wait for his next album, I hope its as great as this one. Expand
  3. Nov 11, 2012
    10
    Ed Sheeran is a musical genius. His lyrics are perfection. The music he makes is original and unmistakable, he is like no other. This albumEd Sheeran is a musical genius. His lyrics are perfection. The music he makes is original and unmistakable, he is like no other. This album proves how talented his is, if I could only listen to one album for the rest of my life it would be this one, it is an excellent album, if you say or think otherwise, you need your hearing check. His voice is amazing, he is so very talented. If you haven't gotten this album yet, I have no idea what you are waiting for. This album is sheer perfection. It is absolutely flawless. I have no idea why there are bad reviews on this album, those people clearly have horrible taste in anything and everything. This album is amazing, I promise you. Expand
  4. Jun 27, 2014
    8
    An excellent debut album that has lyrics so wonderful and creative. A lot feelings of love and pain. Ed Sheeran is one of the best songwriterAn excellent debut album that has lyrics so wonderful and creative. A lot feelings of love and pain. Ed Sheeran is one of the best songwriter of UK. Its all. Expand
  5. Oct 25, 2012
    7
    A nice uplifting album, but you need to be in the mood for it as everything does more or less sounds the same, maybe a bit more variety in theA nice uplifting album, but you need to be in the mood for it as everything does more or less sounds the same, maybe a bit more variety in the next album? Expand
  6. Apr 6, 2020
    7
    + by Ed Sheeran: 6.86

    The A Team: 1 Drunk: 1 U.N.I.: 0.75 Grade 8: 1 :) Wake Me Up: 0.5 Small Bump: 1! This: 0.75 The City: 1 :)
    + by Ed Sheeran: 6.86

    The A Team: 1
    Drunk: 1
    U.N.I.: 0.75
    Grade 8: 1 :)
    Wake Me Up: 0.5
    Small Bump: 1!
    This: 0.75
    The City: 1 :)
    Lego House: 0.75
    You Need Me, I Don’t Need You: 1 :)
    Kiss Me: 0.5
    Give Me Love: 0.5
    Autumn Leaves: 0.75
    Little Bird: 1 :)
    Gold Rush: 0.75
    Sunburn: 1

    13.25/16 ~ .828 ->

    I know some really hard-core Ed Sheeran fans, and hadn’t heard a lot of his music before earlier this year, when they played me some of his Divide stuff. I really liked the songs that I heard, so I decided to try his first album, +. I was really happy with what I heard. I mostly listen to rock and roll music, so it was nice and refreshing to listen to some acoustic songs. At least, it was nice at first, but that type of music got a little repetitive. Luckily, Ed Sheeran is really, really good at writing lyrics, to his credit. This got to the point where it didn’t matter if the music sounded similar; the lyrics were different enough to where it was fine, as the songs had different subjects. The imagery he creates and the word choice he uses make + really fun to listen to. I had a great time listening to Ed Sheeran’s first album, and would recommend this album to everyone who enjoys really good music. I am looking forward to his next albums. Highlights: The A Team, Drunk, Grade 8, Small Bump, The City, You Need Me, I Don’t Need You, Little Bird, and Sunburn.
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  7. Jul 28, 2020
    0
    Really cornyyyyyyy and wayyyyyyy toooooo boorrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiinnnnnnngggggg

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