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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release from Ed Sheeran was inspired in part by Edward Elgar's 1899 composition Enigma Variations and was produced by Aaron Dessner.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
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  1. Sep 28, 2023
    Sheeran sounds like a supercharged David Gray. Grown-up. Energised. Forget Autumn, this feels like an album of bright new dawns.
  2. Sep 29, 2023
    On Autumn Variations, the storytelling skills that paved the way for Sheeran’s mainstream success are on full display.
  3. 60
    There’s no standout tune on here to match Elgar’s “Nimrod”, of course, but there’s enough soupy seasonal sentimentality to fill the Royal Albert Hall.
  4. Oct 3, 2023
    An album that sustains a mellow, melancholy mood without quite distinguishing itself as a collection of individual songs. Then again, that's kind of the point of the album: it's a pensive soundtrack for a specific season, nothing more and nothing less.
  5. 40
    The nuance and specificity of his last album’s songwriting is largely absent; instead ‘Autumn Variations’ is akin to aimlessly swiping through Instagram, blurry snaps of followers’ leafy happenings whizzing past in a distracted daze.
  6. Sep 28, 2023
    Yet despite this genre-hopping, most songs eventually end up in the same realm: that of a bland, plodding vaguely sentimental ballad boasting at least one instantly memorable hook.