the 1975 in photos
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the 1975 in photos
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the 1975 in photos
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the 1975 in photos
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multiply in photos
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multiply in photos

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the more recent obsession

you know I never pictured myself falling in love with music like this… I never planned to fall in love with music at all. it just happened. and, well people like tyler and josh just change things. they do the unexpected. they live life authentically. and they help. they’ve helped so many people through that dark night, or the end of that long day. they make it so that the sun rises again for one more person. and I think that’s truly amazing.

Icarus is flying tea-wards an early grave

went to paint-your-own-pottery today.

the girl looked at me weird when I said i only wanted black.

(it will look better once they fire it)

people of chicago
by me

sometimes quiet is viølent

theironyofambiguity:

You feel so connected to the people around you when you’re packed together with no room apart, accidentally groping people at times, all screaming out the lyrics to a song you all love.

House of Gold
4/3/14

this literally got 0 notes when I posted it wow

themoodring-inyour-junkdrawer whispered: Your review on Eds new album is so spot on and perfect! I loved that you talked about the instrumental patterns and how much his voice has progressed. Also you did an amazing job comparing it to +. thank you so much for sharing your intelligent insight on Multiply!

thanks so much for the feedback! that was my first time writing in depth about music so I’m glad to hear that you like it! thanks again :)

x - Ed Sheeran

Review - June 23, 2014


I’m writing this review during my second full listen of the album, having heard 75% of the album pre-release. I’ve been waiting for this album for 2 years, the longest I’ve ever anticipated a release. My excitement was well warranted. The album reminds me of something Taylor Swift said. The thing that made her want to write with Ed was his use of rhythm with lyrics. “Nobody else is writing pre-choruses and verses like that.” How right she is. So as to not miss anything, I’ll talk about the record in 3 sections: instrumentals, vocals, and content.

Instrumentals:

The talk surrounding this album is how different it is from “+”, Ed’s previous album. Some people attribute this to the different effects in songs like “Sing”, others to the producers. I accredit it to the presence of percussion. I can only think of 3 or 4 tracks from “+” that have prevalent percussion. I can only think of 3 or 4 from “x” that don’t. The only word I can use to explain the effect of the drums is… thereness.

Sometime last year I remember telling my friend, “I hope there is more technical guitar on the next album.” I must have had a premonition. “One”, “Bloodstream”, “Tenerife Sea”, “Runaway”, “The Man”, and “I See Fire” have complicated riffs and elegant fingerpicking. It just makes the music a pleasure to listen to.

My favorite part instrumentally is how Ed really uses the bridge to make one song different from the next and utilizes this part of the song more consistently than most other artists.

I guess this is the part of the review where I also talk about the genre. It’s impossible to put “x” into one shiny box. The record ranges from love ballads like “Thinking Out Loud”, to 90’s L.A. soul (“Don’t”), to songs like “Bloodstream” that just refuse to be categorized. There are also songs like “One” and “Photograph” that, to older fans, feel like coming home.

Vocals:

I should just say now, if you haven’t listened to “+”, do that now. Then come back.

Alright. So you’ve listened to “+”. Hear the quiet simplicity of “Wake Me Up”? Enjoy the fast singing in “U.N.I.”? The desperation in “Give Me Love”? Good, now magnify those emotions. Ed does an amazing job of communication. It might just be me, but I think there are parts of “Don’t” that deliver the best. Some of his notes in the song just clip off or tilt down, and it just seems like he’s disappointed, which is fitting.
His voice has progressed so far. “Sing” and “One” demonstrate this very well. I’d like to say the high notes in “Sing” and the held note in “One” were possible in 2011, but the truth is they weren’t.

And you know the best part of all of this? We know it’s real. We saw it on Saturday Night Live, we saw it at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, and we saw it at Hammerstein. It’s no effect in the studio, he’s just that talented.

Content:

Ed is a genius. “Tell me that you turned down the man / Who asked for your hand / ‘Cause you’re waiting for me.” THE MAN? Could it be coincidence, or intended? It’s Ed Sheeran. Who really knows? Two references to Bon Iver on the album make you smile and a shoutout to Foy Vance makes you love him.

Ed doesn’t take his career for granted. Well wishes for his former opening act and reminiscing nights spent with his mates show that he really is a good person, someone who deserves fame.
Some people might not know that “Even My Dad Does Sometimes” is not a new song. Formerly known as “Hold On”, I know it’s gotten many people through rough times, including myself. I think Ed realized how important the song is and that’s why he included it. I hope it gets a few more people through that tough night.


I’d just like to finish by saying the album is extraordinary. If you haven’t bought it, buy it now! It’s so worth it. To Ed, congratulations and I’ll see you in September, even if you don’t see me.

theironyofambiguity:

stay strong,
live on,
power to the local dreamer.

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