October 29 is theEd Sheeran Day. His highly anticipated new album is released = (it is read Equals) showing a 30-year-old boy, new father of Lyra Antarctica born in 2020, in love with his wife Cherry Seaborn, finally more resolved. “It sounds a bit hippie to say, but this record is the end of a question and the beginning of an answer. I feel like my twenties have been lived in the midst of many questions, “why am I doing this, where am I going? “. The transition to thirty years, becoming a father and marrying me, brought many answers and this is what disco talks about. Find out who I am today ».
Published by Warner Music and written and recorded in Suffolk, London, Sweden and Los Angeles and produced by Fred, Johnny McDaid and Ed himself, it is the fourth in the series of symbolic titles and is the one from which it restarts, four years after publication of ÷ (Divide), in its unstoppable evolution, gradually accompanying the listener in novelty. New life as a guiding thread, symbolized by the butterflies on the cover, finally free to fly.
It starts again without changing, without surprising. And in Ed Sheeran’s case that’s good. His guitar, his way of crossing the words, the rhythm that does not allow you to keep your feet still from the first track, nor your hands, which beat in the overwhelming Shivers, his latest single. That this album was going to overwhelm was understood since Bad Habits the forerunner track of this record, in the video of which you can see a vampire who gives in to any excess and who in our country is double platinum «IThe boy in the video could be me, at 25“. And then the first ballad, confirming why he became the most loved songwriter in the world with a total of 52 million albums sold. First time is track number 3, the one to listen to next to the fireplace, under a blanket for two, between the first kisses that can also be the last. The British singer-songwriter in this seventh work reconfirms the soundtrack of a thousand love stories, of first kisses and great breakups, but also reconfirms the desire to experiment, to go in search of new sounds and new patterns.
Love in the center (The Jocker And the Queen, perhaps the sweetest, to dedicate, Love in Slow Motion), the loss of a friend (in Visiting Hours, written shortly after the death of his mentor and friend Michael Gudinski, try not to cry), paternity (Leave your life, where dad talks to little Lyra from the heart), Ed lets us enter his life, his work, shows his personal vision of what surrounds him, from the most intimate aspects, including the dark moments as in 2steps or those most exposed, surrounded by gossip, in 14 songs born before and during the pandemic. Be right now closes the disc. Be here now. And listening to this song where “We are we are the sound”, that’s exactly where we want to be.
Ed Sheeran will be in Milan at the end of November for a special live event. 400 lucky fans will be selected after the disc is purchased. Details on mondadoristore.it.
I am Derek Black, an author of World Stock Market. I have a degree in creative writing and journalism from the University of Central Florida. I have a passion for writing and informing the public. I strive to be accurate and fair in my reporting, and to provide a voice for those who may not otherwise be heard.