- 29 Sep 23
A slight sway from the usual comes in Sheeran's sixth solo studio album.
Beloved English superstar Ed Sheeran has brought forth his second album of the year, titled Autumn Variations. The 'Galway Girl' crooner is a bit like marmite - you either love him or hate him - and for some of us, you could take it or leave it. However, it's undeniable he writes a cracking tune, and seems like a lovely lad.
Autumn Variations marks Sheeran's first venture away from mathematics related album titles - and with this comes a slight sound change for the artist. The new album is fresher, explores more sounds, and generally takes a step outside the usual box for the highly regarded musician.
Opening with 'Magical', an indie-pop ballad, the album varies between slow layered harmonies and more upbeat dance tunes, with a good selection of typical Sheeran earworms. 'England' brings heartfelt patriotic vibes from the artists, with 'Blue' adding fantastic falsetto into the mix. 'Head > Heels' is a sickly-sweet album closer, with deeply heartwarming lyrics to boot.
A personal favourite, 'Midnight' combines the artist's flair for guitar with interesting drums beats and production making for something different from the release.
Standouts from the 14-track collectio include: 'Punchline', 'Page', 'Head > Heels', 'That's On Me', and the aforementioned 'Midnight'.
A tad more variety wouldn't have gone a-miss, but overall, it's a decent offering from the hugely popular singer, adding another feather to his musical cap.