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  1. #11
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    Aw, shucks. I was hoping some of it would be in French.
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    Although I like his voice and many of his songs, Bruce Sprinsteen is nearly monotone in all of his songs. Not much melodic variation.

    Bon Jovi (besides being a complete prick to Richie Sambora), hits the "pretentious/over-dramatic" list.
    Her: (trying to be profound) If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
    Me: (Hungover and really not in the mood) The only tool I have is a screwdriver, so every problem looks like I can solve it by screwing.
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  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Amnesiac View Post
    Although I like his voice and many of his songs, Bruce Sprinsteen is nearly monotone in all of his songs. Not much melodic variation.

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    And it’s called

    Multiply I have to use the spelled-out version otherwise the system doesn’t recognise it, not that you or I care - Year: 2014


    Starts the same as the previous one but then he goes all soul/funk and it’s just embarrassing. Add in some sub-hip-hop on “Don’t” and I just want to jump off a tall building, or even better, push him off one. If only he had taken the advice he gives himself in the title! This album almost makes me appreciate the debut. Man it’s awful. Well, “Photograph” is all right I guess, and “Bloodstream” is not without its charm, but “Tenerife Sea” is my favourite, not because it’s a good song (it isn’t) but due to the lyric: “Say the word and I’ll disappear into the wilderness.” Off you go then, Sheerhan: the word is given. Yeah, this is bloody woeful. How did this get to number one and sell over two million copies in the UK? Guess there’s no accounting for taste. Sigh.

    Come away, human child to the waters and the wild
    With a faery hand in hand.
    For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand. - WB Yeats "The Stolen Child"

    I drink to forget, but I never forget to drink.

    "If the real Jesus Christ were to stand up today
    He'd be gunned down cold by the CIA" - The The, "Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)" - Mind Bomb, 1989


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    Quote Originally Posted by Amnesiac View Post
    Although I like his voice and many of his songs, Bruce Sprinsteen is nearly monotone in all of his songs. Not much melodic variation.
    You could say the same about Knopfler, Cave, Waits or even Dylan. A singer doesn't have to emote madly to be a good singer.
    Bon Jovi (besides being a complete prick to Richie Sambora), hits the "pretentious/over-dramatic" list.
    Well now you're just asking for it all. You don't like "monotone" singers and you don't like ones who are "over-dramatic"? So Freddie Mercury is out? Bono? Bowie? Bolan? etc etc etc
    Come away, human child to the waters and the wild
    With a faery hand in hand.
    For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand. - WB Yeats "The Stolen Child"

    I drink to forget, but I never forget to drink.

    "If the real Jesus Christ were to stand up today
    He'd be gunned down cold by the CIA" - The The, "Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)" - Mind Bomb, 1989


    The most destructive force on the planet is not nukes or global warming...it is the human ego. - Ralph Rotten

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    Right there with you on so-sappy-it-hurts Sheeran.
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    Two down, two to go. The next one is yet another symbol we all remember from school, and could, I suppose, in some circumstances, be seen as a negative compared to the (ostensibly) positive symbols used on his first two albums. Yeah.

    Divide Recorded 2016

    I’m sure it didn’t divide his fans, but is it likely to add to my contempt for his music or multiply it, or even divide it in two? All right, that’s enough maths puns. Let’s get the bloody thing over with before I start drawing Venn diagrams or something.

    Oh no! A stupid poxy rap right off. This ain’t going to be good is it? Well “Dive” is a decent bluesy ballad and the presence of Clapton on guitar is certainly welcome, but then I realise I’ve heard “Shape of You” before, and its rhythm has really annoyed me without knowing who to blame. Now I know who to blame. I haven’t heard “Perfect” before, but given his supposed propensity for subtly ripping other artists off on occasion, I feel I know this melody but I can’t place it.
    “Galway Girl” is just embarrassing (check out Steve Earle’s for a much better song, nothing to do with this one) and the fiddles and pipes just add to the triteness. As we say here, Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

    “Happier” is better though it’s quickly subsumed back into the muck and dross by “New Man” which sounds like Backstreet Boys trying to do hip-hop or something. And again there’s a rip-off as “How Would You Feel” has the melodic fingerprints of Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately” all over it. Yeah, pretty poor album that once again broke all chart records (probably) and apparently every single ****ing track got into the top twenty! Every. Single. One. That’s what happens when people are able to buy tracks singly instead of shellling out for the album.

    Come away, human child to the waters and the wild
    With a faery hand in hand.
    For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand. - WB Yeats "The Stolen Child"

    I drink to forget, but I never forget to drink.

    "If the real Jesus Christ were to stand up today
    He'd be gunned down cold by the CIA" - The The, "Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)" - Mind Bomb, 1989


    The most destructive force on the planet is not nukes or global warming...it is the human ego. - Ralph Rotten

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    I really don’t want to go for this last one, but **** it, in for a cent, huh?
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    No. 6 Collaborations Project Year: 2019

    Bringing, I guess, his interest in hip-hop and R&B to its full climax, this is, as the title suggests, a collaboration effort with various other artists, some from the world of pop (Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars) and hip-hop (50 Cent, Travis Scott, Eminem among them) and so I couldn’t imagine it really being a Sheeran album, but I suppose it’s important to listen to it as part of his discography, and considering it’s his most recent too. I really couldn’t be bothered namechecking all the stars who contribute to this, or who plays or sings on what: if you want to find out then check the Wiki page.

    Of course, this also hit number one on both sides of the Atlantic, which is not at all surprising when you consider that in addition to the legions of Sheeran fans it would also appeal to fans of each/all of the contributors, so it was a shameless grab for sales based on reputations. Is it any good? Hard to say really: there are so many different styles, singers and types of music on it that it might as well be titled “Hip-Hop and R&B Greatest Hits” edited by and written by Ed Sheeran Definitely the album of his that I have the least interest in hearing, and the one I expect to like least. It’s also the one with the most tracks (fifteen) but I’m thankful for small mercies as they’re all relatively short.

    No doubt fans of or people familiar with Stormzy, Khalid, 50 Cent and all the rest will like it, and to be honest, the writing apart, I don’t see any real input from Sheeran and he might as well not be there on most of the tracks, which I thnk kind of defeats the purpose of the album. But then, do I care? I do not. I see he’s shown as performing “all vocals”, though of course that doesn’t include those contributed by the guests, which for me tend to, each time, take over the particular track they’re used on, but hey ho.

    Okay, “Best Part of Me” isn’t bad, kind of goes back to his style from the first two albums. Ish. The next song, the one with Bieber (two members of the hate list for the price of one!) reflects my attitude towards this album, and, mostly, towards Sheeran in general. "I Don't Care". Man, it’s ****ing awful. That ****ing chicken-clucking sound at the end of the chorus. Shut the **** up! Okay I’ve basically hated just about everything on this. The metal-like guitar intro to “Blow” was surprising and welcome, but man is it way too little too late. I am out of here!


    Come away, human child to the waters and the wild
    With a faery hand in hand.
    For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand. - WB Yeats "The Stolen Child"

    I drink to forget, but I never forget to drink.

    "If the real Jesus Christ were to stand up today
    He'd be gunned down cold by the CIA" - The The, "Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)" - Mind Bomb, 1989


    The most destructive force on the planet is not nukes or global warming...it is the human ego. - Ralph Rotten

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    So what’s the end result then? Having listened to all four of Ed Sheeran’s albums, do I still hate him, or have I come to a better appreciation of both him as a person and his music? Well, yes and no. That is, yes I still hate him and no I haven’t come to appreciate him, not at all. I won’t deny some of his music, particularly on his first album, is all right, but the rapping and the attempt to be the next, “nice” Eminem while still pandering to his fanbase of folky pop kids bugs the hell out of me, I must admit. It’s not even good: I mean, he swings from one to the other like someone who isn’t really sure what he wants to do, what direction he wants to take. Or like someone who’s trying to be all things to all men, please everyone, and we know that’s nigh on impossible.

    His most recent album though says it all. It’s almost an abandoning of the themes and ideas explored on the first three albums, and his diving head-first into hip-hop and soul. For me, it just doesn’t work. It’s too crowded. If this had been just him paying tribute to the hip-hop artists he admires, that might have been something, but essentially he seems to have handed control over to Eminem, Khalid, Scott et al and the album became more a collaboration/compilation (which, to be fair, he both titled it and considers it to be) than a pure Ed Sheeran album.

    But even had it been the latter, I don’t believe his music speaks to me. I just don’t like it. I mean, I like some of it, and there’s no questioning the fact that he’s both a good musician and a good songwriter, but so are hundreds of other people. What makes him so special? What has he got that they don’t? Why do millions wet themselves at the thought of a new Ed Sheeran album or going to see him live? You got me. Even his fans, as I mentioned at the beginning of this piece, can't put it into words.

    Maybe I just don’t get it. Maybe I’m too old. Maybe I prefer my music to have a bit more direction and heart, and not seem like it’s written to appeal directly to a pre-selected audience. Maybe I just don’t like him. But as some sort of wunderkind of the pop world, as every teenage girl (and maybe boy)’s fantasy, as a role model for generations? Nah. I get that he’s basically safe, so kids can go to see him with their parents and both enjoy the concert, and fair play to them and him. But he’s not for me, and I don’t get the cult of celebrity, the almost worship that has arisen around him, to the point that were his next album to be him sitting humming a tuneless tune all through it, these fans would declare it the greatest pop record ever recorded. Don’t think I’ll ever understand his appeal.

    So, now that I’ve listened to and read about him, is he still on my Hate List?
    Does the pope shit in the woods?

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    Come away, human child to the waters and the wild
    With a faery hand in hand.
    For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand. - WB Yeats "The Stolen Child"

    I drink to forget, but I never forget to drink.

    "If the real Jesus Christ were to stand up today
    He'd be gunned down cold by the CIA" - The The, "Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)" - Mind Bomb, 1989


    The most destructive force on the planet is not nukes or global warming...it is the human ego. - Ralph Rotten

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