Ed Sheeran: +

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I’m usually not the type of person that finds my own music. When I was younger I listened to what I heard on the radio. As I grew older, I listened to what was recommended, picking and choosing to stick with the music I liked best. I am also very tough when it comes to music. In fact, I often categorize myself as a music snob. Just ask my friends, because, while I do have a tendency to listen to a little bit of every music genre, there are a few bands/singers/rappers I’ve heard once and refused to listen to ever again. But that is not always the case because, more often than not, I find something to like about the music I’m introduced to. Which is where Ed Sheeran comes in.

Two of my friends really like Ed Sheeran’s music and, feeling that I would also enjoy his music, have shared several of his songs with me. And they were right. I did enjoy it. They ended up inviting me to his concert in Philly coming up and since I do like his music I figured why not? So, not wanting to look like a total poser, I borrowed his album “+” to listen to in the upcoming days to the concert. With one listen I must admit that the British boy has talent. Since I haven’t had the chance to listen to it a lot yet, I will list my top three songs so far.

The first song I heard of his, “Lego House” still remains my favorite song on the album (and not just because Rupert Grint was in the music video for it). However, “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” comes in at a very close second because of its creative lyrics. I also thought the chorus for “U.N.I.” was clever, but that song hasn’t made it into my top 3 favorite, yet. The last in the top three has been won by “Small Bump” because of the subject matter and the way that Ed Sheeran ends it out with the surprise, heart breaking ending.

If anyone asked, I would not be ashamed to admit that I listen to Ed Sheeran’s music. It will take me a few more listens to fully appreciate his talent, which is why Ed Sheeran’s “+” will remain on my Zune for those days when I just need some British boy tunes in my life.

Grade: A

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