I’ll be honest, I don’t get the hype. Ed Sheeran ‘dropped’ two songs in January ‘Castle on the Hill’ and ‘Shape of You’, which sounds like a Calvin Harris cast-off. Since then it seems everyone has been playing them on repeat and filling my Facebook feed with chat about about them. I can’t be doing with it.
He has SIXTEEN songs in the top 20 of the charts, which more than anything speaks volumes about the state of current pop music. If the music of a ginger guy with an acoustic guitar and questionable lyrics – “I was younger then”, well obviously Ed, I was younger 5 minutes ago, what of it? – is that popular, then call me ignorant, but I don’t get it.
I heard ‘Castle on the Hill’ in Venue the other week, and if that wasn’t bad enough, the amount of people singing along made the whole thing even worse. Speaking of that song, this video tells you all you need to know. And David Brent’s ‘Freelove Freeway’ is the better song. Ed is the kind of guy I can imagine bringing out his guitar in a Brent-like moment.
Another of his new songs, ‘Galway Girl’, came on the radio the other day. I was willing to like it, open mind and all that. But what I heard was a song that resembled a second rate parody of ‘C’est La Vie’ by B*Witched, only worse.
And don’t get me started on his attempts to rap, I cringe whenever I hear it. Not only in ‘Galway Girl’, but also in ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’, which is second only to ‘Rude’ by Magic! as my least favourite pop song of the decade.
Like Ed Sheeran if you want, I’m not judging, I promise. I’m also aware of quite how grumpy this article makes me sound, but sometimes you just miss the boat on something. I’m willing to like Ed Sheeran, but his sheer popularity has me properly baffled, dumbstruck even. Sixteen songs in the top 20? I can’t get over that.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Ed is a nice guy, and I’d happily go for a pint with him. As long as he doesn’t bring his guitar. I’d bring some earplugs just in case.