Different Tune to Hum

Ed Sheeran’s New Single Strays from Acoustic Style

Priscilla Ng

Staff Writer

Ed Sheeran released his newest single, “Sing”, on iTunes and his official Youtube account on April 7, 2014.

“Sing” is the first officially released single off his album x (read as “Multiply”) that is planned to be released later this year on June 23, 2014.

“I haven’t heard any new music from Ed Sheeran in a while,” senior Sanjana Naik said. “So it was a surprise to have him release something this past week.”

Ed Sheeran has been performing with Taylor Swift on her international Red tour since March 13, 2013.

Caption: Ed Sheeran released the tracklist for the album x on his Facebook account on April 9, 2014. All the songs will be new, with the exceptions of “Sing” and “Tenerife”, which he has performed live, but has not officially released. “After hearing ‘Sing’, I look forward to the rest of his album, although I hope it’s more like his old acoustic stuff,” Yen said. PC: Priscilla Ng
Caption: Ed Sheeran released the tracklist for the album x on his Facebook account on April 9, 2014. All the songs will be new, with the exceptions of “Sing” and “Tenerife”, which he has performed live, but has not officially released. “After hearing ‘Sing’, I look forward to the rest of his album, although I hope it’s more like his old acoustic stuff,” Yen said. PC: Priscilla Ng

“When I first heard this song, I thought the melody was much more contemporary compared to those of previous songs and albums,” senior Lena Yen said. “It seems more like a pop-oriented song, rather than the alternative feel his songs from + (Sheeran’s 2011 album).”

Other students agree, stating that this new single seems to be a shift from Sheeran’s typical musical style.

“I think that since Pharrell Williams helped to produce this song, it gives it a more mainstream feel,” Naik said. “It’s really catchy and is a fun-sounding song, but it’s not at all like what I usually think of when I think of Ed Sheeran.”

Even though fans have come to expect acoustic, stripped down songs from Sheeran, they still enjoyed “Sing”.

“The falsetto sections of the song are very catchy,” Yen said. “Also, the Sheeran and Williams’ harmonizing in the chorus are really well done.”

With generally positive responses to the single, students look forward to hearing the rest of the album.

“Overall, I like that this song is still similar enough to his other singles,” Naik said. “But I like that is has a kind of twist, with the funky beat that still leaves your head-bobbing.”

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