It's not always easy to follow up an album with such HUGE success as Ed's "X" was. So I must say I was pleasantly surprised to receive and listen to my copy of "Divide" and realize just how strong of an album it is. In my opinion I believe it is his best album yet - and that's saying A LOT! The one thing I love about Divide is Ed manages to provide EVERY type of music he makes into his albums - be it pop, rap, up-tempo, very slow ballad, Irish folk, etc. His "sound" is so many different sounds.
Eraser and Shape of you everyone has already heard by now I'm sure. But there are so many other great gems you will have the pleasure of experiencing....one of my favorites is Dive, a slower melodic song with a great guitar rhythm and strong vocals. But maybe I'm just a sucker for heart tugging songs, because Supermarket Flowers, a song about his Mum(grandmother) will possibly bring tears to your eyes. It is a great example of an album with a lot of maturity and continues Ed's willingness to open his heart and soul to his fans.
But don't fear, there are plenty upbeat and humorous additions including some Irish influenced tunes like Nancy Mulligan and Galway girl (starts Irish, flows to rap, back to Irish , etc - like only Ed could do).
If you like Ed you will love this album. Period.