Single Review: Don’t // Ed Sheeran

As someone who wasn’t really a fan of Sheeran’s debut +, which seemed a rather conceited record above anything else, I was somewhat apprehensive but also hopeful of a considerable change with his follow-up. After a shaky start with ‘One’, Ed then went on to earn his first UK number one with ‘Sing’, going some way to quelling the doubt in my mind. Now the question is: did third single “Don’t’ finish the job?

Well let me put it this way: take a simple, catchy beat; add a bit of off-tempo piano then bring in the classic Sheeran combo of the stripped-back acoustic and emotion-filled vocals. There you have what I consider to be Ed most finely crafted song to date. As for the lyrics – have you ever listened to one of his articulate tales told along to a choppy, impeccably rhymed melody and not found yourself visualising it from the teller’s point of view? No? Then ‘Don’t’ is no exception. While giving us a glimpse into his life on tour with this story of corrupt infatuation – rumoured to be based on a romantic escapade turned sour involving Ellie Goulding – many of us will have experienced similar situations, only in a blander and less esoteric manner.

So what answer does all this culminate to for the aforementioned question posed to myself? Yes. It certainly did.

Words by Alex G

About Beth Kirkbride (73 Articles)
Introvert with a particular affinity for live music, eyeliner, Moleskine notebooks, caffeine and writing. Has tendency to force everyone I’ve ever met to take the Myers-Briggs test. Skills include the ability to trip over thin air, recite the first page of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as well as type 93 words per minute. Yet still unlikely to text you back, despite being constantly attached to phone. Sorry about that.

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