If you wanted to know what Ed Sheeran sounded like before his 6x platinum record + or his sold out tour with Taylor Swift, now is your chance.
On Tuesday, May 12th, Sheeran released a series of EPs in a collection called 5. Sheeran previously released all five EPs himself before he was a household name under Atlantic Records. The songs have been unavailable in the U.S. until now. *Sheeran fans rejoice*
Sheeran proves with his latest release his talent for writing beautiful and clever lyrics and strong melodies is nothing new. The variety in his music adds to the story of the lovable, smart redheaded Brit we all want to be serenaded by. The 32-song collection includes songs fans will recognize. “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You”, “The City”, “Sunburn” and “Wake Me Up” are a few songs that make appearances on both 5 and his first studio album.
The collection takes you through the joys and pains of falling in love, breaking up and walking in the streets of London. Sheeran’s words and melodies transports the listener into his world and lets them see the sights, feel the emotions and understand the passion behind his songs.
Sheeran sings, “I’m not looking for some loose change. Just wanna find a true mate, who wants to be my duvet” in Homeless, off the second EP.
He tackles the internal debate anyone who has ever been in love understands all too well, “Do I love you? Do I hate you? I can’t make up my mind.” in “Where We Land” and in ”So” he sings, “I need you, maybe.”
In “Cold Coffee”, a standout in the collection, Sheeran sings your new morning anthem, “Outside, the day is up and calling, but I don’t have to be, so please go back to sleep and stay with me forever.”
While his lyrics and melodies have grown in complexity and layers in his last two studio albums, 5 shows a beautiful simplicity and vulnerability. His verses flow into choruses and vice versa. Specific details and simple rhymes are refreshingly honest and tell an elaborate story of Sheeran’s past. Sheeran is sharing a special gift with his fans by granting them insight on his journey to become the artist they know and love today.
5 is available on iTunes and Spotify. Be sure to catch Ed on tour this summer and check out his adorable, new music video for his song “Photograph”.