12 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

ritish pop wasn’t short of acoustic troubadours upon Ed Sheeran's emergence. Two things immediately elevate him above the pack on this debut though. First, there’s the heart-tugging gorgeousness of straightforward ballads “Kiss Me” and “Lego House”. Secondly, he also rewires folk-pop with hip-hop, delivering infectious rhythms and convincing lyrical flows on “The City” and “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You”, a punchy middle finger to music industry skeptics who once doubted his immense talent.

EDITORS’ NOTES

ritish pop wasn’t short of acoustic troubadours upon Ed Sheeran's emergence. Two things immediately elevate him above the pack on this debut though. First, there’s the heart-tugging gorgeousness of straightforward ballads “Kiss Me” and “Lego House”. Secondly, he also rewires folk-pop with hip-hop, delivering infectious rhythms and convincing lyrical flows on “The City” and “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You”, a punchy middle finger to music industry skeptics who once doubted his immense talent.

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