Editors' Notes After the phenomenal success of his full-length debut, +, Ed Sheeran returns with his cleverly titled follow-up, x (pronounced “multiply”)—a dazzling display of incandescent, often hip-hop-indebted folk-pop. Written while reflecting on the many life changes that came with his staggering ascent, the English singer/songwriter recorded it with legendary producer Rick Rubin. “The Man” is a heart-searing rap confessional, while “Photograph” is a honeyed, wonderfully arranged highlight whose windswept melody is delivered with Sheeran’s weightless, trademark falsetto. Elsewhere, his voice lends power to the acoustic charge of “I’m a Mess” and soul to the electric sway of “Thinking Out Loud.”

SONG
One
1
4:12
 
I'm a Mess
2
4:04
 
Sing
3
3:55
 
Don't
4
3:39
 
Nina
5
3:45
 
Photograph
6
4:18
 
Bloodstream
7
5:00
 
Tenerife Sea
8
4:01
 
Runaway
9
3:25
 
The Man
10
4:10
 
Thinking Out Loud
11
4:41
 
Afire Love
12
5:14
 
Take It Back
13
3:28
 
Shirtsleeves
14
3:10
 
Even My Dad Does Sometimes
15
3:48