Single Review: Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill / Shape Of You


Ed Sheeran surprises fans with release of two singles
For fans of Ed Sheeran 2017 is off to a very good start. On New Years Day Britain’s most popular singer-songwriter announced his comeback and today he releases not one, but two brand new singles! He told his fans on social media he decided to drop two tracks as he ‘had been away for a bit’. I’m sure all is forgiven now with the release of ‘Castle on the Hill’ and ‘Shape Of You’. The great thing about this double A side is that both songs show a whole different side to his art, a perfect way to get everybody excited for his upcoming third album ÷.

It has been almost three years since the release of Sheeran’s second record, delivering us hits like ‘Sing’ and ‘Thinking Out Loud’. The singer-songwriter looks back on his youth and his hometown on the endearing guitar driven singer-songwriter pop track ‘Caste On The Hill’. The chorus is big and tailor made for radio and that little folky twist fits Sheeran’s vocals perfectly. Oh, and the way he pronounces ‘Castle’ is to die for!

‘Shape Of You’ however is sonically more similar to his tracks like ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ and ‘Sing’, driven by a subtle beat and with a more electronic overall production. In terms of rhythm it is quite similar to Sia’s worldwide hit ‘Cheap Thrills’ and just as insanely catchy I’d say. The track which could be seen as an ode to a lady’s body, has some unconventional lyrics about dining at an ‘all you can eat’ restaurant. Useful information for everyone who wants to ask Ed out on a date! No doubt Ed Sheeran will make quite the impact on radio and the charts with this smart double release!

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