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Thursday, 6 October 2011

REVIEW: Ed Sheran - +

Album Name: +
Artist: Ed Sheeran
Record Label: Atlantic
Release Date: 12th Spet 2011

Track List:
1. The A Team
2. Drunk
3. U.N.I
4. Grade 8
5. Wake Me Up
6. Small Bump*
7. This
8. The City
9. Lego House
10. You Need Me, I Don't Need You
11. Kiss Me 
12. Give Me Love

You've heard The A Team like a thousand times on every chart show, from every fan girl and boy (but from my experience it's mostly boys who would probably turn gay for ginger Ed.) and now the album's out. So, you have two choices by the CD and support the sofa living singer or rip it off the net for free and keep him on the sofa. I chose the first option, not because of the sofa mind you but more because CD quality is always better then rip especially if you want to review an album.
 So, I've never been on the Ed Sheeran band wagon like a few of my mates were but I thought it would be a nice investment to get plus to chill in my room to. It's all pretty much acoustic songs so it's that kind of chill out and do some homework CD. In fact I'm going to put it on right now. So, let's actually get to talking about the album not from a fangirl/boys point of view but from a point of view less skewed. For a debut album + is something I personally would be very proud of; Ed Sheeran's ability is clearly on display in this CD and it is a testament to independent singer/ song writers everywhere. Ed here proves that his quality lyric writing is one of the key things in his music and he flaunts this talent quite frequently with similes and metaphors galore. An example of this would be in Track 10 You need me, I don't need you when he mentions how people rate him as an artist like when they say he's 'up and coming' and he subverts this in the lyric 'they say I'm up and coming/ like I'm fucking in an elevator'. As a creative writing student I do really admire Ed's use of rhythm and his word play. Technically it's absolutely flawless and clever beyond belief. I'd challenge anyone to write songs half as good as Ed does structure wise. 
 Moreover, I'd challenge them to hit the heartstrings as much as Ed does especially in my favourite song of the album Track 6 Small Bump. Whether autobiographical or not Ed Sheeran's songs have such deep rooted meanings that it is hard not love most of them. Small Bump still makes me cry a little bit everytime I hear it because the song matter is rather tragic. These emotional song lyrics are again something that I deeply admire Ed for. His song writing and tracks are superb and as said before I challenge anyone to make a song like Ed's.


Although I'm not a major Ed Sheeran fan I do respect Ed very much. His hard work and dedication are very admirable qualities that a musician and writer must have in order to do what they love and this album is a testament to Ed making it past all the trials he's faced from living on a couch to doing over 1000 shows. What he does is brilliant and this album is brilliant and he deserves what he has; the fans, the shows, the press even the really annoying bum boys. So, I can't wait to hear more of Ed's stuff in the future and wish him all the best because this album is cracking and I'd recommend it to anyone.

* = My personal favorite Track

Prose: Creative Writing Exercise - Dialogue

Author's Notes: So, in today's lecture we were talking about Characters and Dialogue and we had two tasks. First we created characters and then in pairs we were told to make our two characters engage in a dialogue; I was partnered with my friend Liam and his Journalist character, Alistair Foil, actually seemed to fit well with my undertaker Tobias Black. So we got this dialogue going and I actually quite liked it and said I'd finish it. I thought it'd be nice for it to go on here as like, yeah, I haven't really been doing much. Anyhoo, here goes the new remastered, polished version.

 The death of governor Quentin Beckett was a huge surprise to many, such a large local character was going to leave a huge hole in the community. It was truly a sad event and now Alistair Foil, journalist, was determined to be the man with the scoop. This was a huge story and he knew he could not mess up. In front of him sat the undertaker Tobias Black, owner of his family business Black & Sons. The two had not been together long at all. So wasting no time, Alistair took up his pen and began the interview: "What details can you give me on the funeral arrangements Mr. Black?"
"That's for the family to decide Mr. Foil, not undertakers."
Tobias' bluntness took Alistair by surprise. "I'm detecting there's something you don't want to tell me Mr.Black."
The undertaker sat up, putting his hands together in an odd triangular shape and replied with pursed lips. "Have you ever lost anyone Mr Foil?"
"I'm sorry?"
"Simple question."
"Well, yes."
"A parent?"
"Yes Mr. Black." said Alistair curtly "Why am I telling you this exactly?" The situation had become uncomfortable for Alistair, now that the interviewer had for some reason become the interviewee.
"Just interest Mr. Foil."
"Ok Mr. Black, so-"
"I lost my Dad too."
"I'm sorry to hear that but-"
"But what Mr. Foil?"
"That's not the point."
"Humour me."
"Fine." Alistair agreed begrudgingly.
"When I lost my Father I wanted to be alone. To have space, time."
"Yes, Mr. Black can we hurry this up?"
"A second Mr. Foil, my point will become clear."
"A second you have Mr. Black." spat Alistair growing more uncomfortable.
"Then a second I'll take, Mr. Foil, with all due respect I expect you like me to have wished for space yourself when your Father died. Take that as thou wilt but bearing in mind Governor Quentin was more then a politician but also a Father and a Husband and a Friend. Do you really think what you're doing is really appropriate? Would you have wished for someone to pry into your Father's funeral?"
 In that moment Tobias had completely disarmed Alistair, he had in all honesty no idea what to say. He looked at his pen and paper and then at the undertaker opposite him whom although young in years had been the victim to premature graying in his hair. Alistair began to think that maybe the graying of Tobias' hair was not to spite him but to reflect the uncanny amount of wisdom the young man had. Alistair sat in awe and was surprised as he replied to the question asked of him. "No, no I would not appreciate it at all."