By Mary Ann Bardinas
Despite getting re-scheduled due to the unforeseen accident Ed Sheeran encountered last year, the excitement of the Filipino Sheerios just got more intensified for they’re about to jam with him in the upcoming Manila leg of his Divide Tour, happening on April 8 at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.
Ever since his latest studio album ÷ (Divide) was released in January 2017, a few of his songs immediately soared to the top of the charts and have been all-time favorites, such as “Shape of You”, “Dive”, “Perfect”, “Castle On the Hill”, and “Happier”.
Although we’re so fond of their catchy tunes and heart-piercing lyrics, let’s move a bit over them and try lending our ears to the rest of his completely diverse work. For sure, the English singer will include these in his setlist.
Although this song is filled with snide remarks about his former love’s new flame, some people perceive it as a diss track against people who are full of themselves and are vain. In an interview, he clarified that it points to no specific person and dubbed it as a “f***boy anthem”.
“Hearts Don’t Break Around Here”
Aside from the most-liked “Perfect” and “How Would You Feel (Paean)”, this is one of the poignant lovesongs penned by the 27-year-old hitmaker. Here, he describes how much he feels about the special lady in his life and everytime they’re together.
“What Do I Know?”
Ed was able to belch out the thoughts and opinions that’s been running in his mind regarding the stuff that happens around us and the lessons he learned from life and his dad. He emphasized the idea of how love can change the world in a moment by spreading it alongside understanding and positivity.
The concert-goers will surely find themselves dancing to this upbeat song injected with Spanish flavor. Besides its tempo which is common in Spanish music, the singer-songwriter also showed off his flair in speaking the language.
"Bibia Be Ye Ye"
By just listening to this and watching its music video, it’s apparent that Ed indeed had a great hiatus. During his one year break, he stayed in different countries, including Ghana where the breathtaking MV was shot and a few lines of the song were written in one of the countries native dialects. Just in case you don’t understand what the title means, it’s “everything will be alright.”
Tagged as the male counterpart of his real-life bestfriend Taylor Swift, the Grammy Award-winning singer is also known for composing songs that talks about his romantic experiences. However, this cheery lovesong is different for he vividly narrates the lovestory of his beloved grannies William and Nancy.
This may be underappreciated, but this last track of the album could be the most striking and relatable of all. It imposes the significant message of self-care to those who have offered much of themselves to others and felt only being used by the people around them for their selfish benefit.
Ed started off Divide by imparting everything he had to endure and had realized in pursuit of achieving his wildest dream of becoming a great performer through this hit. Because of his inspiring story, he advised the next generation that “the world may be filled with hate, but keep erasing it, somehow”.
Aside from the abovementioned, “Galway Girl” and “Supermarket Flowers” also came from his current record.
Divide Manila Tour is made possible by AEG Presents and Ovation Productions.