x [Wembley Edition] [Deluxe Edition]

x [Wembley Edition] [Deluxe Edition]

by Ed Sheeran

CD(Special Edition / Bonus DVD)

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It's a little glib to call Ed Sheeran the U.K.'s answer to Jason Mraz, yet there's a grain of truth in that statement. Like Mraz, Sheeran plays around with hip-hop cadences but at his core he's a singer/songwriter, and a sensitive one at that, one who prefers love tunes to songs of protest, something that is quite evident on X, his second collection of original songs. Although he sometimes pours out his heart armed with no more than an acoustic guitar, he's not a troubadour; those hip-hop roots means he'll not only ramble out a rap, but he's also quite comfortable with luxurious, shimmering textures and buoyant melodies. Naturally, these traits surface clearly on "Sing," a collaboration with Pharrell Williams that contains some of the natural ebullience of "Happy," along with the upscale whitebread rap of "The Man," but this good cheer surfaces on songs that are far removed from rhythm. When Sheeran sings slow, he rarely sings sad: he's a hybrid of Chris Martin and David Grey, a boy next door who hasn't lost his shaggy romanticism. His sweetness isn't cloying, not even when the productions are aimed straight down the middle of the road, which they often are on X. His boyishness doesn't give these immaculate confections grit so much as a wet, wide-eyed puppy dog heart. Sheeran is so good at this AAA gloss that whenever the mildly manic rapping surfaces -- which X does about every three songs or so -- it's a bit of sand in the Vaseline, preventing X from operating as smoothly as it'd like. Nevertheless, these gangly excursions in rap are evidence of Sheeran's youth and his generation, something that keeps X from being merely a bit of excellently crafted mature pop and gives it some appealing character. [A Deluxe "Wembley" Edition added a DVD.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2015
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0825646974511
catalogNumber: 553108
Rank: 18929


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ed Sheeran   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Violin,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Peter Gosling   Piano
Andrew Coleman   Guitar
Anne Marie   Background Vocals
Eric Lynn   Keyboards
Adam MacDougall   Keyboards
Jason Lader   Bass,Keyboards
Jeff Bhasker   Piano,Electric Bass,Keyboards
Blake Mills   Guitar,tiple
Foy Vance   Background Vocals
Mark Crown   Trumpet
Chris Dave   Drums
Davide Rossi   Strings
Nigel Collins   Cello
Chris Leonard   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Hand Clapping,Soloist
Johnny McDaid   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Hammond B3
James Newman   Background Vocals
Jake Gosling   Percussion,Piano,Strings,Drums,Horn,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes
Amir Amor   Guitar
Eamon Harkin   Percussion,Vocals
Piers Aggett   Synthesizer,Piano
Kesi Dryden   Bass,Strings
Leon Rolle   Percussion,Keyboards
Tyler Sam Johnson   Electric Guitar
Courtney Cox   Percussion,Vocals
Coco Arquette   Percussion,Vocals
Geoff Leaa   Drums
Raphaella   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rick Rubin   Producer
Mike Spencer   Programming
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Producer
Andrew Coleman   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Gary Lightbody   Composer
Amy Wadge   Composer
Jason Lader   Engineer
Jeff Bhasker   Producer,Additional Production
Foy Vance   Composer
Chris Reynolds   Drum Engineering
Davide Rossi   String Arrangements
Jonny Harris   Composer
Matt de Jong   Layout
Emile Haynie   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Additional Production
Johnny McDaid   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Ben Humphreys   Additional Production
Rudimental   Producer
James Newman   Composer
Jake Gosling   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Wez Clarke   Programming
Amir Amor   Composer,drum programming
Sean Oakley   Engineer
Ed Sheeran   Composer,Producer
Phillip Butah   Illustrations
Piers Aggett   Composer
Kesi Dryden   Composer
Leon Rolle   Composer
Tyler Sam Johnson   Engineer,drum programming
Geoff Swan   Engineer
William Hicks   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Editing

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