Ed Sheeran created a gem when he made his first album titled +. This raises expectations for a second album but X (multiply) delivered and then some! Now usually I check out the guitar stuff first but I caught myself simply listening and enjoying the music. For some reason the instinct to check out the picking patterns and chords first didn’t kick in which I think is a very good sign. After all, we’re listening music for the music…
So from a guitarists point of view this is a great album to check out! If you want to play the songs the way Ed plays them then they’re not for a beginner though there are or will be plenty of “easy versions” and tutorials for his music to please those who aren’t up to the challenge just yet.
When it comes to fingerstyle/fingerpicking songs then you should check out songs like: One, Bloodstream, Tenerife Sea, Thinking Out Loud.
For great song that use strumming check out: I’m a mess, Sing, and Photograph.
My Favourite TracksI'm a mess what's there not to like???
Bloodstream Great repetitive guitar riff
Tenerife Sea Beautiful song with nice Ed Sheeran style guitar
Thinking Out Loud Great plucked guitar groove
I See Fire Okay who hasn't seen the Hobbit?!
What I Love
- no Weak tracks on this album!
- Great guitar work for the intermediate player
- Diverse songs
- Great melody lines that grab you by your throat!
Not So Much
- I couldn't really find anything that would be prominent enough to list as a dislike.
Fantastic album for both listening and guitar playing. Personally I LOVE it!!!