Hold on to your hats, folks, because Ed Sheeran is back with a new single, “Eyes Closed”! He’s teamed up with Aaron Dessner from The National, who worked on Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” and “Evermore”, but don’t expect any radical reinventions here. The chorus is still as catchy as ever, and you’ll find yourself singing along in no time.
Despite the fact that he’s been around for over a decade and has had more chart-topping hits than we can count, Ed Sheeran is still making headlines. One tabloid newspaper even chose to focus on the fact that he’s given up drugs, rather than the fact that he’s dropping a new tune. Talk about priorities, am I right?
But let’s get to the music. “Eyes Closed” is a little more stripped-back than some of Ed’s previous work, with some atmospheric ambient noises in the background. The lyrics are also more personal, inspired by the death of his friend Jamal Edwards. But don’t worry, Ed’s signature sound is still there, with percussive guitar playing and a chorus that’s just as radio-friendly as anything he’s ever released.
Some people might say that Ed’s sound is getting old and tired, but we’re not convinced. After all, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? And with millions of fans around the world, it’s safe to say that Ed has a formula for success that works.
So go ahead, give “Eyes Closed” a listen and see if it gets under your skin. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that Ed Sheeran knows how to write a hit.