Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You and Castle On The Hill (Dual Single Review)

Ed Sheeran makes his long awaited return to the music industry, releasing not one but two new songs.


You heard it right folks, Ed Sheeran is back. After previously announcing that he would be taking a break from the limelight in December 2016, using social media to say that he was “buggering off for a bit”, we’ve heard hide nor hair of our favourite red-head ever since. However, it seems to all be for good reason, as he made a sensational return to music this month with a double single release.

The promise of imminent new material has slowly been drip-fed to us – again through social media – in the first instance with Sheeran changing his public display picture to nothing more than a plain blue square, leaving fans asking ‘but what does it mean?.’ Since then, Sheeran has dropped a host of teasers online, the first of which being on New Year’s Day; a short video of him waving to the camera and holding up a sign saying ‘new music coming Friday!!.’ Following that, Sheeran has unveiled a series of promotional video clips and images in the week leading up to the release.

Taken from his upcoming studio album ‘÷’ – carrying on the numerical theme of his previous full-lengths – Sheeran surprised everyone with the double release including tracks, ‘Shape Of You’ and ‘Castle On The Hill’. It’s fair to say that while the two are very different, both undoubtedly share that distinctive je ne sais quoi that belongs only to Ed Sheeran.

‘Shape Of You’ is an upbeat track with a breezy, Jamaican, dance-hall vibe. It’s sexy, with lyrics like ‘Boy, let’s not talk too much, grab on my waist and put that body on me, and an overall sound that you can really groove to. The harmonies throughout the chorus show Sheeran’s range beautifully, while also adding texture. This definitely wouldn’t be out of place blaring full-blast in a club – despite the song’s opening line.

In contrast, ‘Castle On The Hill’ has more of a straight-up rock feel. Opening with an electric guitar riff, the song is a nostalgic account of childhood, innocence and fond memories. This is demonstrated through, both the romantic feel of the lyrics (I know I’ve grown, but I can’t wait to go home/ I’m on my way, driving at 90 down these country lanes) and the ebb and flow of the instrumental. The swelling, epic-sounding chorus was made to fill every corner of an arena and also has major inspirational vibes. It’s testament to the fact that no matter who you are, what your job is, or how old you get, there really is no place like home.

Personally, I love both of these songs. I can’t stop listening to either of them and my favourite is constantly changing; I don’t think it’s actually possible to pick one. I for one, am glad Ed Sheeran is finally out of musical hibernation – please don’t leave us for so long next time.


What do you think of the new tracks ‘Shape Of You’ and ‘Castle On The Hill’? Do you have a favourite? Feel free to let me know in a comment :).



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