Yoshie wrote:Is the album really schmaltzy, though? There are plenty of songs that prevent it from being excessively sentimental: I'm a Mess; Sing; Don't; Nina; Bloodstream; Runaway; The Man; Afire Love (no, I don't consider this as sappy or whatever); Take It Back; I See Fire. That's 7/17 songs that are romantic/centered around love. Most of the albums this year are more 'schmaltzy'; I think people like to call Ed's lyrics overly sentimental based on the songs they've heard the most (The A-Team; Lego House; Thinking Out Loud), or just for the sake of it.
I think a lot of people just mention something without really getting into an album because x is far from being a schmaltzy record.
Some songs seem rather personal: Don't (which does what most popular songs don't do nowadays: tell an actual story), Bloodstream (same as Don't but it's more about his thoughts on a subject; in this case, drugs), Runaway (I believe this song was about him dropping out of school and leaving the comforts of his middle class life to become a musician while having his dad's support, which he has talked about, correct me if I'm wrong though), Afire Love (talking about his grandfather and his death from Alzheimer's). He's very emotional about what he does.
I think what some don't like about him is probably because they've seen so many guys with acoustic guitars and think they're deft (Jason Mraz, John Mayer, who like Ed also plays electric guitar; James Blunt, etc.) but if they really delved into his music, they would realize he was more than that.