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Released: 6th January 2017.

Ed Sheeran - Shape of YouReleased as one-half of the pair of lead singles to precede his third studio album, "Shape of You" sees Ed Sheeran move to funkier, sexier territory than we've seen the "Thinking Out Loud" crooner occupy. The dance drop is subtler than many we've heard in the past, but is still insanely magnetic in its pull to break out an embarrassing dance move or two. The song's trop-pop flavoured melody, flirtatious lyrics, and solid replay value saw it race to the top of the US and UK charts, and everything looks set for this to be the first major global smash of 2017.

* * * * * (JSparksFan)

English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has released “Shape of You“ in early January 2017 for his upcoming third studio album. Lasting for about four minutes, it was written and produced by the singer himself, Steve Mac, and Johnny McDaid.

“Shape of You” reminds us of Sia’s legendary “Cheap Thrills” (2016), using the same dancehall-influenced percussion beat throughout. Both songs were originally written for Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, but her label’s rejection led to two international hits. “Shape of You” has an acoustic and stripped-down vibe reminiscent of Sheeran’s past material, but may bring you to move your feet while listening to it. The singer’s unique vocal delivery is also in tone with the eerie atmosphere.

The track may not bring anything new to the Ed Sheeran we know, but may open the door for more dance-pop material in the future. As aforementioned, “Shape of You” has some dancehall influences and may bring you to dance while listening to it. Congrats Ed, you’ve just made a brilliant comeback.

* * * * (StanLover)

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