Release date
12 Sep 2011
Running length
16 tracks
Running time
63:13

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The A Team 4:20 448,260
2 Drunk 3:19 230,076
3 U.N.I. 3:19 159,845
4 Grade 8 2:44 150,458
5 Wake Me Up 3:48 152,563
6 Small Bump 4:18 199,687
7 This 3:17 131,509
8 The City 4:56 127,952
9 Lego House 3:02 276,183
10 You Need Me, I Don’t Need You 4:01 168
11 Kiss Me 4:40 185,748
12 Give Me Love / The Parting Glass 8:46 1,191
13 Autumn Leaves 3:37 37,706
14 Little Bird 3:46 45,011
15 Gold Rush 1:29 28,107
16 Sunburn 3:51 33,999

About this album

British tunesmith Ed Sheeran finally drops his debut album, + (pronounced “plus”). He jumps right into his lead single, “The A Team”, a catchy and melancholy narrative about a junkie prostitute on downward spiral. Sheeran soulfully coos her sad story over minimal piano parts, ambient electric six-string effects, and muted acoustic guitar rhythms. He cleverly imports hip-hop beats and handclaps into the following “Drunk” before balancing smoothly sung verses with choruses rapidly phrased to match the rhythm track. In “Make Me Up,” his lyrics take on rhetorically conversational approach, earning the adoration of his muse with pop culture references and witty confessionals; it’s sung like a handwritten letter signed and sealed over piano notes. There’s live beatbox accompaniment in the pitter-patter backdrop of the harmonious “Small Bump” and the Justin Timberlake-inspired “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” (wich boasts more a cappella rhythm a Bobby McFerrin album).

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