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album review: No 6 by Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran review

After two years, I’ve been waiting for Ed Sheeran to release a new album and he’s finally delivered! No. 6 Collaborations Project is Ed Sheeran’s latest album and it’s amazing. It features a total of fifteen songs all with (you guessed it) collaborations. Now when I got ahold of the tracklist I was pleasantly surprised at some of the features on here. There was a few I was particularly excited about such as the Khalid collab. I’ve fallen in love with doing these album reviews so here’s my review of Ed Sheeran’s new album.

Beautiful People ft Khalid

Now, if you’ve been on my blog before then you know that I absolutely l i v e for Khalid. Everything he releases, I love. So when I saw that Khalid and Ed had collaborated for this album I was even more excited. Their voices mesh together so well in this song.

South of the Border ft Camila Cabello & Cardi B

I love the whole summer vibe of this song. Camila vocals are so freaking on-point and when she speaks Spanish she sounds so sensual. For me, the song would have been beautiful enough without Cardi B. She kinda ruined the vibe for me but that’s just my opinion. It’s 100% got that summer vibe to it though and it embodies what ‘summer’ is in a song.

Cross Me ft Chance the Rapper & PnB Rock

At first, I wasn’t too sure about this but now I love it. I adore Chance the Rapper so it was bound to grow on me. The mix of the vocals on the track is so unique yet so balanced. No favouritism but Chance killed it. I love that Ed is exploring different vibes and experimenting with different artists. The crossovers in genres are something beautiful.

Take Me Back to London ft Stormzy

Only recently did I learn that Ed Sheeran and Stormzy are pretty good friends so I was excited for their collab because the friendly chemistry is already there. Let me tell you, they did not disappoint. I couldn’t help but bob along when this played because it’s just infectious. Hearing Ed rap again takes me back to listening to You Need Me, I Don’t Need You when I was in like year eight, so the nostalgia is real.

Best Part of Me ft Yebba

When I first heard this song, I instantly got goosebumps. It’s such a simple but beautiful song. It sounds so much like Ed Sheeran did when his career just began. It was actually really nostalgic to listen to. Yebba’s voice is absolutely freaking beautiful. Yebba and Ed’s voices mesh so well together. This has been put on my list of potential first songs, that’s how much I love it.

I Don’t Care ft Justin Bieber

This was the first single from the album to be released and I honestly don’t think Ed could’ve picked a better song to start. It’s got such a catchy beat. The beat is definitely a grower, if you don’t like it, to begin with, give it a week or so and you’ll be obsessed. It’s one of the songs where you just sit there and sway to the song without even knowing.

Antisocial ft Travis Scott

From the start this was a b o p. Ed Sheeran did not come to play with this. You’d never expect a collab from Travis Scott and Ed Sheeran so it’s nice to hear things that aren’t really predictable. The tempo of this song is so upbeat and it just creates a mood. This would be a perfect song for the gym to get you hyped up before busting a sweat on the treadmill.

Remember the Name ft Eminem & 50 Cent

Ed and Eminem’s first collab with River is still one of my favourite pieces of music to date. You don’t expect it to work but it does. Again, Ed rapping takes me back to being in school listening to him. Eminem kills it as usual. Fun fact about me is that Eminem is one of my favourite artists of all time. I love that this song is basically all the artists hyping themselves up and talking about their success, they are all legendary in their own respect so this is nice to see.

Feels ft Young Thug & JHUS

Even though I’ve never really listened to Young Thug or JHUS properly before I liked this. Young Thugs vocals kinda remind me of Lil Jon for some reason and I’m not mad at it. It’s nice to see an English rapper and an American rapper on one track because that’s pretty rare. The fact that the song is kinda slow and gentle considering there are two rappers on it and that’s a contrast I enjoyed with this.

Put It All On Me ft Ella Mai

I can’t say I was a huge fan of this song. It’s not really something I can explain but it’s just not something that I would listen to of my own choice. While Ella Mai’s voice with Ed’s is really nice to listen to, it’s just not my vibe.

Nothing On You ft Paulo Londra & DAVE

This song definitely gets the award for the biggest grower on the album. Upon first listening to this I wasn’t too sure but I kinda like the vibe of the song. DAVE’s been on my radar ever since inviting that Alex lad up on stage with him at Glastonbury so I enjoyed hearing him on the album. Again, considering it’s got two rappers on it, it still has quite a slow beat and I’m feeling it. Usually, I’m a fan of faster songs featuring rappers but it’s nice to see the versatility of their flows.

I Don’t Want Your Money ft H.E.R.

I’m pretty sure H.E.R. has appeared on my monthly playlists before but she’s been huuuge on my list of newer artists this year. The beat behind this is such an infectious kinda sound, you really can’t help but to want to bop along to it. The whole song gives me a little bit of a noughties R&B vibe which I live for. Vocal wise, they both kill it. H.E.R.’s runs towards the end of the song are absolutely angelic.

1000 Nights ft Meek Mill & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

American rap is one of my favourite genres so I was hoping that a track with these two wouldn’t disappoint and boy, did it deliver. I love that Ed can pull off singing some verses and then chucking in a rap here and there. It’s usually cringy when singers go to rapping and vice versa but Ed Sheeran is surprisingly able to do it well. For the 1000th time within this blog post, I’m gonna say I love the vibe of this song.

Way to Break My Heart ft Skrillex

Hold on a second, Skrillex is such a throwback. I remember listening to Bangarang in year eight. When I first saw Skrillex’s name on a feature then I thought it was going to be a heavy dubstep song but it’s so much softer than anticipated which lowkey disappointed me. I wanted to be blown away by the bass drops and I just…wasn’t. As much as I wanted that bassy goodness from this song, I love that Skrillex is showing that he can adapt to making different kinds of beats.

Blow ft Bruno Mars & Chris Stapleton

Okay, I’ll admit that at first I wasn’t very keen on this song. I can’t explain why but it just wasn’t my thing but after a few listens it started to grow on me. Ed, Chris and Bruno aren’t people who usually do a collaboration but it works??? This album shows that Ed Sheeran has a talent for putting people together that wouldn’t usually make sense collaborating. It’s amazing to see just how versatile these artists on. I love seeing Ed experiment with various genres and artists, it’s incredible.

Overview

Even though there are a few songs that weren’t fully my cuppa tea, I can’t say I hate any of these songs. One of my favourite things about this album is how many different artists from different genres that he got on one album. Additionally, I love that he shows his own versatility from rapping, singing, singing to acoustic beats and singing to more electronic beats. It’s rare to find someone who can sound good in that many different musical settings. Also, it’s amazing that he has collaborations between people who you would never put together. The magic of this album is that it’s Ed showcasing some of not only his own best work but also the amazing work of other artists.

♡ What’s your favourite song from No 6?

“I can’t tell you the key to success but the key to failure is trying to impress everyone” – Ed Sheeran.

Until next time,

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(2) Comments

  1. I’ve yet to sit down and listen to this album properly, but I really need too! I totally agree that some of the collabs are unexpected, but I’m looking forward to hearing them xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    1. Katie Yvonne says:

      It’s such an amazing album! You’ll love it. Thank you for reading lovely x x

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