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- 2Salt Water03:59
- 3Eyes Closed03:14
- 4Life Goes On03:30
- 6End Of Youth03:51
- 13No Strings02:54
- 14The Hills of Aberfeldy03:15
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- (Subtract) is an album that revisits Ed Sheeran’s singer/songwriter roots, and one that was written against a backdrop of personal grief and hope. It presents one of the biggest stars on the planet at his most vulnerable and honest.
- (Subtract) is the result of Ed Sheeran pushing the boundaries of his songcraft as he delivers the most profound songwriting of his career. Teaming up with Aaron Dessner (The National) on writing and production after the pair joined forces following an introduction from mutual friend Taylor Swift, Ed and Aaron began crafting the album in February last year. Writing over 30 songs during their month-long studio stint, the album’s fourteen tracks are seamlessly tied together by exquisite production from paired back, folk-leaning textures to bolder, full-band/orchestral arrangements.
In Ed’s own words: “I had been working on Subtract for a decade, trying to sculpt the perfect acoustic album, writing and recording hundreds of songs with a clear vision of what I thought it should be. Then at the start of 2022, a series of events changed my life, my mental health, and ultimately the way I viewed music and art. Writing songs is my therapy. It helps me make sense of my feelings. I wrote without thought of what the songs would be, I just wrote whatever tumbled out. And in just over a week, I replaced a decade’s worth of work with my deepest darkest thoughts. Within the space of a month, my pregnant wife got told she had a tumour, with no route to treatment until after the birth. My best friend Jamal, a brother to me, died suddenly and I found myself standing in court defending my integrity and career as a songwriter. I was spiraling through fear, depression and anxiety. I felt like I was drowning, head below the surface, looking up but not being able to break through for air. As an artist I didn’t feel like I could credibly put a body of work into the world that didn’t accurately represent where I am and how I need to express myself at this point in my life. This album is purely that. It’s opening the trapdoor into my soul. For the first time I’m not trying to craft an album people will like, I’m merely putting something out that’s honest and true to where I am in my adult life. This is last February’s diary entry and my way of making sense of it. This is Subtract.” Since he first learned to play Eric Clapton's "Layla" on guitar at the age of 12, Sheeran’s love of the singer/songwriter began. Growing up with the likes of Damian Rice, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan playing on repeat in his parents’ house – artists that his dad introduced him to – (Subtract) was always on Ed’s horizon. Yet as the songs and writing process took on a whole new meaning and direction after a series of hard-hitting events impacted Ed’s world in 2022, one thing that remained untouched was his strong desire to make a record anchored in his love of singer/songwriter compositions. And now, as he releases his most soul-baring work to date, the album serves as a timely reminder for why Sheeran remains one of the most gifted lyricists of his generation; an artist who breaks down his own experiences for fans to seek comfort and belonging.
- (Subtract) is the last in the global superstar’s decade-spanning mathematical album era.
released his critically acclaimed and hugely successful debut ‘+' in 2011; an album that was certified 6 times platinum in the UK alone and has achieved worldwide sales of over 4 million copies to date. It also saw Ed as the recipient of various awards for the record, including 2 Brit Awards, an Ivor Novello and multiple Grammy nominations. The success of ‘+’ took Ed from the Barfly in London to 3 sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, performing over 400 sold out shows worldwide.
In 2014 Ed Sheeran released his second album ‘x’ that has since gone on to sell over 7 million copies worldwide and includes hit singles ‘Sing’, ‘Don’t’, 'Thinking Out Loud’ and ‘Bloodstream’ winning Ed a further 2 Brit Awards. Ed's ‘x’ World Tour continues throughout 2015 including 3 sold out nights at Wembley Stadium, a performance at the Gillete Stadium in the USA and closes the year with multiple stadium shows in Australia and New Zealand.
This album contains no booklet.