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Global superstar Ed Sheeran announces his album “-” (pronounced subtract), marking the end of his decade-spanning mathematical album series. Returning to his singer/songwriter roots, this album delves into vulnerability, personal grief, and hope. It showcases Ed at his most honest and open, creating a deeply moving and introspective body of work.
Ed has described the album as a therapeutic process, helping him make sense of his feelings during a tumultuous period in his life. Written during times of personal loss, health struggles, and professional challenges, “subtract” reveals the raw emotions of an artist who has experienced significant trials and tribulations. In his own words, Ed says, “This album is purely that. It's opening the trapdoor into my soul.”
Teaming up with Aaron Dessner (The National) on writing and production, Ed and Aaron crafted the album with a clear vision of creating a work anchored in Ed's love for singer/songwriter compositions. Together, they wrote over 30 songs during their month-long studio stint, with the album's fourteen tracks seamlessly tied together by exquisite production – ranging from pared-back, folk-leaning textures to bolder, full-band/orchestral arrangements.
“-” serves as a timely reminder of 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. The result is a deeply personal album that pushes the boundaries of Ed's songcraft and delivers the most profound writing of his career.
From his 2011 debut album “+” to this latest release, Ed Sheeran has consistently demonstrated his ability to captivate audiences and create unforgettable music. As he concludes his mathematical album series with “-“, fans can look forward to experiencing the raw honesty and powerful emotions that have come to define his most soul-baring work to date.
2 Salt Water
3 Eyes Closed
4 Life Goes On
6 End Of Youth
6 No Strings
7 The Hills of Aberfeldy