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Just how good is Ed Sheeran?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Cool Chemist, Jan 14, 2022.

  1. Cool Chemist

    Cool Chemist Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Bath, England
    Ed Sheeran continues to smash records with chart success after chart success. Sales alone might indicate that he is one of the greatest solo male artists of all time, perhaps exceeding such well known greats as Paul McCartney and Elton John. Perhaps not?
    Personally, his music hasn't connected with me at all. Yet.
    What does the consensus of the Hoffman Forum say?
     
  2. Dandelion1967

    Dandelion1967 My Favourite Parks Are Car Parks

    Not my cup of tea but with just an acoustic guitar, his voice, his songs and a bunch of looper pedals, he commanded the main stage at Glastonbury, and had a vast crowd in the palm of his hand. You can’t do that unless you’re really good.
     
  3. geetar_await

    geetar_await This space for rent.

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    I keep meaning to check out some Ed streams to see what he's about, but don't know when that'll be. I'll report back later.
     
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  4. Penny24

    Penny24 Forum Resident

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    I think he's a good artist but pales besides greats such as Joni Mitchell. :D
     
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  5. Cool Chemist

    Cool Chemist Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Agreed on that. You cannot knock the guy for that aspect. I don't get the attraction but plenty do and are very fanatical about him.
     
  6. bvb1123

    bvb1123 Rock and Roll Martian

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    Cincinnati Ohio
    I try to stay up at least a little on today's music and I often find lots I enjoy. On the other hand there's lots that does nothing for me. Ed Sheeran falls into the latter. He makes gluten free music, perfect for the lactose intolerant.
     
  7. OobuJoobu

    OobuJoobu Forum Resident

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    He seems like a decent guy and a good person but I wouldn't deliberately spend any time with his music
     
  8. Cool Chemist

    Cool Chemist Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I did hear Ed once sing a Beatles track but I thought he 'murdered' it. Perhaps this has created bias.

    Seems like the Hoffman Forum thinks he is mediocre to poor so far in the poll. Not the Best of British then!
     
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  9. noname74

    noname74 Allegedly Canadian

    The world doesn’t care what the Forum thinks of him and nor should it.
     
  10. culabula

    culabula Unread author.

    Location:
    Belfast, Ireland
    I see him on TV and in film and he seems like a really nice, affable, decent, likeable cove. He also has had remarkable achievements such as those mentioned above, in sales, in fans and in captivating crowds, which I note.

    But … I pop into my niece’s and she’s playing one of his LPs and I get Sheeran-rage.
     
  11. dmiller458

    dmiller458 Forum Resident

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    NO, sales alone indicate that he is one of the biggest solo male acts of all time.
     
  12. Jimmy Jam

    Jimmy Jam Forum Resident

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    I think he might be this generations Bowie tbh, early days though
     
  13. WolfSpear

    WolfSpear Music Enthusiast

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    Florida
    I think he is a respectable writer… but I can only handle so much of him in one sitting. I’m burnt out on “Shape Of You” and “Perfect,” but when a song like “The A Team” comes on, I’m reminded of why I originally liked him.
     
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  14. dmiller458

    dmiller458 Forum Resident

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    That's good. We need more humor on this site.
     
  15. Phil Tate

    Phil Tate Miss you Indy x

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    Can't bear him. Once had to sit through a whole album in a restaurant and it was so depressing. Totally and utterly dreary and tedious, nothing interesting or original about it at all. No idea what anyone finds enjoyable about him.
     
  16. Cool Chemist

    Cool Chemist Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Interesting. Perhaps he will come out of the closet as a Canadian with no sense of humour. A cultural chameleon of sorts.
    The possibilities are endless for musical reinvention.
    He could be the new Bowie.
     
  17. Cool Chemist

    Cool Chemist Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    That sounds like a terrible dinner. I'm sorry to hear that.
     
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  18. Merrick

    Merrick The return of the Thin White Duke

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    I can't remember a single melody of his from any of the songs I've heard. It's like the music just disappears as soon as I hear it. I can't consider him the best anything if he has yet to write a melody I can at least remember enough to hum or turn into an ear worm.
     
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  19. Jimmy Jam

    Jimmy Jam Forum Resident

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    He is the new Bowie, what's Ed going to do next?....who knows? a true artist
     
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  20. dmiller458

    dmiller458 Forum Resident

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    Where's the dislike option?
     
  21. Jimmy Jam

    Jimmy Jam Forum Resident

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    You cant remember the melody to "Galway Girl"?...I find that hard to believe, but maybe you haven't heard it to be fair
     
  22. Fitter Stoke

    Fitter Stoke Forum Resident

    I think he falls between the fourth and fifth categories i.e. a mediocre talent unleashed upon a public hoodwinked by hype. There are worse “artists” (well, one comes to mind) who sell even more.
     
  23. IanM007

    IanM007 Give me CDs or give me death...!

    Location:
    Shrewsbury, UK
    Chancing busker... "We talked for hours and hours/About the sweet and sour..."
     
  24. He's the guy who suggested to the other guy in 'Yesterday' that he change the title of ' Hey Jude' to ' Hey Dude'...
     
  25. Jimmy Jam

    Jimmy Jam Forum Resident

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    And Warren Zevon sang about Chow Mein and he's "cool"....bit unfair on Ed
     
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