÷ (Deluxe) / Ed Sheeran is Back!

After a three-year break from music, and after his hotly anticipated second studio album became the most streamed album on Spotify and other music services, Ed Sheeran is back with his third studio album, ÷. Shape of You really sets the tone of his latest album, because it has a unique vibe that really sets the mood you want to experience when listening to this album.

As it is the first ever vinyl record I have owned, I feel so honoured to go retro for the first time, because the original vinyl discs initially ceased production many, many years ago, but it’s only been in the last few years that vinyl has made a comeback and I am pleased to say that ÷ is my first ever vinyl record I have purchased.

How many tracks are on ÷?

There are 16 tracks on the Deluxe version of ÷ and here is the official tracklist:

  1. Eraser
  2. Castle on the Hill
  3. Dive
  4. Shape of You
  5. Perfect
  6. Galway Girl
  7. Happier
  8. New Man
  9. Hearts Don’t Break Around Here
  10. What Do I Know?
  11. How Would You Feel (Paean)
  12. Supermarket Flowers
  13. Barcelona
  14. Bibia Be Ye Ye
  15. Nancy Mulligan
  16. Save Myself

What comes with the Deluxe Boxset?

In the Deluxe Boxset for ÷, these are the items that come with the album:

  • 12” x 12” premium hardcover book with photos, lyrics and artwork
  • 2 x heavyweight blue vinyl, exclusive to this edition of the album
  • Deluxe CD album
  • Silver plated Divide charm and necklace, packaged separately
  • Deluxe digital album sent to you at release
÷ (Deluxe) / Ed Sheeran / Official Album Artwork © Asylum Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records, Gingerbread Man Records & Ed Sheeran
÷ (Deluxe) / Ed Sheeran / Official Album Artwork
© Asylum Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records, Gingerbread Man Records & Ed Sheeran

My Review of ÷ (Deluxe)

This album brings out Ed Sheeran’s unique and interesting side to his music, You can’t quite help but think just how much ÷ gives you life. When he released Shape of You, straightaway, it brought along with it its own vibe where you would remember it, not just for Ed himself singing, but because of the fact it has that eccentric and realistic appeal that you want. With Ed Sheeran’s previous album, X (Multiply), that album brought about love and respect and courage, which is why we love Ed Sheeran, I too love Ed Sheeran, not just because he has tugged at our heart-strings, but because he’s made us realise that there is life and love even in the darkest places, and for me, ÷ carries that message too, but also goes on to add that with love, respect, courage, compassion and support, the world can be a better place.

This album gives me life!

Ed Sheeran is a living legend in my eyes because his music is timeless and will never date, but you begin to appreciate life a whole lot more after you’ve listened to ÷ because you can relate and share the same feelings that he has as a musician. Not only that, but his music is eccentric and brings positivity to the table, which is what this world needs and I take my hat off to Ed Sheeran. ÷ is a masterpiece, in fact, +, X & ÷ are all masterpieces and Ed Sheeran is a legend!

If you haven’t already, I strongly recommend you purchase ÷, you will not be disappointed. ÷ is such a perfectly crafted album and Ed Sheeran has produced another exquisite masterpiece that is worth purchasing.

If you enjoyed my review of Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Deluxe) album, please feel free to comment below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Alex Smithson

© Asylum Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records, Gingerbread Man Records & Ed Sheeran, 2017

© The Divide Album Artwork & Complete Tracklist are all copyright of Asylum Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records, Gingerbread Man Records & Ed Sheeran. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

÷ Album Rating: 10/10

Who’s Ready to Head Back to School or College?

As this two-week holiday is coming to an end soon, I wanted to tell you all that I feel ready to go back to college on Monday. Why? Because as I now feel full of energy now that I have had this two-week holiday to relax and recuperate, as well as being able to write and publish more articles than before, I have now got all of that energy to use wisely for when I go back to college on Monday.

For those of you still studying at primary and secondary school, all I can say is stay in school, work extra hard and go the extra mile to achieve the best out of what you want to do, and if you really want something that bad that will get you the best possible future in your life, then work for it, and study as much as possible, as you will find that it will all pay off in the end.

For those of you that are currently in Year 11 who will be heading to a large variety of colleges come September, it’s time to work hard now, because these next few weeks, however hard they may be, will be full of hard work, and I can guarantee you one thing, if you work extremely hard now, you will find that all of that hard work will eventually pay off, and not only that, but you’ll also find that all that determination and courage you’ve been given will pay off for you in the end.

For those of you currently in Year 11, I know exactly what you are going through, and yes, studying hard may be a big ask for you at this stage, but really it isn’t, because working hard and showing that you’re determined to pass is key, and all I can say is this. Work hard now, go the extra mile and prove just how determined you are to pass and you will find that all that determination and all that courage you have will eventually pay off in the end. Never give up, just work hard and show that you want the best future that you want, as if your life depended on it. Go for it!!!!!

Overall, I feel more than ready to go and I feel more than ready to head back to college. I will make sure that the next 7-8 weeks are hard-working, and I will also make sure to get the best possible grade by the end of the first year of this two-year Film & Photography course.

Are you ready to head back to school/college? Please feel free to submit feedback. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Strength, Courage & Willpower: Just How Powerful Are They?

Strength, courage and willpower. We have all three of them, but just how powerful are they to us?

Strength is powerful to us because it makes up how we feel about certain things, for instance, if we needed to build up our strength, we would need to do so through being determined, as well as being able to cope with the idea of doing something that will help us to become stronger.

Courage is powerful to us because it is about being able to have the courage to commit to certain things, even at times when we don’t want to, given possible personal reasons inclined, but it’s being encouraged and being able to have the courage to speak up about things that really matter the most.

Willpower is powerful to us, because it’s about how we can deal with things. In this case, when we sacrifice something of our own, it’s because it’s not by choice, but it’s because it’s by showing ourselves and everyone around us that we will be able to have the willpower to cope without the need of certain things that we were once attached to.

Put all three together, and you find that all three combined make up the people that we become.

How does combining all three make up the people we become do you ask? Well all three can make up the people we become through being able to have the strength, courage and willpower to do so.

We sometimes don’t realise our own strengths, as well as our courage, but we sometimes don’t realise that our own form of willpower makes up who we really are. It’s having the audacity to be strong, to be courage and to have the strongest form of willpower possible that makes us the people that we become.

If you liked this article, please feel free to submit feedback. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

How to Get the Best Breakthrough in Life.

To celebrate the milestone of this article becoming the 300th article I’ve published ever since Mother Nature made its début on the 6th June 2013, I will give you all a full run-down on how you can get the best breakthrough in life.

In life, we are all expected to overcome those all-important hurdles that life can just throw at us when we least expect it. However easy or difficult life can be, come the best breakthroughs we want. For instance, we all want the best life possible, and to get the best breakthrough in life, we need to really push ourselves and work hard now.

To get the best breakthrough in life, you need to make sure to work hard now, and to also be yourself. After all, being yourself and being the best at what you can be can expand your horizons to all-new heights that you didn’t think were once possible, and working hard and showing your strength, determination and courage can really help you to excel a lot further than you think.

One major key factor that can give you the best breakthrough to life is one word, and one word alone. Respect. Respect is the most important key factor that can, if you use it all the time, give you the best breakthrough to life.

The truth about getting the best breakthrough to life is that it can be a difficult path to start on, as there will come certain points down the line where you will end up slipping up, especially when you don’t realise it, even by accident, because you might end up forgetting something that was important, but that’s not your fault if you accidentally forgot. To a certain degree, you might think it was your fault, but really it isn’t, and it’s okay to know you made mistakes.

To fix mistakes is to make them first, at least then you will be able to find a route cause to how the mistake was made, and how you can solve that mistake.

Here is my 3-step how-to guide on how you can get the best breakthrough in life.

  1. How to Make Your Life Become Special

To have a special life, you will want to create a lot of happy memories down the line, and in this case, taking photos can be the best possible chance of creating the happy memories you want to have, but most of all, want everyone else around you to have.

Also, as well as taking photos, the best thing you could possibly have is being able to share those connections you have made to your friends and family, especially your extended family, because each happy memory and every strong connection you have can bring you, your friends, your family and your extended family closer.

2. How to Become the Best Version of Yourself to Others

To become the best version of yourself that others can look up to, it’s always best to study and work hard, no matter how stretched time can be on some or most occasions, but most of all, do some research on certain people who became famous, for example, whether it would be someone who was famous for building their own airline or company, or whether it would be someone who became famous because of music or even films. Doing research and looking up to people like that who are role models can often make you think: “I want to be at the best point in my life, and I want to make a positive difference in this world“.

Also, offering to help out now and then, even at times when no-one has asked you for help can give you the chance to prove yourself and to prove that you want to reach out and help someone in need, for instance, if you’re someone who offers to help out and show someone what they’ve got to do to get to the best point of their life, then you’re offering them the chance to go down the right direction that will help them, not just to succeed, but to also give them the best possible start in life, especially if it involves helping them to follow their dreams, as well as the kind of career that they want to pursue when they’re older. Offering your help to someone gives you the best chance to become the best version of yourself.

3. How to Put Yourself Out There & Make Something Good for Yourself

To put yourself out there and make something good for yourself, you want to be able to prove just how determined you can be at anything.

If you work hard at something that can get you to that best point in your life, and you really prove that you’re capable of doing something with such strength, determination and courage, then you will find that because you’ve worked hard at something, you’ll find that it will all pay off in the end.

When I was at school, of course the work was difficult at some or most stages, but it was having the encouragement to study hard and to show how determined I was in passing that got me to where I am today, and I have my friends, my family and my extended family to thank because without them, I wouldn’t have got to this point in my life.

But back to the subject, if you work that extra bit hard for yourself, you will find it not only pays off for you in the end, but you will also find that you have done something that has left a positive impact on you.

I’ve picked a quote from my Instagram page that I made whilst using the Pic Collage app, which I feel will help to inspire you if you want to get the best breakthrough in life.

“GRAB ANY OPPORTUNITY WITH BOTH HANDS AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT.

TO AIM FOR THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE, YOU HAVE TO NOT ONLY WORK HARD TO PLAY HARD, BUT YOU ALSO NEED TO WORK HARD TO PROVE YOU CAN TAKE EACH OPPORTUNITY AS IT COMES.

PROVE THAT YOU’RE THE BEST YOU CAN BE IN LIFE, BY STARTING NOW.” – ALEX SMITHSON

Most importantly of all, to put yourself out there and make something good for yourself, you need to show respect to everyone around you, and also treat them equally, but more importantly, accept the people around you no matter who they choose to be, and no matter who they love. As long as you are respectful to everyone and as long as you treat everyone with full equality and diversity, then you’ll be able to get the best breakthrough in life. After all, a good life is only a good life if you have a respectful attitude towards others, but a good life is also only a good life if you respect everyone with equality and diversity. Respect, Equality & Diversity are the three most important, yet crucial keys that will give you the best breakthrough in life.

I hope my 3-step how-to guide helps all of you get the best breakthrough in life, and please feel free to feedback what you thought of this guide.

I’ve produced this article as a way of inspiring all of you, as I want to make sure that all of you get the best possible start in life, and that you get the best breakthrough in your life that will allow you to really excel further :-).

Your feedback is much appreciated :-).

Alex Smithson