Life, man. It's a highway. It's a trip. It passes you by. Just ask Ed Sheeran. In the four years since his inescapable blockbuster ÷, he married his childhood sweetheart and had a daughter. Sheeran has hit the ripe age of 30 and while he still indulges in the occasional pint down at the bro-tel ….
Album titles are very often given more credence than they perhaps deserve. After all, most artists settle on the actual name as one of the last items on their todo list - somewhere in between sending the artwork to the label via WeTransfer and alphabetising the list of credits. Ed Sheeran's '=' follows his mathematically minded opening trilogy, and it puts you in mind of completion, resolution, and conclusion.