Welcome back to my playlist!
I’ve decided to stick in one of my many Ed Sheeran songs now.
Like many other people in the world, “The A-Team” was the first Ed Sheeran song I ever heard. It was his first major single, and the first single off his hit album, +. Yes. He has an album that is the plus symbol.
I don’t really know why, but I find that fantastic.
The first time I heard the song, it was too chill for me. I was coming to the end of my “I hate chill music” phase. This song may have helped me reach the end of it.
You may recall that it was basically all over the radio for ages, so it was hard to avoid it at the time. The more I heard it, the more it grew on me, until I knew all of the words.
You could find anywhere on the web what it’s about, why it’s unique musically, whatever. It’s a chill song about a prostitute who’s a crack addict. But somehow, it manages to be beautiful and thoughtful, and the line about “crumbling like pastries” is probably the most poetic and perfect thing that’s been in music for a long time.
That’s the thing about Ed Sheeran that I’m sure I’ll bring up many times before I’ve exhausted posts about his music. In every song, from the most brilliant to the more conventional, there’s always at least one line that I hear and go, “That is the thing that makes this song wonderful.”
Every song, without fail. In this one, it’s “crumbling like pastries.” There’s plenty of other brilliant lines here, but that’s the one that made me fall in love with the song, and in the end, with Ed Sheeran.
This song is also, funnily enough, the first on the playlist I listen to when I’m winding down for the night and getting ready for bed. Not for content. Just for chill factor. If I were worried about the content of my before-bed music, I wouldn’t listen to Welcome to Night Vale while I sleep.