“Ed Sheeran has two new singles!” everyone in New York yelled at me as I walked to work yesterday, like some kind of reimagined La La Land in which the stakes are somehow even lower. (By the way, picture La La Land as being about Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift and the movie suddenly works.)
I would never usually listen to an Ed Sheeran single, except for by accident. But Monday was different. I don’t know—I was feeling like dipping my finger into an unusual pie.
The first single, “Castle on the Hill,” I don’t care about. I listened to ten seconds, turned it off, and immediately forgot it ever happened. But “Shape of You?” Now that’s something I can groove to.
On Monday evening, Rachel Vorona Cote wrote for this same website that the song is “utterly forgetful and dumb.” I’m sorry, but it isn’t. It is memorable and fun.