Beneath The Surface: Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent

Six months ago, Lewis Capaldi was a relatively unknown force. Throughout the past year, he has rapidly become one of the most sought-after names in the music industry, achieving his first platinum record in the United States, “Someone You Loved.”

About six months later, Capaldi released his debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent. The record narrowly passed Billie Eilish’s debut record, becoming the fastest-selling record of 2019.

Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is a pop record that emulates the feeling of a male Adele. “Grace” introduces us to the soft drum, prominent piano sound of the album. With Capaldi passionately belting, “I’m not ready to be just another of your mistakes,” the song gives the LP a moderately effective introduction.

The introduction segues into “Bruises,” the record’s second entry. This is surely a highlight on the album. When the song was originally released in 2017, very few (if any) singers were emulating Capaldi’s gritty, passionate inflection and style. The song’s gripping dynamics, elegant piano, and pained vocals define Capaldi’s style, with the singer even releasing a full EP containing various iterations of the song.

Like “Bruises,” smash-hit “Someone You Loved” does not try to be anything that it is not. It’s a simple piano ballad with an effective emotional message. The song features a beautiful string arrangement, and a bridge containing notes I didn’t even know a male could belt. This is the most popular song on the record (#3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 at the time of this post) for a reason. Capaldi sings, “I tend to close my eyes, but it hurts sometimes. I fall into your arms.” Anyone with romantic experience will relate to these lyrics, and easily follow the chord structure and arrangement of the song.

At this point, the album begins to lose power for one primary reason: All the songs sound very similar.

Most of the songs containing drums are virtually indistinguishable from one another and do not break any musical barriers. Most notably, “Maybe” seems to have originated in the same chord structure, lyrical concept and arrangement as “Grace.” While I admire Capaldi’s style and reliability, I find it ineffective to have similar sounding songs on the same record, as it softens the message the artist is trying to convey.

The record’s highest points come when songs embrace their simplicity. In the B-side of the album, cuts such as “Forever” and “One” stand out to me as impeccable performances from Capaldi.

All things considered, this is your average pop record with slightly more grit and emotion. There are certainly a few impressive tracks on this LP that give fans a reason to await Capaldi’s next release, but the album lacks reliability and continuity, depending on a few singles to keep its head above water.

Rating: 5/10

Source: Universal Music Ireland

Ed Sheeran Creates the Perfect Duet

Ed Sheeran is a musical genius. I don’t know how else to phrase it. “Perfect” is one of the remarkable singles off Ed Sheeran’s latest album “Divide.” If you love that song as much as I do, you’re probably wondering how it could possibly get any better.

Let me tell you. “Perfect” as a duet with Beyoncé… (YES, Beyoncé) is exactly how it could get better.

Ed Sheeran left social media behind for about a year to focus on himself, only to return with more remarkable music compiled in “Divide.” “Perfect” is the epitome of what every girl hopes to hear from their significant other, or at least something close to it. There is such sincere, deep emotion in each line; this is a common theme within Ed Sheeran’s music. He is truly devoted to his music and the results always prove to be phenomenal.

The duet is sculpted to perfectly illustrate the underlying emotions from each singer. Their voices complement each other incredibly well. The harmonies are breath-taking. I didn’t realize I needed to hear Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran singing together until this release.

Little did we know, he’s been waiting to release the duet for nearly two months. What else could Ed be holding out on for us? He dished all the details about working with Beyoncé in an interview with Keltie Knight.

His hard work continues to pay off and working with Beyoncé is just another treat for all of us Ed Sheeran lovers.  According to the Official Charts, if the duet remains at Number 1, this will be Ed’s fourth song at the top of the charts.

What will Ed surprise us with next? Whatever it may be, I’m sure we won’t be disappointed.

I hope you enjoy this perfect duet as much as I do.

All puns were intended throughout the making of this blog post.

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