Review: Shivers - Ed Sheeran

3 months ago 88

MyBesh Review:

Insurmountable weight of expectations. That pretty much sums up Ed's latest single Shivers.

When you have delivered masterpieces such as Thinking Out Loud, Shape of You, and Perfect, took a hiatus, and then consumed three days to write Shivers, you can't assume that the song "is too special to get wrong".   

While Shivers is a rather catchy love song with crisp hand claps in the chorus, it surely lacks the depth, intricacy and singularity one would expect from Ed Sheeran. Try playing this track on repeat and immersing in it. You would notice an uncanny resemblance to a rushed song that hits it high on first play but has an accelerated diminishing returns on subsequent plays. And to wrap it up, the lyrics are mediocre, not earworm worthy and at times, pretty shivering.


Catchy: 7/10

Chart Topper: 5/10

On Repeat: 6/10

On Playlist: 5/10

Music Elements: 5/10

Lyrical Beauty: 5/10


Critics Verdicts:

  • "A sexy, rocketing song that includes hand claps in the bridge..." - GQ Magazine
  • "...punchy blast of lovestruck pop, with Sheeran crooning over crisp handclaps, plucky strings,..." - RollingStone
  • "If there were any shivers, it was certainly not for good reasons" - TheEdge


Fun Facts:

  • Ed Sheeran wrote Shivers in a studio at a rented farm in Suffolk towards the end of his Divide tour
  • Shivers was originally intended to be the main single for his new = album
  • Shivers music video released on 10 Sep 2021, featuring AnnaSophia Robb


Lyrics:

I took an arrow to the heart
I never kissed a mouth that taste like yours
Strawberries and somethin' more
Ooh, yeah, I want it all
Lipstick on my guitar, ooh
Fill up the engines, we can drive real far
Go dancing underneath the stars
Ooh, yeah, I want it all, mm
Ooh, you got me feeling like

I wanna be that guy
I wanna kiss your eyes
I wanna drink that smile
I wanna feel like I'm
Like my soul's on fire
I wanna stay up all day and all night, mm
Yeah, you got me singing like

Ooh, I love it when you do it like that
And when you're close up, give me thе shivers
Oh, baby, you wanna dance 'til the sunlight cracks
And whеn they say the party's over then we bring it right back
And we say, ooh, I love it when you do it like that
And when you're close up, give me the shivers
Oh, baby you wanna dance 'til the sunlight cracks
And when they say the party's over then we bring it right back

Into the car, on the back seat in the moon lit dark
Wrap me up between your legs and arms
Ooh, I can't get enough
You know you could tear me apart
Put me back together and take my heart
I never thought that I could love this hard
Ooh, I can't get enough
Ooh, you got me feeling like

I wanna be that guy
I wanna kiss your eyes
I wanna drink that smile
I wanna feel like I'm
Like my soul's on fire
I wanna stay up all day and all night
Yeah, you got me singing like

Ooh, I love it when you do it like that
And when you're close up, give me the shivers
Oh, baby, you wanna dance 'til the sunlight cracks
And when they say the party's over then we bring it right back
And we say, ooh, I love it when you do it like that
And when you're close up, give me the shivers
Oh, baby you wanna dance 'til the sunlight cracks
And when they say the party's over then we bring it right back

Baby, you are so hot you make me shiver
With the fire you got, this thing is started
I don't want it to stop, you know you make me shiver, oh, oh
Baby, you are so hot you make me shiver
With the fire you got, this thing is started
I don't want it to stop, you know you make me shiver
Yeah, you got me singing like

Ooh, I love it when you do it like that
And when you're close up, give me the shivers
Oh, baby, you wanna dance 'til the sunlight cracks
And when they say the party's over then we bring it right back
And we say, ooh, I love it when you do it like that
And when you're close up, give me the shivers
Oh, baby you wanna dance 'til the sunlight cracks
And when they say the party's over then we bring it right back
And we say, ooh, I love it when you do it like that
And when you're close up, give me the shivers
Oh, baby you wanna dance 'til the sunlight cracks
And when they say the party's over then we bring it right back (Yeah)