Redbrick Music takes a look back at the best albums of 2017.Written by Pablo Doyle, Issy Campbell, Matt Hooper, Barney Whiteside, Niamh Brennan, louisabebb, Luke Bohanan, Sorcha Hornett, Kieran Read, Jack Lawrence, Charlotte Russell, Kat Smith, Greg Woodin, Emily Barker, Kirstie Sutherland, Thom Dent, Katie Leigh-Lancaster, Holly Carter, Luke Charnley, Alex Carmichael, Laura Mosley, Harry Hetherington, Josh Parker, jamesfhill, Jonah Corren, Zoe Screti, Rhi Storer & Suraj Hallan on 12th January 2018
Single Review: Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé – Perfect Duet
Is Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé's 'Perfect Duet' a perfect duet? Comment Editor Kat Smith doesn't think so
With multiple songs in the charts in terms of his own singles as well as features on other tracks, it seems that everything Ed Sheeran touches turns to gold. For the most part, this success is well-earned and I will always be one of the first to rave about his latest numerically-named album. However, despite clever lyrics and genuine emotion certainly being part of Sheeran’s wholesome brand, his latest effort alongside Beyoncé is underwhelming.
“It’s so formulaic that you don’t even know which version you are listening to until you do or don’t hear a female voice singing the second verse
Beyoncé’s presence on the duet version of ‘Perfect’ (creatively named ‘Perfect Duet’) does little to elevate the song. It’s so formulaic that you don’t even know which version you are listening to until you do or don’t hear a female voice singing the second verse. She then just follows exactly what Sheeran sang in the original with them both then singing together predictable harmony to finish. I can’t help but feel that ‘Hearts Don’t Break Around Here’ would have been a more emotive duet, but perhaps it isn’t as chart-friendly as the simplistic ‘Perfect’.
“They both sound beautiful on the track, even if they do sound painfully disinterested
I am a huge fan of Ed but I can’t help that ‘Perfect Duet’ was a lazy attempt to get yet another chart hit under his belt. Hopefully this is an anomaly in Sheeran’s otherwise brilliant discography, and π (or whatever he chooses to call his next album) is an improvement on this disappointing duet.
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