Review: Ed Sheeran & Rudimental – Bloodstream
Ed Sheeran has teamed up with Rudimental on a new version of his album track ‘Bloodstream’
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Ed Sheeran has teamed up with Rudimental on a new version of his album track ‘Bloodstream’ which they have written together. It’s not a usual combination of artists as Ed Sheeran creates music within the R’n’B/Indie Rock genre unlike Rudimental who make more electro, soul and pop styled music.
The song is about Ed Sheeran falling in love with a red beanbag whilst being on drugs, that certainly doesn’t show him in a good light but the song is still lyrically great. The lyrics of the first verse may be quite hard to remember after the first few listens but the chorus will get you singing for sure as it’s catchy and easier to remember - multiple lyrics are repeated throughout.
The track fits the whole ‘Multiply’ album well and it just shows how true Ed Sheeran is in his songs by writing about his experiences. Ed Sheeran’s fans will love this song and I think some people who are not his fans will love it as well. However, it might be a bit difficult to please people who don’t listen to R’n’B/Indie Rock style music as I think it takes some getting used to. This makes it hard to tell if ‘Bloodstream’ has what it takes to be another big hit for Ed Sheeran.
This version of the song could have been sped up a bit to make it different from the original version - perhaps making it more of a dance track. Because it’s been created with Rudimental you’d most likely expect it; I think this would have guaranteed Ed Sheeran a hit. ‘Bloodstream’ is the kind of song you’d listen to with headphones in when you’re walking on the street but it’s not something you’d dance to at a party.
The Rudimental version seems heavier but at the same time even more enjoyable than the original version. It’s a shame this version isn’t on the album but on the other hand we get to listen to more Ed Sheeran! Although a good version, some people may say that it sounds too much like the original. Overall, Ed Sheeran has put all of his personality into this song, however, you’d certainly expect more from Rudimental - making this a bit of a disappointment.