不僅評論:紅髮艾德與大咖藝人合作,成功開拓新曲風 | Review: Ed Sheeran wins again with new terrain, new friend

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這次的合作計畫更是讓許多粉絲接觸到一些小眾歌手,例如出色的饒舌歌手Dave,形成了雙贏的局面。| If listeners go on to explore some of the lesser-known collaborators — like the brilliant rapper Dave — then everyone wins. (AP)

【看英文中國郵報學英文】英國創作歌手紅髮艾德(Ed Sheeran)最近發行了新專輯 “No.6 Collaboration Project” (大西洋)。在這張專輯,紅髮艾德有了兩項重要的突破。

Ed Sheeran, “No. 6 Collaborations Project” (Atlantic). If anything, Ed Sheeran’s new album does two things.

其中不僅展現出紅髮艾德能夠駕馭許多的音樂風格,他的廣大交友圈更是令人印象深刻。

It lets him show off his tremendous range. And it lets him show off his impressive rolodex.

這次合作名單上包含了許多知名歌手,包含卡蒂B(Cardi B), 小賈斯汀(Justin Bieber), 崔維斯·史考特(Travis Scott), 凱利德(Khalid), 阿姆(Eminem)和火星人布魯諾(Bruno Mars)。

A stunning who’s who of music’s top stars — including Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Travis Scott, Khalid, Eminem and Bruno Mars — appear on “No. 6 Collaborations Project.”

可想而知,這張專輯包含的音樂風格非常多元廣泛。風格除了匪幫放克(G-Funk)、塵垢(grime)、陷阱音樂(trap)、節奏藍調(R&B),還有tropical hip-pop、謠曲(ballads)、華麗金屬(hair metal)。多元的歌曲不僅展現出無與倫比的創作能力更是帶給聽眾滿滿的歡樂氛圍。

The result is an understandably scattershot of styles — G-Funk, grime, trap, R&B, tropical hip-hop, ballads, hair metal — but what knits it together is an impossibly high level of songwriting and an undeniable joy.

紅髮艾德在專輯中模仿Migos(Skrrt!),跟Eminem一起饒舌,在一群喇叭手前唱歌,與卡蒂B(Cardi B)合作一首歌,歌曲內還有卡蒂B招牌口頭禪 “Okurrr”,整張專輯玩味無窮。

Sheeran seems to revel in playing with Migos effects (Skrrt!), rap with Eminem, sing in front of a horn section and be on a track with Cardi B purring “Okurrr.”

這張由15首歌曲組成的專輯名稱是來自他2011年與英國饒舌歌手們合作發行的專輯“No.5 Collarboration Project”。

The title of the 15-track project is a nod to his 2011 “No. 5 Collaborations Project,” which saw Sheeran team up with U.K. rappers.

這次,紅髮艾德更是跨越國界與H.E.R樂團和來自阿根廷的音樂家Paulo Londra合作。

This time, he welcomes everyone from H.E.R. to Paulo Londra, an artist from Argentina.

這次的合作計畫更是讓許多粉絲接觸到一些小眾歌手,例如出色的饒舌歌手Dave,形成了雙贏的局面。

If listeners go on to explore some of the lesser-known collaborators — like the brilliant rapper Dave — then everyone wins.

專輯中出色的歌曲包含與饒舌歌手錢斯、PnB Pock合作的“Cross Me”,和Stormzy一起的“Take Me Back to London”,還有Khalid參與的“Beautiful People”。

Standouts include “Cross Me” with Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock, “Take Me Back to London” with Stormzy and “Beautiful People” with Khalid.

儘管整張專輯都是與其他歌手合作的歌曲,這張專輯畢竟還是紅髮艾德的專輯,從許多地方還是能看到他的影子。

Despite all the collaborations, there are little touches that remind you it’s a Sheeran album.

即使獲得了無數的掌聲和堆積如山的金錢,他還是時常覺得在社會上格格不入。

He’s still got that sad-sack, lovable misfit thing going on, despite earning acclaim and millions of bucks.

在“Beautiful People”和與小賈斯汀合作的“I Don’t Care”MV裡,紅髮艾德無法融入於熱鬧的派對之中。

Two songs — “Beautiful People” and “I Don’t Care” with Bieber — have Sheeran at a party where he feels he doesn’t belong.

他唱到:「我覺得我是個沒沒無名的人。」

“I always feel like I’m nobody,” he sings.

然而,婚姻似乎漸漸地改變了他。

One thing that has changed is that marriage seems to agree with Sheeran.

如果是在過去,他總是執著於和前任的感情之中,但新的專輯裡充滿了他對老婆愛的訊息。

If in the past, he was creeping a little in an ex’s DMs, the newly wEd Sheeran has created an album awash with love messages to his wife.

在「Cross Me」中他唱道:「我只想和我的寶貝黏在一起。」

“I’m stickin’ with my baby, for sure,” he sings on “Cross Me.”

在「Put It All on Me」他承認,「身邊有一個能夠豐富我的靈魂的女人。」

On “Put It All on Me,” he admits: “Having my woman there is good for my soul.”

關於思鄉的歌曲仍然出現在專輯之中。

Missing home is a continual theme.

他依然有對除了他老婆之外的人展現他歡鬧的一面。「South of the Border」這一首歌曲風與過去專輯的歌「Galway Girl」類似,但這次帶了一點西班牙風。

He does get frisky for someone not Mrs. Ed Sheeran on another fun track “South of the Border,” a kind of U.S. cousin to his “Galway Girl.”

他與卡蜜拉·卡貝羅稱讚著一位擁有咖啡色眼睛和焦糖色大腿的女孩,紅髮艾德甚至在歌曲內高喊著「我愛你,辣妹。」

He and Camila Cabello celebrate a lass with “brown eyes, caramel thighs” who makes him cry out (OK, a little cringingly) “te amo, mami.”

最後,卡蒂B(Cardi B)唱出含有雙關語的歌詞「我覺得艾德愛到發燒了(jungle fever)。」

Finally, Cardi B storms in to play up the double entendre of the title and announce: “I think that Ed got a lil’ jungle fever.”

艾德請來的合作歌手像是Stormzy和YEBBA為整首歌加分不少,但是也有一些略顯遜色,例如跟艾拉·邁合作的「Put It All on Me」或是和小賈斯汀一起合作的歌。

A few of the guests elevate some songs — Stormzy and YEBBA, among them — but there are a few underwhelming tracks, including the Sheeran-Ella Mai union on “Put It All on Me” and the Bieber song.

至於最後一首歌,由紅髮艾德、火星人布魯諾跟克里斯·斯泰普頓製作的“BLOW”,模仿了齊柏林飛船(Led Zeppelin)的風格,重金屬搖滾風,歌詞裡還帶有濃濃的性意味,。「拉我的板機/ 讓我意亂情迷」

For the last track, Sheeran, Mars and Chris Stapleton — just take a moment to wrap your head around that stunning trio — get into a Led Zeppelin groove with “BLOW,” a head-banger awash in sexual imagery. “Pull my trigger/Let me blow your mind.”

太遲了。我們的心早已留在前面幾首歌了。

Too late. Our mind was blown a few tracks ago.