Ed Sheeran is out promoting his comeback album, and he’s changed up his look with a genderqueer vampire vibe in the video for “Bad Habits.”
The album of the same name is getting solid reviews from UK press like The Guardian:
Its primary influence appears to be the Weeknd’s last album After Hours. The sound offers a similar glossy update of 80s dance-pop by way of Daft Punk’s take on house to that found on In Your Eyes or Save Your Tears; just as After Hours’s biggest hit Blinding Lights gives every impression it’s about to turn into A-ha’s 1985 chart-topper Take on Me, so the hook of Bad Habits has a distinct hint of Bronski Beat’s 1984 smash Smalltown Boy about it. You might also detect the Weeknd’s influence in its lyrical conflation of sex with wracked, compulsive hedonism.
Meanwhile, Adam White at The Independent called it “a stilted comeback from pop’s most boring man.” Ouch! He is going to get bitten by a fan or two for that one!
Image: YouTube / Ed Sheeran