If you’ve been dying to see the fruits of those kitchen songwriting sessions and the basis for the enthusiastic Twitter back-and-forths between Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, we direct your attention to “Everything Has Changed,” their just-leaked collaboration off Tay’s new album, Red. Process that information, debate whether you feel bad listening to the track early and then accept the fact that you just can’t wait any longer. (We’ve all been through this.)
The duet is a successful blend of both artists sensibilities, finding a sweet middle ground of folk-pop, driven heavily by the acoustic guitar and slow-building soft percussion, which feels most like a Sheeran song—for those unfamiliar, “Give Me Love” is a good start. Lyrically, Taylor picks up where the promising ballad “Begin Again” left off, moving on from that cafe on a Wednesday and opening the door for perspective from her new love interest (“And all my walls stood tall painted blue / But I’ll take them down, take them down and open up the door for you,” Sheeran sings).
Even with a repetitive chorus that’s very reminiscent of Sheeran’s “Lego House” (“I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now” vs. “And out of all these things I’ve done I think I love you better now”) it’s much more fulfilling than the somewhat bland, albeit catchy-as-hell, collaboration between Justin Bieber and Our Girl Carly Rae Jepsen, a song which might still have One Direction stans fuming. Listen below.
During his rise in the U.S. over the last few months, Sheeran hasn’t been shy when it comes to praising Taylor, helping our dream of one day attending a quirky outdoor wedding where the statuesque bride and groom sing their own vows and serve as reception entertainment, interspersing covers of “Lighters Up” and “Super Bass” throughout the party, alive for one more day. He talked about Taylor and the other industry members he’s met along the way during his recent interview with SB.TV, noting the way that some personalities can develop detestable qualities as their fame grows. Definitely the felines, right?
“In America once you get to a certain level there’s kind of a like a ‘douchebag pass,’” he explained. “There’s certain artists who are just allowed to be douches.” He might have a point, but we’ll put next Transatlantic feud on hold for just a second and circle back to discussing T-Swift. “When I first met [Taylor] I expected her to be one of these artists that is kind of allowed to have a douchebag pass, but she was just, like, the loveliest person that I’ve met,” he gushed. “And she wasn’t just nice to me she was nice to all the staff.” Go on (and on and on).