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BY APRIL HOUNSOME Staff Writer Ed Sheeran is captivating people again. At the beginning of the year, he released two singles: Castle on the Hill and Shape of You. On his birthday, Feb. 13, he dropped another song, How Do You Feel (Paean). This brought about the question. Does one song top the others? While the stats say Shape of You, I would argue for Castle on the Hill. Shape of You has a very different beat for its start, but overall it’s not very catchy. The lyrics are rather objectifying. Yes, you can meet someone in a bar. Yes, you could have a one night stand. Yes, some women may respond to your text like that, but typically they do not. Are you supposed to fall in love with the way her body curves or straightens? In a world that constantly pressurizes woman and girls to be thinner and smaller, this sentence just strikes me the wrong way. How Do You Feel (Paean) is your typical love song, and while I am sometimes in need of one, it’s not anything new. Love songs are great, but I don’t need a new love song. Yes, hearing someone I loved say the words, “You are the one,” would make me absolutely melt, but at this stage of my life, I’m not listening for those words. The song is slow, smooth and otherwise well written. Sheeran wrote it for his girlfriend Castle on the Hill on the other hand, pulls me in from the start. The beat fills me with excitement and makes my heart pound in my chest. It makes me think of laughter, the wind in my face when I run and leaves getting tangled in my hair. The song dives straight into it and it’s truly nostalgia at its best, especially as I’m a college student. The line that really hit me was, “I can’t wait to go home.” As I live two hours from my family and constantly find myself wishing I was within that familiar building, I understand this. I crave adventure, experiences and learning, but at the end of the day all I want is some sort of familiarity. Sheeran’s third album ÷ (Divide), which features the three songs, releases March 3.