SINGLE REVIEW: Ed Sheeran – I See Fire

Ed Sheeran

With this year’s release of the second part of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, ‘:The Desolation of Smaug’, its closing credits number has been unveiled. ‘I See Fire’ written and recorded by Ed Sheeran has merged the elements of earthiness and rawness that the film stands for, and as the second part of the trilogy draws to an end, the soft sounds of melancholic acoustic guitar and Sheeran’s subtle yet dynamic vocals enchant us as he wails: “Now I see fire, Inside the mountains/I see fire, Burning the trees/ And I see fire, Hallowing souls/And I see fire, Blood in the breeze/And I hope that you remember me.”

Sheeran’s distinctive mergence of acoustic and “grimesque” qualities are nowhere to be found within this track, and the simplicity of melodic fingerstyles he uses, and softness in his vocals, backed up with strings and very little percussion have created a haunting aura surrounding the song, which will sit perfectly in the realms of what ‘The Hobbit’ is all about.

‘I See Fire’ will not be featured on Ed Sheeran’s forthcoming album but is now available to listen to on YouTube alongside its official video with sneak previews of the film.

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