The success of + involved a fair amount of luck as well. But more than that, Sheeran's songs are honest in a non-manufactured, non-cloying way — and his musical philosophy is a refreshing manifestation of how some artists see bridges, and not divides, between genres. "Some of the songs had been in my head for a long time, whilst some came quite late in the recording process," he says. "But it all felt very natural."

ED SHEERAN + SNOW PATROL | Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston | April 12 @ 7:30 pm | 18+ | $33.50 to $38 | 617.482.0106

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