Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran performs at Ellis Island on June 13, 2014 in New York City. 

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He says he's desperate but Ed Sheeran sounds pretty good on the new track "I'm a Mess" from his highly anticipated sophomore album "x" that's out Monday. 

Earlier this week Sheeran told fans at his album release party in Los Angeles, "I'm generally a happy person, my songs just tend to be a bit down."

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That makes sense in the context of "I'm A Mess," which starts with the confession: "Oh I'm a mess right now, inside out. Searching for the sweet surrender but this is not the end. I can't work it out."

On the track premiered by MTV, Sheeran's intimate voice carries over simple guitar strokes as he describes a night of loneliness and longing that erupts with fiery passion.  

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