Album Reviews, Culture, Indie / Alternative — August 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm

REVIEW: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Artist Name: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Title Name: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Label: Vagrant Records, Rough Trade Records
Reviewed by: Christopher Cheah
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American indie folk band Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros has been bringing about positive vibes through their music since 2007. The band’s music and image radiates vibes of the sixties and seventies hippie culture. Apart from gaining worldwide recognition with their phenomenal hit “Home” back in 2009, the band is also known for their engaging live performances, which quickly allowed them to become crowd favorites at music festivals. The touring band consists of at least ten members and has grown to deploy a dedicated string and horn selection for some of their concerts. With the winning combination of talented musicians, great songs, an engaging image and charismatic shows, this band continues to shift their audience’s realities to take them to a place where they can feel comfortably at ‘home’. With growing success of their previous records Up From Below and Here, the band has just released their latest self-titled album.

The songs and production in Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ new album are, for me, reminiscent to the earlier records of The Beatles – in a good way. With multiple layers of musical textures, a variety of different instruments and numerous vocal harmonies, the collective talents of the large band shine in their upbeat numbers “Better Days”, “Let’s Get High”, ‘”Life is Hard” and “In The Lion”. The album also creates a good balance of positive-hippie-ish vibes with the mellower songs “Please!” and “They Were Wrong”. “Two”, and “Remember to Remember” shift the limelight of Alex Ebert’s dynamic vocals to Jade Castrinos’ sweeter yet powerful voice. One would think the two vocalists are a musical match made in heaven.

Listening to the album in one sitting might shift your emotions more than what you might like. The mood changes between songs are a little erratic, but a good musical journey back into the era of flower power nonetheless. This justifiably self-titled album showcases the band matured and confident, managing to make each song unique and their own, sounding like the 21st century indie folk heroes that they are. 

 

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