Review: Magnetic Zeros stay 'Sharpe' on self-titled CD
‘Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros'
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (Vagrant)
My appreciation for the Alex Ebert-fronted indie rock collective Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros has grown with each of the band's albums. I was rather ambivalent about their 2009 “Up From Below” but really enjoyed last summer's “Here.” Ebert & Co. have raised the bar even higher on their self-titled third full-length, a delightful gathering of 13 tunes that never wanes over the course of its 52-minute running time.
After a good but not great start to the record with “Better Days,” ES&MZ finds its groove with a series of spectacular tunes that rank among the outfit's best compositions to date. Among the many standouts here are “Let's Get High,” “Country Calling,” personal favorite “Life Is Hard,” “If I Were Free,” “In the Summer” and “This Life.” Highly recommended.
Jeffrey Sisk is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1952,or firstname.lastname@example.org
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