Review: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZerosIt’s another “nobody tinkered with the formula and it’s a good thing” sort of review, this time for the self-titled third release from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The band’s always been known for its sincerely happy homespun sound – I don’t want to call them “a Southern, more Afropop-ish Arcade Fire” but there you go – and there’s more of this in their new album. Some lovely lo-fi on “Two”, a bit of worldly shaking on “In The Summer”, an odd (separate, but it flows that way) take on Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra on “They Were Wrong” and “Remember to Remember”, respectively. It doesn’t quite reach the high of their previous album – “Home”, of course, seems to encapsulate the best of Alex Ebert and the gang – but it’s not as if you’ll be completely lost here: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is as comfortable as it can get. [NB] | 3/5

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