In 2009, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros had immense success with their single “Home”. During the past four years, they stayed hovering over the success of that one song. Not even their entire followup album Here in 2012 could seem to match what “Home” brought them. Under the direction of frontman Alex Ebert, the ten piece band has released their new self titled album, and this time it stands up to the initial imprint Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros gave us four years earlier.
The songs themselves are breezy and psychedelically fun. The band sounds like a more put-together and cohesive ensemble, with each song distinctive from the last. Alex Ebert’s vocal personalities change fairly often, but they’re fitting for the seperate song. Of course, there’s no shortage of claps and stomps to keep the album rolling along, and nearly every song has a catchy chorus for an audience to sing along to. We all know that Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have a knack for live performances after touring extensively for six years, but their new album really solidifies them as a quintessential festival band. Key tracks include “They Were Wrong”, “This Life”, and “When You’re Young”.