Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jan 27, 2014
    80
    Nominally folk gospel, they embrace an array of styles from rock to dance, via unashamedly esoteric. [Oct 2013, p.100]
  2. 75
    This self-titled outing generates its best vibes when Ebert throws his arms around deep-seated psychedelia like the skronking "Let's Get High" and the chiming head trip "If I Were Free." [26 Jul 2013, p.67]
  3. 75
    The freedom of expression and thematic irregularity that we hear while listening to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is a fabulous release from the traditionally despised contract that constrained Ebert’s first and former band, Ima Robot.
  4. Brilliant, frustrating, thrilling and irritating. In other words, exactly what we’ve come to expect from an Edward Sharpe album.
  5. Jul 23, 2013
    70
    Ringleader Alex Ebert produced the album and sonically, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros feels slick and compressed.
  6. 70
    Even despite her [Jade Castrinos] standout moments and Ebert’s assurance that Edward Sharpe is now something much bigger than him and a rehab-inspired alter-ego, the whole thing is his show, through and through.
  7. Jul 22, 2013
    70
    The album's adventurous musical scope serves to further expand the mythos behind Ebert's ego-fueled, drug-addled, socio-religious musical experiment.
  8. Oct 4, 2013
    60
    Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes may not be the most stellar example of what the title band can do, but is worth a listen to fans of the band and fans of new versions of old styles of music making.
  9. 60
    The cult-like enthusiasm of The Magnetic Zeros is best experienced live, where their massed forces translate into a somewhat muddy morass.
  10. Aug 22, 2013
    60
    His songs are, in places, bleaker than on his previous two albums.
  11. Aug 21, 2013
    60
    Of course, as with any such unrelentingly blissful formula, if their sky-facing euphoria and sentimentality can’t be matched then the whole thing can be terribly nauseating.
  12. Jul 31, 2013
    60
    Their self-titled LP has the troupe’s familiar indie-“folk”-meets-psychedelia soundings, yet adds some new wrinkles.
  13. Jul 23, 2013
    60
    At their best, they conjure a California-commune Arcade Fire. But they can also verge on a hippie Hee Haw.
  14. Jul 22, 2013
    60
    Only a handful of the tracks here have a lot of staying power, and the rest, while always colorful and even enjoyable, are fast to fade.
  15. Jul 22, 2013
    55
    Ultimately, it's unfair and even glib to say this album doesn't hold water because it has no "Home" or "40 Day Dream," but all the same, one laments the loss of the magical, poppy Midas touch Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros once wielded with such ease.
  16. Aug 9, 2013
    45
    It's not the music that sinks Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, it's those lyrics: well-intentioned, certainly, but as deep as the bowl on a one-hitter.
  17. Aug 26, 2013
    40
    A bright, colour-saturated record indebted to the loopiest excesses of 60s psychedelia – but the chirpiness is wearing thin.
  18. 40
    There might well be a genuine intention on Ebert’s part to produce something of real artistic worth, but so long as he remains as verbally vapid and as musically undisciplined as he has been on this record, it’s hard to see his output having serious appeal to anybody who wants to be engaged on a level beyond mindless singalong.
  19. Jul 23, 2013
    40
    Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros finds the band/collective in the less useful act of simply aping a style, in this case the electric praise music of feel-good Christian hippies.
  20. Jul 22, 2013
    40
    On record, though--and particularly this one, which presents churchy performances in mixes both realistic and surreal--these same Up With People tropes don't work as well, particularly with prolonged exposure, as inferior follow-ups to promising debuts by the Polyphonic Spree and I'm From Barcelona have proven.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jul 29, 2013
    10
    This band keeps getting better and better. Every song in this album is so powerful and amazing that you can't stop listening to it! A trueThis band keeps getting better and better. Every song in this album is so powerful and amazing that you can't stop listening to it! A true masterpiece. Full Review »
  2. Jul 23, 2013
    8
    This band keeps doing what it does, and it does it better than anyone else is doing. Good music is good music, and while some critics can'tThis band keeps doing what it does, and it does it better than anyone else is doing. Good music is good music, and while some critics can't seem to separate the music from the story behind it (Ima Robot and the question of "how can these guys be for real?"), there really is no denying that this is simply "good music." Forget about hippies, folk revival, Lennon, and hipsters. Forget about Ebert and his past, and forget that this is 2013 and not 1970. Don't read Pitchfork and don't read Spin. If you are in the mood to accept this music for what it is (creatively melodic, adventurous, convincing and well executed), then the music will speak for itself. Even the tracks that at first glance seem to be "filler" grow into favorites after a few listens. A great album from a great band that is doing something unique. Nuff said. Full Review »
  3. Jun 2, 2014
    10
    Bandleader-vocalist, Alex Ebert is full on love drunk in band's third LP. With a sort of psychedelic and 1970's sound, this album will leaveBandleader-vocalist, Alex Ebert is full on love drunk in band's third LP. With a sort of psychedelic and 1970's sound, this album will leave you with goose bumps and good vibes. The 10-piece band adds a rich and harmonious sound to Ebert's beautiful yet whiny voice. Seeing and hearing songs from this LP truly pull on your heartstrings and get you emotionally involved in the concert.

    Overall, an upbeat and positive album that will be sure to bring a smile to your face.
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