Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Q Magazine
    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. Entertainment Weekly
    Jul 22, 2013
    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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  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. Sep 14, 2015
    10
    From the first time I heard this album could not stop more , I feel it is exactly about what artists should sing in the current worldFrom the first time I heard this album could not stop more , I feel it is exactly about what artists should sing in the current world situation , should sing about love, should sing about freedom and political consciousness , and this album is just that, they managed to make a work of art , worthy of being heard and followed by this generation

    Desde a primeira vez que ouvi esse álbum não consegui parar mais, sinto que é exatamente sobre isso que os artistas deveriam cantar na situação atual do mundo, deveriam cantar sobre amor, deveriam cantar sobre liberdade e consciência politica, e esse álbum representa exatamente isso, eles conseguiram fazer uma obra de arte, digna de ser ouvida e seguida por essa geração
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