Here - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 91
    Before you dismiss them as Hollywood hippies, know that they're serious about the lovely troubadour melodies on Here.
  2. May 24, 2012
    88
    It's hard to find many flaws in this new disc from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
  3. Jun 7, 2012
    80
    The production is just off-kilter enough to set them apart from the folk-rock pack, and they wisely resist the temptation to use their sprawling lineup as an excuse to imitate Arcade Fire.
  4. May 29, 2012
    80
    [Here shows] a true progression without losing any of the magic that made their first album such a breath of fresh air. Simply superb.
  5. May 29, 2012
    80
    Too many bearded men in isolation have sapped such joy from the genre, but Here brings it back in full.
  6. Jun 7, 2012
    70
    Few albums dare to even come close to this stunning degree of grandeur, but with Here the Magnetic Zeros not only raise the bar, but easily scale it as well.
  7. Jun 5, 2012
    70
    It's the kind of magical revisionism you can attempt 45 years down the line. And they damn near pull it off.
  8. Blessed with an old-fashioned FM radio charm, Here is a worthy follow-up.
  9. May 24, 2012
    70
    An album that is beautifully performed, but which could do with a little more of the sunny disposition that defined the band's first album.
  10. 70
    It's hard to say whether Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros has hit their stride with Here, their second album--but it's safe to say that it brings forth just as much energy as the band's 2009 debut, Up From Below.
  11. May 31, 2012
    60
    There's enough creative progress here to prove that the band isn't in a holding pattern, though they're shrewd enough to still be easily recognizable to the audience that formed around their debut.
  12. May 30, 2012
    60
    A good deal of this album sounds like it could've been recorded by a lone foot-stomping folksinger, carrying over the intimate, around-the-kitchen-table ambience of Ebert's 2011 solo release, Alexander.
  13. Balminess, after all, is the chief asset of this second album's slow-rolling, harmonic country-gospel jams.
  14. 60
    If Up From Below was a crazy dance festival, Here is the smooth joint smoked in the shade afterwards.
  15. May 29, 2012
    60
    The album comes up short in the song department and doesn't quite get by on its abundance of free-love signifiers.
  16. May 29, 2012
    50
    He sounds absolutely defeated on this short, non-starter of a record.
  17. May 30, 2012
    49
    Here winds up an album of originals, sung by the people who wrote them, but somehow resembling more than anything else a campfire sing-along of someone else's songs.
  18. Oct 30, 2012
    40
    Frontman Alex Ebert shoots more sincerity with the sophomore effort, which paradoxically results in a set that feels about as authentic as his previous Ima Robot persona.
  19. Oct 12, 2012
    40
    As tourism, fine, but it's no trip. [Jul 2012, p.103]
  20. Jun 19, 2012
    40
    Two albums in, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros sound just as phony as Ima Robot did. [No.88 p.59]
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 11, 2012
    9
    Love this album and have played it over and over. Beautifully crafted songs, great melodies and there aren't any tracks that sound likeLove this album and have played it over and over. Beautifully crafted songs, great melodies and there aren't any tracks that sound like "fillers". One of the best albums I have listened to in recent times, I have bought tickets to their concert in Sydney this October. As a bonus, I get to see Mumford and Sons as well! Full Review »
  2. Aug 26, 2013
    4
    [4.0] You can't be your own band with your own sound if you are stuck in a genre that has retired long ago. This album doesn't do anything[4.0] You can't be your own band with your own sound if you are stuck in a genre that has retired long ago. This album doesn't do anything interesting, doesn't do anything new, and certainly isn't an improvement. Full Review »
  3. Jun 25, 2012
    9
    Hippy songs to celebrate love & life. Sounds like Lambchop at times, with arrangements that resemble The Walker Brothers. Great album. I don'tHippy songs to celebrate love & life. Sounds like Lambchop at times, with arrangements that resemble The Walker Brothers. Great album. I don't know why it was dismissed by most critics, maybe the excess of love & religious imagery. But what's the damage! Full Review »