• Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: Jul 14, 2009
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros have crafted a love letter to Laurel Canyon and all of its quasi-mystic juju that is as infuriatingly contrived and retro as it is forward-thinking and majestic.
  2. Following a good few listens, Up From Below's ebb and flow is replaced with definite peaks and troughs, leaving such highlights dulled down.
  3. 68
    Void of irony but sounding slightly inauthentic, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes hit the right notes but may be a little late to the revival. [Summer 2009, p.96]
  4. 60
    To be fair, Sharpe, a dramatic alter-ego for leader/singer Alex Ebert, does corral a few tunes infectious enough to last the distance on Broadway. [Sep 2009, p.90]
  5. This is intoxicating psych-indie for heady days in unbroken sunshine.
  6. Weird to say about a hippie, but it's humanity that's missing in Sharpe's mild but mannered and certainly unmemorable music, which feels focus-grouped, stone-washed, and artificial.
  7. Up From Below is an album to be commended, even if it might lead to the scourge of other hippie hipsters appearing in buses across the nation.
  8. The group's attempts to evoke Age of Aquarius utopianism are suffocated by self-consciousness; the record feels like an art-college thesis.
  9. They might recall that the Polyphonic Spree did something very similar--until the public cottoned on to the need for more and better songs. It's easy to imagine the Zeroes turning plenty of heads before a similar letdown follows.
  10. 80
    They deliver a debut of confidence and conviction. [Oct 2009, p.112]
  11. While perhaps slightly overlong, Up From Below is an album that is almost impossible to dislike, performed as it is with such infectious zest. [Summer 2009, p.61]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Aug 20, 2010
    5
    I listened to this album over and over for about a week but I failed to grow a beard, wear bold plaid shirts, or ride a fixie. So I think mostI listened to this album over and over for about a week but I failed to grow a beard, wear bold plaid shirts, or ride a fixie. So I think most the magic was lost after a few listens. Your results may vary. Full Review »
  2. EricC
    Aug 31, 2009
    3
    Way too selfconciously cutesy and quirky to swallow without gagging. Harsh? Probably. But this is the kind of boring, formulaic indie rock Way too selfconciously cutesy and quirky to swallow without gagging. Harsh? Probably. But this is the kind of boring, formulaic indie rock that led to the derogatory term "hipster". The talent is definitely there, but when the aesthetic is this irritating, it's just impossible to enjoy this album. How the hype machine got going for these guys is beyond me. So many other bands are doing this, and doing it better. And that's it. Full Review »
  3. Aug 18, 2013
    6
    [6.7] Some credit must be given to the band for at least making indie folk music interesting, but any appeal the band has is overshadowed by[6.7] Some credit must be given to the band for at least making indie folk music interesting, but any appeal the band has is overshadowed by their generally annoying sound. That's not to say there aren't any good tracks on this record, just most of them get old very quickly. Full Review »