Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Here

January 01, 1970





Amplified by oversized ambitions and a penchant
for sheer spectacle, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros reappear after an
extended absence determined to make up for lost time. A communal combo boasting
a similar pedigree as Polyphonic Spree, the band’s first of two albums
scheduled for release this year (in this case, simply titled Here), boasts a gospel-like sense of
celebration as befits such a celestial sounding ensemble.


Its initial offering, “Man on Fire” — a
determined dirge replete with celestial choir and vocal whoops for emphasis —
marks one of many highlights, but the tongue-in-cheek repartee of “That’s
What’s Up” (“You be the church, I’ll be the steeple/You be the king, I’ll be
the people”) and the fervor of ” Don’t Wanna Pray” and “Child” also provide
distinction. Ultimately though, it’s tough to readily categorize their sound,
given the band’s ability to blur the boundaries between genres and invest in
such a vast array of widescreen instrumentation. 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.


DOWNLOAD: “Man on Fire,” “Don’t Wanna Pray,” “That’s

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