SNEAK PEAK: EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS SELF-TITLED ALBUM

SNEAK PEAK: EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS SELF-TITLED ALBUM

Leigh MichaelWednesday,17 July 2013

The Snap:

NPR’s First Listen series pulls through again with a preview of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ upcoming self-titled album. Featuring twelve out of the record’s fifteen songs, the compilation is a great opportunity to get a big peek at what the band has been concocting in the past year. Have a listen here.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros goes on sale 23 July. You can preorder the album via iTunes or Amazon – pick your poison.

The Download:

If you’re a regular TSD reader, then you’re well aware of my feelings for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (hint: I think they’re awesome). So it was a delight to get to listen to the band’s new album in (almost) full via NPR.

Jade Castrinos kills it with “Remember to Remember,” which has an unexpected — albeit lovely  — country twang. It’s more subdued than her past features (think “Fiya Wata“), but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. “Life is Hard” is another gem and hails back to their past anthemic material. Ditto for “In the Lion” and “This Life.” “Country Calling” has some barn-dance thing going on, but I really dig it. “Two” was the only song that I thought hovered in the realm of mediocrity, but it certainly isn’t skip-worthy.

In a sense, it seems like the band’s songs were written solely with the live stage in mind – First Listen writer Stephen Thompson describes their performances as “intoxicatingly celebratory, as 10 or more musicians combine to create a joyously uplifting mass clamor.” The music feels more like singalong/dance party material, rather than introspective/solo listening material. Every album is basically 80 minutes of good vibes – and who can’t use a bundle of auditory happiness now and then?

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Hat Tips:

TSD, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, NPR, iTunes, Image Credit: Flickr



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