Four years after Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes released their debut album, Up From Below — and its ubiquitous hit “Home” — everyone’s favorite renegade gypsy ensemble returns with a new, self-titled album. This third LP retains several memorable qualities of the two previous albums, like gospel overtones, communal chants, and genuine elation. “Better Days,” the album’s notable single, starts with muffled dance-hall stomping that escalates into intense clattering snare. “Two” is a great, simple duet between frontman Alex Ebert and vocalist Jade Castrinos, featuring elegantly layered guitars, shakers, and whoop-whoop vocal patterns. The band continues its streak of heartfelt tracks like “Let’s Get High,” a clamorous celebration song, and “Country Calling,” a wanderlust hymn about breathing the L.A.smog, and the wailing lament “Remember to Remember,” which includes another of Castrinos’s brief appearances.
This review was originally published for the Santa Barbara Independent on Aug. 5, 2013 at http://www.independent.com/news/2013/aug/05/edward-sharpe-magnetic-zeros/
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