It would not be foolish to think that a breakout band, with a breakout song that took the world by storm, would have a hard time following up on the success that followed. It would be foolish however to think that of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The new album “Here” finds the lead singer Alex Ebert and his merry band of musicians in fine, folk rock form, wearing the past 2 years of extraordinary success like a badge of honor.
The album opens with the rambling, dreamy “Man on Fire” which has the front man asking the listener to put aside heartache and pain to come and dance. In the Zeros world there is no time for feeling sorry for oneself when there is so much love in the world, and with the second track “That’s What’s Up” any lingering thoughts keeping you from dancing along have been swept away. As with their previous album “Up from Below” the 2 founding members of the band, Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos, trade off lead vocals as effortlessly as ever, making for the type of sing-along, feel good music that has come to define the band. On the stand out track “One Love to Another” Alex channels his inner Paul Simon, by way of Bob Marley, and with the help of a sweet xylophone solo you can’t help but get swept up in the good vibes pouring out of the speakers.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have created a stellar follow-up with the album “Here” and if this is any indication of things to come for the band, then we as their faithful followers have many dancing years ahead.