Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes – Person A

edwards sharpe and the magnetic zeros sharpThe great thing about musical collectives is that you never know what you are going to get. With a multitude of musical influences and tastes it is like making a stew with a lot of different ingredients in that it will always turn out a little different each time. That unknown factor is kinda fun. The risk is that you get an album that sounds a little too all over the place with no cohesion. Such is not the case with the fourth album from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. Yes, there is plenty of variety in the sound but it still works all together. Admittedly though, there are some odd moments to be found within the ten tracks. Whereas tracks like “Uncomfortable”, “Somewhere” and “Free Stuff” are all rather upbeat and catchy, “Hot Coals” and “Wake Up the Sun” do not work. The odd moments happen when they try to do something a little different with the vocals. Most of these experiments fall flat on their face. Better moments happen when they delve into a jazz influenced sound with soft keyboards and horns.

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