Review: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Up From BelowPosted: November 6, 2009
I often look at musicians and wonder what events took place in their life to lead them to look the way they do and play the way they do. People aren’t born with costumes and beards and a certain style of clothing, they grow to be that way.
Just a thought.
(From L-R: the band)
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, a 10-piece from Los Angeles, to me anyway, play what I like to call ‘big-band folk rock’.
Their first full-length, Up From Below, is a marvelous effort of epic proportions. These uplifting sing-alongs have a sort of ‘family’ feel to them that hits you immediately and is very comforting. Another thing I noticed is that very rarely is there one person singing at a time on this album. These group vocals implore you to join in and dance around and jump and laugh. The level of intimacy achieved by large bands during performances is something that is pretty much unmatched by anything short of actually playing in the band you are currently watching/listening to at the same time. You could call it a feel-good album.
Yeah, that’s definitely what it is.