Over the years Alexander Ebert and his gang have been preaching the beauty of life, love and music, and their 2013 self titled record continues to deliver those messages.
35-year-old Alexander has gone through a lot in his life and music is his therapy, this is very obvious once again in this record. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros channels back to the bands fantastic 2009 debut album Up From Below while also incorporating some of the more mysterious darker tones of their not quite as fantastic 2012 album Here. The band found major success from their break out single Home, but seemed to distance themselves form that toe-tapping, dancey sound on Here, an understandable artistic decision, but I'm sure the bands fans are very happy to hear some much more positive, uplifting sounds on this LP. Tracks like Better Days, Country Calling and In The Lion produce some jazzy bass-lines, funky melodies, and groovy hooks that Here was desperately calling for.
"These songs mean everything to me - It's the rawest, most liberated, most rambunctious stuff we've done." Alexander claims on a facebook post for the announcement of the new album back in May 2013. Lyrically, this is clearly some of the best stuff we've heard from the band, "Try to remember, that you can't forget / Down with history, up with your head" Alex sings with the Zeros cheerfully backing him up on the records introduction track Better Days.
The album wraps up with the epic tune This Life, a perfect choice for the finale. Alexander sings of the troubled times of his old life and his decision to never go back. "Oh, this life ain't for me now / It's for you." That's what Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are all about. Reflect, move on and rejoice.