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Alexander

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, AlexanderAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant Records
  • ASIN: B004IA25Q0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2011 debut solo album from the lead singer of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. The album includes 10 brand new songs that Alexander wrote and composed entirely himself. During breaks from touring with the Zeroes over the past year, Alexander began building and recording the pieces that would become the songs for this album alone in his bedroom. Before this album, all of the music he worked on had been collaborative, especially with the 10-person Magnetic Zeroes. There isn't a single sound on the album that Alexander didn't perform himself. Alone in his room, he had his guitar, a Lowery organ he picked up at a St. Vincent's thrift store in Los Angeles for 70 bucks, a clarinet, and a violin he'd found somewhere in Tucson on tour. He had his own voice, his breath, his knees to slap, his fingers to snap and his toes to tap.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By JG
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you're reading this, chances are you already know that Alexander Ebert is the frontman for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. It's interesting how he creates a totally different vibe on his self titled debut than with the Zeroes. This record arguably fits best in the "freak folk" genre (on that note, maybe the Zeroes fits in that genre too, but I digress). From the beginning, there's a distinct Dylan influence, both in non sequitur yet poetic sounding lyrics to the way Alexander enunciates the words in very similar fashion to a younger Dylan. As the album progresses, however, the listener might find himself or herself thinking "....wait, now he sounds a lot like Paul Simon....there's that unmistakable Afro Brazilian undercurrent, and the diction has morphed from Dylan to Simon...".

Like one of his fellow freak folk travelers, Devendra Banhart, there's also a Brazilian element going on here. Lastly, as one reviewer has pointed out, Alexander can belt out some of the best soul crooning this side of Marvin Gaye. Great listening, and a prominent reminder and example that there's still a lot of exciting, stimulating music being made today.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alexander Rules March 16, 2011
By John B
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If you are looking to be more in touch with your relaxed/Bohemian side, and suffering from road rage 9-5 disorder, then buy this album immediately. I have a CD collection, although been mostly downloading my indie favs in recent years, but felt compelled to buy the physical CD. I saw Edward Sharpe last year at Coachella and was blown away and have been into Ebert since.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Simian
Format:Audio CD
After seeing the video, or short film I would say, for "Kisses Over Babylon", I became an immediate fan and was hopeful the album would deliver exactly what I was expecting. It delivered so much more! The Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros debut album, Home, became a family staple. From the song called "Brother", which I dedicated to my deceased brother, to the title track "Home" which is my family's theme song now, the album is a sheer delight! "Alexander" is no different. Heart felt, poignant lyrics with such great melodies and a phenomenal backbeat! I listen to conscious Hip-Hop mostly and I never thought an album like this would speak to me, but it did in a tremendous way. My son is 8 years old and loves the song Truth as well as the other songs I've mentioned here from the previous album. My wife is more the Dylan-esque fan and this album covers all the bases for us as a unit. I'm extremely picky when it comes to music and Alexander Ebert seems to have an uncanny ability to tailor make music for my family and I. Let me put it this way, if you don't like the album, just send it to me as a donation. I'm sure we're going to need the extra copies!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the House that Alex Built September 21, 2011
By Rachel
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What does a profoundly gifted, innovative singer and songwriter do in between gigs? Well, if you're Alex Ebert, the lead vocalist of the legendary juggernaut "Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros," you seclude yourself in your bedroom and channel all of your boundless creativity, with reckless abandon, into a personal and uninhibited project. You make it completely your own--your intimate thoughts, your tributes to past and present influences, your own quirky blend of sounds and styles--and you even play every last instrument that accompanies your musical offering.

The remaining question, albeit a consideration that was glaringly absent from the production phase and ultimately insignificant to the value of the creation, was how it would be recieved by listeners. The release of the first single, "Truth," had audiences scrambling for what they assumed would be a rap infused, Bohemian-type affair. Therefore, the variation among tracks, which is only rivaled by that of the unpredictable directions of Ebert's disheveled facial hair, likely resulted in a collective and resounding jaw drop. It's style is completely incohesive--but, being an explorative enterprise and an expression of Ebert's vast musical influences, it's not meant to be thematic. Although it was probably not intentional, Ebert seemed to be toying with listeners who arrived at the scene with preconceptions and rigid expectations.

While "Truth" is the most radio-friendly, and sure to be the most well-recieved track on the album, it would be reprehensible to overlook the other exemplary output that it offers.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive April 25, 2011
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These are the laid-back, long-haired guys who came to your high school party in Sesame Street t-shirts and sandals and took all the girls with them when they left. What they've done here is upbeat indie folk-rock at its best. Rhythms that are joyful without being infantile, and lyrics that get deeper with every listen without being too pretentiously clever. I've been very pleasantly surprised by how long I've been keeping this album on repeat, without ever feeling the urge to skip tracks. If these songs had come out in the 60s, everyone in the country would know them by now.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truth and gems of a more folky style March 11, 2011
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I was, also, looking forward to this album because of the release of Truth, last fall. It has a laid back hippie, sing/rap vibe. However, with the release of A Million Years about a month or two ago, I realized that there'd be a diverse set of styles featured on this album. It is a great song, too! It did take me a few listens to get into the folky vibe that most of the rest of the album features. I give a solid 5 out of 5 stars for tracks 3 - 7 & 9. Track 9 is another surprise; sounds like a Sam Cooke balad! All in all, in recent memory, I can't think of many albums that I've enjoyed as thoroughly as this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A couple of songs were fine. The rest were not for me
This was not exactly the sound I wanted. A couple of songs were fine. The rest were not for me..
Published 1 month ago by victoria carvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth!
Genius!
Published 1 month ago by C. Dearth
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing.
This CD is so good I'm getting nervous just typing this review. How it is not more popular/successful is beyond me.

Truly incredible music.
Published 2 months ago by Contuzzi
4.0 out of 5 stars Alex Ebert Shows tons of promise
The album Alexander is upbeat, original, and endearing. I am definitely looking forward to Ebert's future projects.
Published 2 months ago by bravhat1234
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as Expected
Alexander Ebert never disappoints...a pure talent in a world of noise....
Anxiously waiting for his next project....please come soon...
highly recommended
Published 9 months ago by blevit
4.0 out of 5 stars My niece recommended this.
I really liked it when I heard it, there are some beautiful songs on it and I have already listened to it several times.
Published 10 months ago by Sally S. Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love this band!
I love this band and this CD!! You must check out this band if you haven't already. This arrived on time and in perfect condition.
Published 10 months ago by Liza
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
It takes a few listening sessions to really appreciate the album. However once you get there you really see this as great work.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars From down to up
When I am feeling down, I dig into some Alexander or some Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. I feel it, and move on.
Published 14 months ago by Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars It Grows On You
I like this better and better the more I listen to it. Very insightful lyrics and something different music wise.
Published 15 months ago by SteveC
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