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May 29, 2012

  Song Title
Man On Fire
That's What's Up
I Don't Wanna Pray
Dear Believer
One Love to Another
Fiya Wata
All Wash Out

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Label: Community Music / Vagrant Records
  • Copyright: Community Music/Vagrant Records
  • Total Length: 37:38
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  • ASIN: B0081J9OWC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,735 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Is What's Up On Edward Sharpe Followup May 29, 2012
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Around the time that Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros released Up From Below, I read in the music press that singer-visionary Alex Ebert had to go to rehab and get clean and sober before he could create the Edward Sharpe mythos and make this wild dreamy happy music. When I finally got to see this band's live show on the Railroad Revival Tour, I couldn't help being alarmed by Alex's aura of frantic and antics of folly. If this isn't a relapse, it must be some old-time religion.

When gathered as a band, they're not just messengers of love, they're old school troubadours, and they are also poets, painters, photographers, and chefs. On the follow-up album Here, we see some solid evidence that it's not bad drugs but good religion that's cascading all over my ears.

The record shifts from subtle woozy hypnotic gospel pop to overt folksy gospel revival, channeling a mystical mashup of Johnny and June Cash meets John and Yoko with mild dashes of Jack and Meg meets Sonny and Cher. It's all Up With People meets the Allman Brothers down at the groovy altar call. Permanent summer camp is in session, and we're all drunk on the non-alcoholic communion grape juice.

"Man On Fire" launches the ritual with a simple, profound, and grandiose request: "I want the whole damn world/To come dance with me." And the pop ambiance, people's message, and energizing-mesmerizing quality of the band's live shows actually make that possible.

"That's What's Up" reminds us that Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are still what's up. But it also reassures us that "Home,"Alex's epic duet with Jade Castrinos on the first album, was by no means a fluke. These two can sing to each other in ways that feel more than real.
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48 of 61 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a dissapointing follow-up June 6, 2012
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Really? I know negative reviews tend to be unpopular here, but either this band has lost something or I've lost the ability to appreciate them. Whereas 2009's "Up From Below" had a plethora of irresistible chant-along folk-rock choral epics and was packed with infectious harmonies & addictive melodies couched in big open-hearted anthems, "Here" seems thin and uninspired by comparison. These are down-home hippy commune sing-a-long folk/Americana/gospel tunes with hand-clapping, two-step, crowded back-porch rhythms and dreamy, quasi-religious lyrics. The album really just fails to materialize into anything meaningful or entertaining. Sometimes, at its best, it reminds of the Polyphonic Spree, Dead Man's Bones, Antony and the Johnsons. Mostly, it's just boring. Okay, I guess you can tell I'm disappointed. Ready for the backlash & negative votes.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Work, No Real Stand Out Singles June 14, 2012
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It has been almost three years since Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros released their debut album. For those of you who had the pleasure of hearing it, the hit single "Home" is likely still stuck in your head. With their long-awaited follow-up record finally here, the biggest question seemed to be as to whether they would be able to build upon their success with a now familiar audience. Unfortunately for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, that answer is likely no.

Much like Arcade Fire and The Polyphonic Spree, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are not lacking when it comes to band members. With 11 members at last count, Alex Ebert, the band's lead singer, and company make each song feel like a sing-along. Sometimes they harmonize and sometimes they just throw in the occasional whistle or hoot in the background to add a live feel to their studio recordings, but each member plays a crucial role and helps the music to stand out from a standard four-piece rock band.

Although the number of members makes them relatively unique, to get radio play, the songs have to be more than just unique, they have to be catchy; that is where Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros fall short. "Here" is not a bad record. In fact, as an album, "Here" is significantly more consistent and enjoyable from start to finish than "Up From Below" was in 2009. However, there is one extremely significant missing piece and that is a standout single.

"Home" still receives a great deal of radio play even today because it is completely engaging. It is almost as if you can hear each member of the band smiling as they sing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I never really got into Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros when I first heard them on the radio with their hit single, "home". I like the song alot, maybe I just passed it off as one of those one hit wonders and didn't feel I needed to investigate them more. I WAS WRONG.

I saw they had a new album being released so I thought i'd give it a go, it was well worth it. This is one of those genre busting bands that you can't put a tag on. Although if I had to it would be gospel/folk. I might have just started a new genre, if so you heard it here first, tell your friends. The first song is a perfect example.... "Man on Fire" this sound could have easily been released from the 60's to present day. To top it off I'm pretty sure there is a didgeridoo in mixed in the song as well. "That's Whats Up" and "I don't want to pray" are really strong songs as well. Mayla is a good one instrumentally but I think they could have left off what minimal singing there was, kind of ruins it. "Dear Believer" is a great tune, they even solve the answer of why we are on Earth in the song... "Reaching for heaven is what I'm on Earth to do..." Just Beautiful, I'm not a religious guy by any means but you can take it any way you want to. "One Water" is a more country-esque song that could have been heard in the 70's rocking out with Lynyrd Skynyrd. And to close it all out they have the dreamy tune "All Wash Out".

Tell your friend to tell their friends, to tell their friends about this one. Now I've got to go listen to their older stuff.... for more reviews and music recommendations
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1.0 out of 5 stars last time i list to recomendations
go grab a bible and sing a sun beam, to brady bunch electric kool aid jump off a bridge and hurt your bumb
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent
Heard these guys on Letterman and thought I'd take a chance. Good listening, not great but enjoyable. Man on Fire is by far my favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen!!
I can't stress enough that if you haven't listened to them yet then you must do so now!!! You won't be sorry! This arrived on time and in perfect condition.
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