Up From Below (Deluxe Edition)
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
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"40 Day Dream," the Motown-infused, OutKast-inspired, heavily orchestrated "Beatlesque" soul jam that opens Up from Below, serves as a pretty good litmus test for what follows. Listeners who are put off by the robe-wearing Polyphonic Spree's cultish glazed-eye self-help anthems or cringe when they hear the Mamas & the Papas' "Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon" would be advised to get off the magic bus early, as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros have crafted a love letter to Laurel Canyon and all of its quasi-mystic juju that is as infuriatingly contrived and retro as it is forward-thinking and majestic. Formed in 2007 by Ima Robot frontman Alex Ebert, the mammoth 11-piece outfit embraces "the Summer of Love" with enough period beards, fonts, and Eastern mysticism to launch a thousand "Magical Mystery Tours," but despite all of the analog equipment and peacenik grandstanding, standout tracks like "Home," "Desert Song," and the aforementioned "40 Day Dream" sweep you up in their grandeur like a patchouli tornado and dare you to take your clothes off and jump in the lake with them. [Up from Below was also released on LP.]
Come on, Apple
What an incredibly condescending, pretentious, self-consciously-artsy Apple review for this album. I like the music a lot. Without diving into contrived interpretations of the 60s music scene, the music itself is why I bought it...and why I enjoy it so much.
Home, Janglin and Up From Below are fantastic and the rest of the album is great too. One of the best newer groups to come along in a while. Go to You Tube and see their performance of Home on The David Letterman Show and you will become an instant fan.
Best new band
Love this bands sound and energy! They have a fresh sound but also a taste of the 70's sprinkled in.
Formed: 2007 in Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: '00s, '10s
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