10 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The far-out folk band now has a more grown-up sound, and that's not the only change. Their sole female member, singer Jade Castrinos, left in 2014 after a decade, causing the remaining 10 members to reimagine their sound. Their fourth album, PersonA, forgoes their signature cutesy quirk in favor of stricter editing and deeper lyrics, making it their tightest, cleanest, and most serious work yet. Longtime fans shouldn’t worry—the songs are still dreamy and delirious and philosophically charged. But they’re also more patient and purposeful. “Uncomfortable, you’ve got to get uncomfortable,” sings frontman Alex Ebert on the eerie track, “Uncomfortable," about personal growth. If it’s a lesson he learned first-hand, it shows.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The far-out folk band now has a more grown-up sound, and that's not the only change. Their sole female member, singer Jade Castrinos, left in 2014 after a decade, causing the remaining 10 members to reimagine their sound. Their fourth album, PersonA, forgoes their signature cutesy quirk in favor of stricter editing and deeper lyrics, making it their tightest, cleanest, and most serious work yet. Longtime fans shouldn’t worry—the songs are still dreamy and delirious and philosophically charged. But they’re also more patient and purposeful. “Uncomfortable, you’ve got to get uncomfortable,” sings frontman Alex Ebert on the eerie track, “Uncomfortable," about personal growth. If it’s a lesson he learned first-hand, it shows.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
83 Ratings
83 Ratings
The Dapper Dane

Sounds great

Girls or not - these songs sound really sharpe

Apple175

Bleh

Jade was the band. Call yourself something else. Because you are not the same when I first liked you. Unsubscribe...

museAKLovER

This is incredible

I have no idea what people are talking about when writing that they miss Jade. She’s no longer in the band, get over it. If you want some hokey male, female sing a long camp go listen to of monsters and men. This album is incredible start to finish. Their best work yet. The smooth rhythms and sprawling melodies that this band alone can deliver is unparalleled. I prepared myself to be disappointed this time around and was utterly blown away. Wake Up The Sun and Hot Coals are instant classics. I can’t wait to see/hear this alum performed live. Excellent.

About Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Formed in 2007 by Ima Robot frontman Alex Ebert after a brief period of existential crisis, the cultish ten-piece indie rock outfit Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros draw their inspiration from the communal musical communities that peppered Southern California (specifically Laurel Canyon) with positive vibrations during the '60s and early '70s. Employing a unique sound that brought to mind a not-so-subtle mix of Parliament, Polyphonic Spree, Bob Marley, and the Incredible String Band, the then 11-piece group released its debut EP, Here Comes, in May 2009, followed by the full-length Up from Below in July. The band grew in renown based in part on its fiery live show, touring often and making several television appearances, including multiple performances on Late Night with David Letterman. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros followed up their debut in 2012 with the full-length Here, one of two albums the band had planned for release that year. It climbed to number five on the Billboard 200, also charting in France and Australia. It would be 2013 before a third, self-titled album materialized. It hit the U.S. Top 15, and in 2014, among many solo projects within the band, Ebert won a Golden Globe for his score for the 2013 Robert Redford film All Is Lost. With a more focused approach that gathered the whole band, by then a ten-piece, into a single room to write and record as a group, the PersonA LP was released in the spring of 2016. It featured cover art that redacted "Edward Sharpe and" with red lines to emphasize the unity. ~ James Christopher Monger & Marcy Donelson

ORIGIN
Los Angeles, CA
FORMED
2007

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